Plans for 2021

January 25, 2021 in President's Message

What a crazy, horrible year was 2020.  But now that it’s in our rearview mirror, I’d like to look forward and report to you on the Critics Choice Association’s plans for 2021.

We began the year by premiering the Critics Choice Super Awards on January 10th on The CW.  Our effort to honor and support genre filmmaking was well received critically, but the ratings were weak.  Whether the Super Awards return as a television special again remains to be seen.  If you have any ideas about this – or about anything in this email – please do reach out to me directly at [email protected].

Next up is our third annual Celebration of Black Cinema, a virtual event this year of course, and one to which all CCA members are invited on February 2.  The brainchild of Board of Directors member Shawn Edwards, the CBC was conceived and executed in previous years as an FYC event, but lineup for it this year is so spectacular that another Board member, Sam Rubin, brought it to his station, KTLA in Los Angeles.  Now KTLA will air a 90-minute version of the CBC on February 6 and it is being offered for free to other Nexstar stations in a one-hour version to air during the first couple of weeks in February.  Honorees include Zendaya, John David Washington, Delroy Lindo, John Legend, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andra Day, Shaka King, Tommie Smith, Tessa Thompson, the cast of “One Night in Miami,” and the late Chadwick Boseman.  Presenters include Lee Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, LaKeith Stanfield, Taraji P. Henson, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonathan Majors, Kemp Powers and others.  Bevy Smith is the host.

As for our biggest show, the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards will honor the finest movies and series on March 7.  The show will be broadcast live on The CW at 7 p.m. ET and host Taye Diggs and some of our presenters will actually be on a stage in North Hollywood, but there won’t be any in-person audience because of COVID restrictions.  The nominees will appear virtually from their homes or wherever they are on March 7.  Bob Bain Productions and a big team of tech geniuses are working really hard to pull off this virtual-live hybrid show.  More on that as we get closer to the show. 

In the meantime, our TV award nominees were announced last week, film category voting will take place February 1-5 and those nominees will be announced on February 8.  Winners will be voted on March 1-2 on the TV side and March 4-5 on the film side – and all the winners will be revealed live on the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards on March 7.  Of course, we will be relying on every member to do what they can to promote the show on their outlets as well as social media.

If we survive all of the above, it’s on to the 4th annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards in June and the 6th annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards in November.  Whether we will be able to gather for either CCRA or CCDA remains to be seen.  In 2020 we simply voted and announced the awards and the nominees and recipients were very happy we did.  Giving the winners the opportunity to record video acceptance speeches which were included in special CCRA and CCDA announcements made them even happier.

And I’m very happy about your continued support and participation in the CCA.

Joey Berlin
Critics Choice Association
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Los Angeles, California 90069
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