Critics Choice Awards 2023: Christina Applegate attends first award show since MS diagnosis

Christina Applegate makes her first award show appearance following MS diagnosis as she’s joined by daughter Sadie at Critics’ Choice Awards 2023

Christina Applegate made her first awards show appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis.

The actress, 51, was pictured backstage at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, after skipping the red carpet. 

The star supported herself with a silver cane – after recently admitting that MS has brought on a decline in her mobility – and was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble.

First awards show: Christina Applegate made her first awards show appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis at the at the 2023 Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles

First awards show: Christina Applegate made her first awards show appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis at the at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles

Christina was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the Netflix series Dead to Me – where she plays Jen Harding – but lost out to Jean Smart from HBO’s Hacks. 

The Married… with Children star opted for a smart look for the event, donning a black suit with chunky black boots. 

She accessorized her look with a chunky silver necklace with a moon motif, as well as a pearl bracelet, and wore her black face mask lowered to her neck for photos. 

Standing strong: The star supported herself with a silver cane, after admitting that MS has brought on a decline in her mobility

Standing strong: The star supported herself with a silver cane, after admitting that MS has brought on a decline in her mobility 

Family affair: Applegate was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble, who kept a low profile in a face mask and a hat

Family affair: Applegate was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble, who kept a low profile in a face mask and a hat

The entertainer wore her blonde tresses parted in the middle and lightly cascading down her shoulders.

As for glam, she sported red lipstick and a touch of blush on her cheeks.

Meanwhile her daughter Sadie kept a low profile, sporting a black face mask and a black hat over her blonde locks.

Business chic: The Married... with Children star opted for a smart look for the event, donning a black suit with chunky black boots

Business chic: The Married… with Children star opted for a smart look for the event, donning a black suit with chunky black boots

Mingling: Inside the glamorous soirée, Christina was seen mingling with gal pal Julia Roberts, 55

Mingling: Inside the glamorous soirée, Christina was seen mingling with gal pal Julia Roberts, 55

Hugs: The ladies shared a warm hug as they posed for the cameras. Julia dazzled in a black gown with gold sequin details

Hugs: The ladies shared a warm hug as they posed for the cameras. Julia dazzled in a black gown with gold sequin details 

Like her mom, she opted for a business chic look, wearing a pinstriped suit.

Applegate shares Sadie with husband Martyn LeNoble, 53.

Inside the glamorous soirée, Christina was seen mingling with gal pal Julia Roberts, 55. 

The ladies shared a warm hug as they posed for the cameras. Julia dazzled in a black gown with gold sequin details.

Manicure: The star showed off her blue manicure inside of the event

Manicure: The star showed off her blue manicure inside of the event

Inside: Christina was pictured enjoying the ceremony while at her table

Inside: Christina was pictured enjoying the ceremony while at her table

Kisses: At one point she blew kisses for the camera

Kisses: At one point she blew kisses for the camera

Applegate previously took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal her nerves ahead of the glittering event.

She wrote: ‘So this Sunday will be the first awards show I have been to since 2019. And the first since MS. NERVOUS! But grateful to the @CriticsChoice for including me.’

She stars in Dead To Me as Harding, a realtor who bonds with a woman named Judy that she meets at a grief counseling meeting (Linda Cardellini) after her husband is killed in a hit-and-run incident.

Nominated: Christina was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the Netflix series Dead to Me, but lost out to Jean Smart from HBO's Hacks

Nominated: Christina was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the Netflix series Dead to Me, but lost out to Jean Smart from HBO’s Hacks

James Marsden also stars in the dark comedy in two roles, playing Judy’s abusive ex-fiancé in the first season and his brother, who strikes up a relationship with Jen, in the last two seasons. He is nominated in the Best Actor in a Comedy Series category,

But Jen’s attempts to move on from her husband’s death are threatened as she learns secrets about Cardellini’s identity and connection to his death.

Back in 2021, Applegate revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ‘a few months ago.’

Nervous: The star took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal her nerves ahead of the glittering event; Pictured November, 2022

Nervous: The star took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal her nerves ahead of the glittering event; Pictured November, 2022

‘It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a****** blocks it,’ she wrote at the time.  

‘As one of my friends that has MS said, “we wake up and take the indicated action,”‘ she continued. ‘And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.’

According to the National MS Society, the condition is an ‘unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.’

Balance, sensation, the functioning of the arms and legs and even vision can be negatively affected by MS.

However, treatments exist to slow the progression of the condition.

Affected individuals may live five to ten years less than unaffected people, but life expectancies are not drastically different.

Speaking out: Back in August 2021, Applegate revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 'a few months ago'

Speaking out: Back in August 2021, Applegate revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ‘a few months ago’

The condition is believed to be two to three times as likely to affect women as men.

Although she didn’t share the identity of her friend with MS in her original post, she and the activist and MS advocate Selma Blair are known to be friends, and Blair spoke about their relationship post-diagnosis in November of last year.

‘I’ve known Christina for so many years, we’re really close, and I’m just a fan of hers,’ she told Entertainment Tonight following the Dancing With The Stars finale.

‘She is an iconic California girl actress of my generation, and she is it,’ the Hellboy actress continued. ‘There has not been one thing that she’s done that I haven’t been like, “Nailed it,” and she’s nailing just being who she is with this MS.’

She added that Christina had supported her following her diagnosis in October of 2018. 

Old friends: Although she didn't share the identity of her friend in her original post, she and the activist and MS advocate Selma Blair are known to be friends, and Blair spoke about their relationship post-diagnosis in November of last year; Selma and Christina seen in NYC in 2002

Old friends: Although she didn’t share the identity of her friend in her original post, she and the activist and MS advocate Selma Blair are known to be friends, and Blair spoke about their relationship post-diagnosis in November of last year; Selma and Christina seen in NYC in 2002

Last month, during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Christina described shooting the third and final season of Dead To Me after her diagnosis as the ‘hardest thing’ she had ever done.

‘Shooting the show was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life because I was diagnosed during shooting. I didn’t know what was happening to me,’ she explained.

She had enough trouble walking to set that she had to use a wheelchair, and after she was urged to get checked out and got her diagnosis she started to think back on little signs and symptoms that may have popped up over the previous four years.

‘It sucked balls,’ she said of her diagnosis. 

Christina has a history about being open about her health struggles so that others can benefit from the exposure. 

Health struggles: In 2008, Christina underwent a double mastectomy to reduce the likelihood of cancer spreading, and in 2018 she revealed her ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed, also to prevent the spread of cancer; seen in 2019 in LA

Health struggles: In 2008, Christina underwent a double mastectomy to reduce the likelihood of cancer spreading, and in 2018 she revealed her ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed, also to prevent the spread of cancer; seen in 2019 in LA

Christina Applegate’s ‘tough road ahead’: What is multiple sclerosis (MS) and what are the symptoms?

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. 

The immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.

A study of the incidence of MS, developed in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE), estimates that 18% of total MS diagnoses in the UK are in people age 30 or under. This is compared to the previous estimate of only 12%.

There are 130,000 people living with MS in the UK and, in the last year alone, the charity estimates more than 1,250 people under 30 have been diagnosed. It is the most common progressive neurological condition in young people today.

When diagnosed with MS, no one can predict how the condition will affect you, how disabled you will become, or how quickly, and tens of thousands of people still have no treatment to help as their MS advances.

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Back in 2008, she shared that she had undergone double mastectomy surgery for breast cancer.

She opted for the surgery rather than less invasive options in hopes of preventing the cancer from spreading in the future.

‘It came on really fast. It was one of those things that I woke up and it felt so right,’ Applegate told CNN

‘It just seemed like, “I don’t want to have to deal with this again. I don’t want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this,” and I was just going to let them go.’ 

A decade later, she revealed that her ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed, also to reduce her risk of cancer. 

Critics’ Choice Awards 2023: WINNERS

 FILM

BEST PICTURE

Avatar: The Way of Water

Babylon

The Banshees of Inisherin

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

RRR

Tár

Top Gun: Maverick

Women Talking

 

BEST ACTOR

Austin Butler – Elvis

Tom Cruise – Top Gun: Maverick

Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brendan Fraser – The Whale – WINNER

Paul Mescal – Aftersun

Bill Nighy – Living

 

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Tár – WINNER

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Danielle Deadwyler – Till

Margot Robbie – Babylon

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Paul Dano – The Fabelmans

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans

Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Jessie Buckley – Women Talking

Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Janelle Monáe – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Frankie Corio – Aftersun

Jalyn Hall – Till

Gabriel LaBelle – The Fabelmans – WINNER

Bella Ramsey – Catherine Called Birdy

Banks Repeta – Armageddon Time

Sadie Sink – The Whale

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – WINNER

The Woman King

Women Talking

 

BEST DIRECTOR

James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water

Damien Chazelle – Babylon

Todd Field – Tár

Baz Luhrmann – Elvis

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Gina Prince-Bythewood – The Woman King

S. S. Rajamouli – RRR

Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Todd Field – Tár

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner – The Fabelmans

Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Samuel D. Hunter – The Whale

Kazuo Ishiguro – Living

Rian Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Rebecca Lenkiewicz – She Said

Sarah Polley – Women Talking – WINNER

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Russell Carpenter – Avatar: The Way of Water

Roger Deakins – Empire of Light

Florian Hoffmeister – Tár

Janusz Kaminski – The Fabelmans

Claudio Miranda – Top Gun: Maverick – WINNER

Linus Sandgren – Babylon

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannah Beachler, Lisa K. Sessions – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rick Carter, Karen O’Hara – The Fabelmans

Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, Vanessa Cole – Avatar: The Way of Water

Jason Kisvarday, Kelsi Ephraim – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn – Elvis

Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino – Babylon – WINNER

 

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross – Babylon

Eddie Hamilton – Top Gun: Maverick

Stephen Rivkin, David Brenner, John Refoua, James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water

Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond – Elvis

Monika Willi – Tár

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ruth E. Carter – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Jenny Eagan – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Shirley Kurata – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Catherine Martin – Elvis

Gersha Phillips – The Woman King

Mary Zophres – Babylon

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Babylon

The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Elvis – WINNER

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Whale

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avatar: The Way of Water – WINNER

The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Everything Everywhere All at Once

RRR

Top Gun: Maverick

 

BEST COMEDY

The Banshees of Inisherin

Bros

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Triangle of Sadness

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – WINNER

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

Wendell & Wild

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

All Quiet on the Western Front

Argentina, 1985

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Close

Decision to Leave

RRR – WINNER

 

BEST SONG

Carolina – Where the Crawdads Sing

Ciao Papa – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Hold My Hand – Top Gun: Maverick

Lift Me Up – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Naatu Naatu – RRR – WINNER

New Body Rhumba – White Noise

 

BEST SCORE

Alexandre Desplat – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Michael Giacchino – The Batman

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Tár – WINNER

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking

Justin Hurwitz – Babylon

John Williams – The Fabelmans

 TELEVISION

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Andor (Disney+)

Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

The Crown (Netflix)

Euphoria (HBO)

The Good Fight (Paramount+)

House of the Dragon (HBO)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man (FX)

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)

Diego Luna – Andor (Disney+)

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

Adam Scott – Severance (Apple TV+)

Antony Starr – The Boys (Prime Video)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

Laura Linney – Ozark (Netflix)

Mandy Moore – This Is Us (NBC)

Kelly Reilly – Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Andre Braugher – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Ismael Cruz Córdova – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)

Michael Emerson – Evil (Paramount+)

Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

John Lithgow – The Old Man (FX)

Matt Smith – House of the Dragon (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Milly Alcock – House of the Dragon (HBO)

Carol Burnett – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO) – WINNER

Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix)

Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul (AMC) 

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Abbott Elementary (ABC) – WINNER

Barry (HBO)

The Bear (FX)

Better Things (FX)

Ghosts (CBS)

Hacks (HBO Max)

Reboot (Hulu)

Reservation Dogs (FX)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)

Keegan-Michael Key – Reboot (Hulu)

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear (FX) – WINNER

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai – Reservation Dogs (FX)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me (Netflix)

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

Renée Elise Goldsberry – Girls5eva (Peacock)

Devery Jacobs – Reservation Dogs (FX)

Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Brandon Scott Jones – Ghosts (CBS)

Leslie Jordan – Call Me Kat (Fox)

James Marsden – Dead to Me (Netflix)

Chris Perfetti – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Paulina Alexis – Reservation Dogs (FX)

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear (FX)

Marcia Gay Harden – Uncoupled (Netflix)

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Annie Potts – Young Sheldon (CBS)

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC) – WINNER

 

BEST LIMITED SERIES

The Dropout (Hulu) – WINNER

Gaslit (Starz)

The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)

The Offer (Paramount+)

Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Station Eleven (HBO Max)

This Is Going to Hurt (AMC+)

Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Fresh (Hulu)

Prey (Hulu)

Ray Donovan: The Movie (Showtime)

The Survivor (HBO)

Three Months (Paramount+)

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) – WINNER

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Ben Foster – The Survivor (HBO)

Andrew Garfield – Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

Samuel L. Jackson – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV+)

Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) – WINNER

Sebastian Stan – Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Ben Whishaw – This is Going to Hurt (AMC+)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Julia Garner – Inventing Anna (Netflix)

Lily James – Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Amber Midthunder – Prey (Hulu)

Julia Roberts – Gaslit (Starz)

Michelle Pfeiffer – The First Lady (Showtime)

Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout (Hulu) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Murray Bartlett – Welcome to Chippendales (Hulu)

Domhnall Gleeson – The Patient (FX)

Matthew Goode – The Offer (Paramount+)

Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird (Apple TV+) – WINNER

Ray Liotta – Black Bird (Apple TV+)

Shea Whigham – Gaslit (Starz)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Claire Danes – Fleishman Is in Trouble (FX)

Dominique Fishback – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV+)

Betty Gilpin – Gaslit (Starz)

Melanie Lynskey – Candy (Hulu)

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix) – WINNER

Juno Temple – The Offer (Paramount+) 

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES

1899 (Netflix)

Borgen (Netflix)

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Netflix)

Garcia! (HBO Max)

The Kingdom Exodus (MUBI)

Kleo (Netflix)

My Brilliant Friend (HBO)

Pachinko (Apple TV+) – WINNER

Tehran (Apple TV+)

 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

Bluey (Disney+)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (Adult Swim)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max) – WINNER

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)

Undone (Prime Video)

 

BEST TALK SHOW

The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – WINNER

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

 

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL

Fortune Feimster: Good Fortune (Netflix)

Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (HBO)

Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (Netflix)

Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth (HBO)

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Netflix) – WINNER

Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant & John Early (Peacock)

 

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