The crowd was a bit thin at Sunday night's Critics' Choice Awards in LA after several stars came down with COVID following the Golden Globes last week.
Though awards season is now in full swing, Critics' Choice was the first major awards event to require COVID testing for all attendees.
A rep for winner Jean Smart confirmed she was unable to attend due to a positive test result. Smart won her second consecutive Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for her role in HBO Max's Hacks.Hacks' co-creator Jen Statsky shared in an Instagram story she too was "riddled with the novel coronavirus."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson—who were both nominated for The Banshees of Inisherin—also contracted the virus.
Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television nominee Michelle Pfeiffer confirmed on Instagram she would be missing the Critics' Choice Awards thanks to "yep, COVID."
Pfeiffer was especially disappointed to miss Jeff Bridges receive his Lifetime Achievement Award.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Jamie Lee Curtis had some choice words for the virus.
The Everything Everywhere All at Once star posted a photo of her positive COVID tests to Instagram with the caption:
"Sadly, this head cheerleader is not going to be at all the weekend festivities cheering on her friends and colleagues."
Curtis was referring to the now-viral capture of her excitedly cheering on costar Michelle Yeoh on her Golden Globes win.
She also shared that she was grateful that she did take the test as it resulted in her not further spreading her germs, and she is looking forward to future award season events.
"Stay safe out there people."
Some on Twitter wondered how the outbreak will affect the rest of the season.
They're going to have start staggering out the award shows by atleast 2 weeks.
— OcGuy 🇺🇦 (@tybrehm) January 17, 2023
But most just wanted to check on their favorite celebs.
Is miss Michelle Yeoh okay? Someone tell me !
— Jenny Tall (@missjennytall) January 15, 2023
BARRY KEOGHAN HIDE QUICK!!!!
— essie • ken roy apologist (@murdocroy) January 15, 2023
Many also sent their well wishes.
Oh, i hope they’ll get well soon, not award event is worth the risk!
— Miauczyslava (she/her) 🌈 🦋🌘 (@Miauczyslava) January 15, 2023
I hope they get well soon 🙏
— andrey 🇧🇷💫 (@AndreyArP838) January 15, 2023
Aww man. I hope they are going to be okay.
— Pamela Thistlewaite (parody-adjacent) (@ChironRtrnBomb) January 15, 2023
Fortunately, there are some cheerleaders on the other side of the two solid lines.
Michelle Yeoh reciprocated Curtis' encouragement in an Instagram post.
Holding a shirt with the iconic Golden Globes moment, Yeoh wrote:
"Love you @jamieleecurtis!! Speedy recover, need my hand in yours."
"We all miss you."
We wish them all a speedy recovery, as well.