Amy Schumer was honored at the 21st Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday with the ceremony’s MVP Award, and she used the opportunity to poke a little fun at herself. Also the winner of Best Actress in a Comedy for her hit Trainwreck, the hilarious star was singled out for her breakout year, complete with a box office hit and celebrated comedy series Inside Amy Schumer.
While much of her acceptance speech included the standard awards show fodder of thanking those around her (including “unsung hero, the actor LeBron James”), Schumer got a serious rise out of the star-studded crowd when she nodded to her 2015 photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz — one that was repeatedly called “brave” by fans and critics alike.
“That’s what you want everyone to say when a naked photo of you goes viral,” she joked of the picture, which was part of the 2016 Pirelli Calendar. “You want them to say ‘What a brave photo,’ Wow, thank you.”
Schumer was introduced by Trainwreck director Judd Apatow, who mocked Matt Damon about The Martian winning in the comedy category at last week’s Golden Globes. He then celebrated his Trainwreck collaborator.
“They made up an award to get her here,” he joked Schumer winning what is actually the second-ever Critics’ Choice MVP Award. “Who’s had a bigger year than Amy Schumer… ever? Has it ever happened? […] She had an HBO special, an arena tour, she hosted Saturday Night Live, she hosted the MTV Movie Awards, she opened for Madonna, she fell on the carpet in front of Kimye…”
Schumer, who began her speech by joking that she was “plus-plus-size actress Amy Schumer,” ended the remarks with a pointed call out about gun violence. The actress paid tribute to victims Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, the two women who died in the 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana theater shooting during a screening of Trainwreck. Schumer has teamed up with her cousin, New York senator Chuck Schumer, to push for gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings.
The 34-year-old star follows inaugural MVP Award winner Jessica Chastain, who picked up the honor at the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards for her work in A Most Violent Year, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Interstellar, and Miss Julie.