Critics Choice Awards delayed until March due to COVID concerns

A new date has finally been set for the annual awards ceremony.


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Image via Critics Choice Association

Following the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Critics Choice Association has announced that the 27th Critics Choice Awards show is officially postponed to March 13th. The show was originally scheduled to air on January 9, but the association announced the delay back in December as the number of cases of the virus began to rise.

Oddly enough, the new date now puts the annual show in direct competition with the BAFTA Awards, even though the critics’ association did not have much choice. The prizes were supposed to be far enough out of consideration for safety, but it landed them right in a crowded program that includes the Super Bowl LVI, the NBA All-Star Game and the SAG Awards, all of which take place in consecutive weeks. Instead of competing with any of the massive sporting events or SAGs, the organization reached an agreement with the BAFTAs to share an evening of distress.

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Joey Berlin, CEO of the Critics Choice Association, had this to say about the delay:

When we follow the science and trace the course of the omicron variant, we believe that March 13 will be the right day to properly honor the finest results in film and television in the past year. We could have moved on with our original date of limited attendance or switched to a virtual awards show, as we did last year, but we decided to wait until we could safely gather in person and truly celebrate with the creative community, industry leaders and our CCA- members all in a beautiful setting for the whole world to see.


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So far, two films stand far above the rest when it comes to CCA recognition: Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story and Kenneth Branagh‘s Belfast. With eleven nominations each, including for Best Picture, these two are the clear favorites to win big at this year’s show. Only The power of the dog and Dune is even in the same solar system, where each has received ten nominations.

This year’s Critics Choice Awards will once again be hosted by Taye Diggs with comedian Nicole Byer with as co-host. Provided there are no other unexpected developments, the event will be held in person at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, and will be broadcast live on the CW and on TBS at 7 p.m. 16:00 PT / 19: 00 ET.



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