Kaley Cuoco, Ke Huy Quan, and more stars

LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, the stars reunited at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel dressed to the nines for the second big show of the award season: the Critics’ Choice Awards.

“Everything Everywhere at Once” emerged as best of the night, taking home five of its 14 nominated categories. Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Leigh Ralph won Best Supporting Actress and delivered another powerful speech — as did Angela Bassett and Nikki Nash, when they won supporting actress awards for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, respectively.

A lot happened during the telecast, but more happened in the ballroom that wasn’t shown on the TV. From stars beaming each other with selfies to emotional moments behind the scenes, this is what happened.

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Kaley Cuoco (right) and Tom Pelphrey arrive at the 28th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday in LA.

In typical Critics Choice fashion, the second telecast caught a commercial break, and the stars jumped to their feet, practically skipping across the ballroom to chat with other celebrities.

During one break, Angela Bassett chatted with Janelle Monáe. Keegan-Michael Key and his wife, Elle Key, made their way to the “Abbott Elementary” table to have a chat with Quinta Brunson and Lisa Ann Walter. And Stephanie Hsu from “Everything Everywhere Every Time” shared a hearty laugh with Jenny Slate from “Marcel the Shell Wears Shoes.”

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