The Inner Circle: Video---Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting the New York Drama Critics' Circle's invite-only awards ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel on May 10, and we brought you a slide show of photographs from the occasion. Every day this week, Upstaged will go a step further, bringing you exclusive video footage of the event (just as we did last year). Bear in mind that these are essentially home videos, and the microphone sound in the Algonquin reception room is rather less than crystalline; but these videos should give you some idea of what it was like to be there for this very intimate and special evening. Up first: a Special Citation to actor Viola Davis for sustained achievement. Her director in the film Antwone Fisher and current costar in Broadway's Fences, Denzel Washington, graciously agreed to stop by to give her the prize. Take a look.