Reunited and It Feels So Good
January 11, 2005

It was a rowdy night of star reunions at the Critics Choice Awards, Monday, and only "Extra" was backstage with Tom Cruise as he and his "Collateral" friends and co-stars Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith, celebrated their big night. And Tom had good reason to be happy -- the critic's choice for best actor was none other than Jamie for "Ray."

"I've always said that this movie is a blessing," Jamie admitted. And Tom was quick to pat his buddy on the back, insisting, "He's awesome -- but he already knows. We already kiss his ass morning and night."

"You know you can't kiss his ass too much," chimed in Jada jokingly.

And while it's certainly Jamie's year to shine, the critics and Jada used the night to honor Tom's career by presenting him with the Distinguished Career Achievement Award.

"Well, hearing it from Jada, it sounded pretty good," Tom told us. "Every day I go as hard as I can, and every film that I look at, I know that for whatever reason, I gave it everything that I had, and I learned a lot."

But Tom's big award wasn't the only gift for the superstar; Jamie let "Extra" in on Mr. Cruise's top-secret (and late) Christmas present: "We got him a missile. It's about thirteen inches and it says 'Cruise Missile' on it. So he doesn't know yet, but he'll be getting that in the next couple of days."

So, how about a gift for the rest of us, like say, "Collateral 2?" "'Collateral 2,' he was not dead on the train, the train ends up in San Bernardino," Jamie joked. "I get a limo service, Jada's working the front desk, and the next thing you know, he gets in the limo."

And while Tom, Jamie and Jada certainly stole the spotlight, it was "Sideways" that stole the critics' hearts. Paul Giamatti and crew picked up five awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and Best Ensemble.

"It is intense man," Giamatti said of the film's surprise success. "It's kind of scary. It's snowballing, it's great though; it's really great."

Meanwhile, Hilary Swank took home Top Actress honors for "Million Dollar Baby," and she told "Extra," "I'm still speechless. I stood up there going, 'Um, um, um,' because I'm just speechless."

And awards season just keeps rolling on, with today's announcements of the Screen Actors Guild nominations (see story) and next week's Golden Globes, as well as the Directors, Writers and Producers Guilds holding their awards in the coming weeks, all leading up to the Oscars in February.

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