Last night, the Critics’ Choice Awards were held in Santa Monica, CA and while they may appear fancier than, let’s say, The Cable Ace Awards (RIP), they’re still prone to the same crazy shit you’ll get at the MTV Awards. Like award-yanking!
After Silicon Valley won for Best Comedy Series, LaKeith Stanfield – aka Darius from FXs Atlanta – hopped on stage and let everyone know he wasn’t exactly thrilled that his show didn’t win the award. LaKeith, who looked like one-half of a last-minute Captain & Tennille cosplay, got to the stage first after Leslie Mann and Christian Slater announced Silicon Valley as the winner. LaKeith pulled a Kanye by grabbing the mic and giving a sarcasm-filled acceptance speech on behalf of Silicon Valley, a show he is not on.
“I want to thank everybody for honoring us in this way. We worked very hard on Silicon Valley, and here we are. Thank you.”
Every Kanye needs a horrified Beyonce sitting in the audience. And last night LaKeith’s Beyonce was Sam Richardson from Veep.
LaKeith kept his “acceptance” speech short, which gave Silicon Valley executive producer Tom Lassally some time to stammer out a thank-you. Tom began by saying: “I have no idea who that was.” Well, it’s a person who is going to receive a sternly-worded email from the executives at FX this morning, that’s who it is.
Atlanta didn’t go home with nothing last night; Atlanta creator Donald Glover won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Maybe he’ll let LaKeith hold his award and pretend it’s a Best Comedy Series award.
Here’s the whole thing as it unfolds.
Many compared LaKeith to Kanye, of course, so he tweeted that his award-yank doesn’t require a lot of concerned calls asking, “Hey LaKeith, are you doing ok?”
— Lakeith Stanfield (@stanfield_keith) December 12, 2016
LaKeith might not be crazy, but the situation sure was. If anyone was going to storm the stage and give a weird acceptance speech on behalf of Silicon Valley, survey says it would probably be T.J. Miller. But T.J. was hosting, so he got a built-in chance to give a little acceptance speech. It’s actually a little surprising that the Best Comedy Series stage crasher was LaKeith. My guess is that he only got to the mic before Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s resident melodramatic mess Jacqueline White-Voorhees because she was off in the washroom with Mimi Kanasis stealing hand soap.