The critics could barely choose at Sunday night’s Critics Choice Awards, where there were not one, but two ties in key categories—spiking the ceremony with some major surprises. First, Amy Adams ( Sharp Objects ) and Patricia Arquette ( Escape at Dannemora ) tied in the best actress in a limited series or TV movie category. Then, Lady Gaga ( A Star Is Born ) and Glenn Close ( The Wife ) tied in the best actress in a drama category.

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Williem Dafoe presented the latter category, first announcing Close, who came to the stage, then Gaga, whose table erupted with cheers when her name was called. “Glenn, get over here!” Gaga shouted as she began her teary remarks. But Close stayed to the side of the stage, graciously letting Gaga deliver her speech in full.

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“I am so honored by this,” Gaga said. “I went to places in my mind and in my heart that I did not know existed or that I could.” She then thanked her team and “magical” co-star/director Bradley Cooper : “You seamlessly were both the love of my life and the man behind the camera.”

Backstage, Close and Gaga glamorously yukked it up for the cameras, posing together and holding a shared trophy. “She’s legendary,” Gaga told reporters of Close. “I couldn’t be more proud to be standing next to her this evening. Quite frankly I’m a bit speechless.” She also shared that Close and her mother have met and become friends over the course of the awards season. (Yo evoke the centuries-old adage: pics or it didn’t happen, Gaga!)

Similarly to Close, Amy Adams was announced as the first winner in the best actress in a limited series category. Once she got to the stage, she approached the mic and asked for the other winner to be brought up as well, taking the envelope and announcing Patricia Arquette’s name herself. (Was this an awards season first of some sort?) Once Arquette approached the stage, the two embraced, standing arm in arm and delivering their speeches in tandem.

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“I actually can’t think of a more beautiful thing than a tie, because there really isn’t a winner when we get to do such great work and we have such wonderful opportunities,” Adams said. Arquette concurred, thanking Dannemora director Ben Stiller for letting her play a character that allowed her to shed concerns of being “likable”: “Thank you for taking that off my neck. It was really heavy for me to carry that long.”

As far as awards shows go, the Critics Choice ceremony is often useful for sussing out frontrunners at this point in the achingly long road to the Oscars. Unless, of course, there are a bunch of ties. Gaga and Close have been, well, close competitors in the best actress race—but they’ve also been galloped in the long run by Olivia Colman , whose turn in The Favourite has pushed her to the front of the category. but as the Critics Choice Awards have shown, not everything is set in stone just yet.

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