But there were other strong messages, including a timely sketch between Munn and Nash about the "Good Guys" in Hollywood that took note of their vocal support during the Golden Globes. Is a show of solidarity a one-time thing?
Tither-Kaplan later told The Los Angeles Times that Franco participated in an "abuse of power" on his film sets and created a "culture of exploiting non-celebrity women". Now, the Critics Choice prizes have been awarded.
Four former students from Studio 4, the now-shuttered film school Franco founded, spoke to the L.A. Times and shared instances in which they say the actor overstepped his boundaries. How could it not be?
Ahead of the show, Olivia admitted that she wouldn't shy away from bringing up the recent Hollywood sexual harassment scandal at the event, after speaking out publicly about her personal experiences. And a thought we definitely wanted to hold on to, for at least a little while longer.
Chris Hemsworth has praised the Critics' Choice Awards for holding "much needed constructive conversations" about pressing issues in Hollywood.
TheGrio caught up with one of the film's stars on the red carpet and he had a lot to say about the provocative project.
Although we have to give a shout out to Asia Kate Dillon for turning up in flared trousers, high-tops and a "Black Lives Matter" cropped sweatshirt.
Rachel Bloom dings former host TJ Miller during Critics' Choice Awards
She dedicated her win to "all of the women" in the room - including her mum who was watching via FaceTime. "She's not ideal and that makes her real".
Actress and humanitarian Angelina, 42, wowed in a white Ralph and Russo dress, which was covered with feathers.
Kate Bosworth channelled 80s Madonna in a white lace gown from the Brock Collection.
She was joined at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica by Kate Bosworth, who wowed in an off-white gown from The Brock Collection, and Diane Kruger who wore a Vera Wang gown.
Kaley Cuoco's J Mendel gown with a plunging neckline and sheer bottom was among our favourites from the evening.
If Kidman is finally victorious at SAG, she'd be the fourth person to bag the Emmy, Globe, Critics' Choice Award and SAG for a TV movie/limited series performance after Julianne Moore ("Game Change"), Michael Douglas ("Behind the Candelabra") and Sarah Paulson ("The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story").More news: Security researchers reveal flaw in WhatsApp encryption