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What It's Like Inside the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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Attending the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards was kind of like going to a really fancy, rowdy wedding. There was a dress code ("creative black tie," to be exact), a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, bottomless booze and Evian, an MC and tons of cheering. Oh, and many, many famous people.

Although watching the Oscars red carpet live from the bleachers last year was an awesome experience, we have to admit that being inside an official awards show definitely has its perks. For one, you can rub elbows with stars at the open bar in-between commercial breaks, which allowed us to slyly examine their wardrobes. (Anne Hathaway's fierce gold Oscar de la Renta gown was ridic in person and Bradley Cooper's dapper grey Tom Ford suit nearly overshadowed his impossibly blue eyes.)

You also get to catch all the best sound bites—profanity and all!—and see how the audience really reacts. For instance, when Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Miserables, she called out the Broadcast Film Critics Association for misspelling her name, which was a huge laugh for all. She then adorably gave a shout to her "brand new husband" that she "couldn't love more." Another favorite was funny lady Rebel Wilson, who praised Louis XIII Genius Award winner Judd Apatow for giving her her big break: "Before Bridesmaids, I was just a street girl who sometimes did crack."

The night's major moment was when Oscar-snubbed Ben Affleck jokingly started his Best Director acceptance speech with "I'd like to thank the Academy," which prompted roaring applause and a standing ovation. He followed that up with, "Just kidding, this is the one that really counts!" His movie Argo then went on to win Best Picture, and we definitely didn't mind when executive producer George Clooney joined the cast on stage to accept the award.

Click through the gallery for some show snaps and take a peek at the complete winners list here.
· Critic's Choice Awards [Official Site]
· What It's Like Watching the Oscars Red Carpet Live [Racked]
· Play Tina Fey & Amy Poehler's Golden Globes Drinking Game [Racked]
· 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Win Big at Critics' Choice Movie Awards [THR]