Women take top prizes at Critics Choice Awards | Festivals and awards

Yes, the show continued. Hollywood’s best movies and TV were recognized at the 26th Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, via a hybrid in-person / virtual format. Taye Diggs hosted for the third year and started the night by joking about the stars dressed in formal at the top and comfy at the bottom due to Zoom’s headshot format. All acceptance speeches were transmitted in this format around the world – private lounges, home offices and hotel suites.

The highlight for me was meeting Anya Taylor-Joy, in the winners press room, winner of the Best Actress award. Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit,” which follows her life in an orphanage in the mid-1950s as a thriving chess prodigy and continues into the 1960s after her addiction to drugs and drugs. alcohol until recovery. Based on the 1983 Walter Tevis novel of the same name, the seven-part series was written and directed by Scott Frank, who created it with Allan Scott.

Anya Taylor-Joy appeared with beautiful deep red transparent gloves that matched the striking color of her strappy maxi dress. She answered the first question from a reviewer who said, “A lot of people think Beth Harmon’s story isn’t over, are there any plans to continue?” She responded by saying that she appreciates that people want to spend more time with a character that she loves too, but the series has always been designed to be limited. She ended with a glimmer of hope, responding, “Never say never”.

In chatting with her afterwards, I congratulated her on her wonderful performance while informing her that I had taught chess to my students as a former teacher. She said, with a look of surprise followed by a big smile, “Really?” I asked him, “What have you learned about the world from chess?” She replied, “Oh my God, that’s such a beautiful metaphor, you can have a plan that you can adapt, you have to be able to pivot and think on your feet, knowing when to attack and when to defend is important. , and you have to learn how to do both. You also know that you need all the pieces on the board; it’s not just the queen running. You need all of them. I would say these are two of the things I learned from chess. “

If this was a typical show, I would have gone on to talk about the implications of his female character on the game of chess for girls and women around the world. As most know, chess competitions have a history of boys and men leading the sport. The series reflects the reluctance of men to treat women with respect in the game of chess and beyond. Her smart, hardworking persona presents a bird’s-eye view of female perseverance, achieving individual rewards and breaking down barriers.

By the way, my dad, Richard Knight, taught me how to play chess in high school because I believe he wanted someone to play with, although it allowed me to spend some quality time with him because I was the oldest of five siblings. He bought me books from chess masters, we worked on openings, various predefined boards, strategies, etc. I will never forget the day I finally won a game – I ran through the house cheering with joy. Years later, I have taught gifted children and used chess to teach life lessons and critical thinking skills. I thank my dad for teaching me the game and I miss him a lot.

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