The Critics’ Choice Association announced Wednesday that it has postponed the in-person awards ceremony amid growing concerns about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
The winners were revealed by hosts Tye Diggs and Nicole Bayer on Sunday, January 9th. The concert will continue to be broadcast live on CW and TBS at some point, but it won’t happen on that date as originally scheduled. .
“After careful consideration and frank conversations with our partners at CW and TBS, we have collectively come to the conclusion that it is a wise and responsible decision at this point to postpone the 27th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, originally scheduled for January 9, 2022,” the organization said in a statement. We are in regular contact with Los Angeles County public health officials, and are currently working hard to find a new date during the upcoming awards season to host our annual gala in person with everyone’s safety and health remaining our top priority. We will share additional details with our friends and colleagues throughout the entertainment industry as soon as we can.”
The decision is a turnaround from earlier this week, when the Critics’ Choice Association said it would begin as an in-person ceremony on January 9 at the Fairmont Century Plaza with strict COVID protocols in place as cases continue to rise in the nation.
“The Critics’ Choice Association is working with Los Angeles County public health officials and Covid Compliance One, and at this time, we currently continue to plan to host the 27th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in person, following the strictest and safest protocols, including Monday, mandatory evidence of vaccination, negative 48-hour PCR tests, appropriate social distancing and concealment requirements. “We will continue to carefully monitor the situation as events progress.”
Last year, the Critics’ Choice Awards unfolded as a hybrid show with a personal and virtual appearance. Host Taye Diggs and some presenters broadcast from the stage in Los Angeles, while the nominees appeared remotely from various locations around the world.
The Critics’ Choice Awards are a major precursor to the Academy Awards and one of the first major film awards shows of the new year. The Palm Springs Film Awards have also canceled their upcoming January 6 concert due to fears of a spike in coronavirus cases.
Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story lead this year’s Critics Choice Awards nominations field. “West Side Story” won Best Picture and Best Director, while Ariana Debus and Rita Moreno were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and newcomer Rachel Ziegler was nominated for Best Actress or Young Actress. West Side Story also earned nominations for its band and nods for screenplay, costume design, production design, editing and cinematography. “Belfast” also received eleven nominations, with nods in picture, original screenplay, director, cinematography and editing, and two openings for supporting actors Jimmy Dornan and Ciaran Hinds.
“Dune” and “The Power of the Dog” each received ten nominations. “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley” each collected eight nominations, while “King Richard” and “Don’t Look Up” earned six.
In the Critics Choice TV nominations, HBO’s “Succession” season three leads all contenders with eight nods. Other notable candidates include another HBO show, “Mare of Easttown” — which is still competing in the limited series field since a potential second season has yet to be announced. Drama “Mare” and Paramount Plus “Evil” written by Robert and Michelle King which has previously been shown on CBS and has received five nominations each. HBO leads the network’s pack with 20 nominations, ahead of rival Netflix (which scored 18).