How Sadie Sink Got Ready for Her First-Ever Critics Choice Awards

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See Sadie Sink Get Ready for Critics ChoiceGreg Williams

As the saying goes, there’s a first time for everything—including major awards shows. On Sunday night, actress and newly-minted Chanel ambassador Sadie Sink made a splash in a look from the French house’s fall 2022 haute couture collection while attending her first-ever Critics Choice Awards, where the 20-year-old was nominated for Best Young Actress for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama The Whale.

“I’ve never been [to the Critics Choice Awards], so it’ll be a new experience,” Sink exclusively tells ELLE.com. “I always look forward to seeing my cast and crew members. Awards shows can feel a little bizarre, so it’s nice to have familiar faces close by.”

A great outfit probably doesn’t hurt either. Sink chose a black silk radzimir dress with a gold, silver, red, and black embroidered bustier, paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel fine jewelry, and a Chanel bag. “I think it’s a nice balance between modern and timeless,” she says of the look. “I also love having a full skirt, which is something I don’t normally wear. I actually tried this dress on during the summer, and have been wanting to wear it ever since. I feel like myself in it, which is the most important quality in everything I wear.”

Sink’s relationship with Chanel goes back several years—she first wore the brand to the Stranger Things premiere back in 2017. “Chanel has been there for me since the beginning, which is a surreal thing to say,” Sink says. “That team has watched me grow up, so it’s a pretty special relationship to have with a fashion house. As I’ve matured, so has my sense of style. I feel Chanel has played a big role in that evolution in terms of influencing my personal taste.”

As far as the getting-ready process goes, Sink doesn’t have a specific formula—at least not yet. “I don’t come to L.A. a lot, so I like catching up with my hair and makeup team [makeup artist Nina Park, hairstylist Ryan Richman, and nail artist Ashlie Johnson] while I’m getting ready. I rarely play music because I can’t handle the pressure of being a DJ.”

Click through below to see Sink get ready for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards, sans playlist.

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