Reunited and It Feels So Good
January 11, 2005
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
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.