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The CW Network and TBS Team up for the 27th annual CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

October 26th, 2021

THE CW NETWORK AND TBS TEAM UP TO SIMULCAST 
THE CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 9

October 26, 2021 (Burbank, CA) – For the first time in its history, The Critics Choice Awards (CCA) will be made available to an expanded audience across broadcast and cable, as TBS joins forces with The CW Network to simulcast the upcoming 27th annual CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS scheduled to air LIVE on Sunday, January 9, 2022 (7:00-10:00pm ET) (delayed PT – Check local listings). The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. The awards ceremony will be held at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, Calif.

CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.  Historically, they are the most-accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations.

27TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS TIMELINE:

  • Monday, November 15, 2021 – Submissions close for CCA TV categories (submissions are not required for film categories)
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – NomComs begin deliberations 
  • Friday, December 3, 2021 – NomComs render official recommendations 
  • Monday, December 6, 2021 – Critics Choice Awards TV nominations announced
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Nominating ballots go out to Film Branch members
  • Friday, December 10, 2021 – Midnight (PT) deadline for final Film ballots 
  • Monday, December 13, 2021 – 9 a.m. PT Film nominations announced 
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – Final CCA ballots emailed to all members 
  • Friday, January 7, 2022 – 9 p.m. (PT) Deadline for returning final ballots 
  • Sunday, January 9, 2022 – 27th annual Critics Choice Awards presented live on The CW and TBS and in-person at the Fairmont Century Plaza.
  • Sunday, January 9, 2022 – 27th annual Critics Choice Awards presented live on The CW and TBS 

The 27th annual Critics Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig. Follow the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.  

About The CW:
THE CW NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, now broadcasts across the week, offering fourteen-hours of primetime programming, Monday through Sunday, beginning in Fall 2021. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported CWTV.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. Additionally, The CW broadcasts a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network CW Seed launched in 2013 and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

About TBS:
TBS, a WarnerMedia brand, is a top-rated destination for television among young adults and known for escapist, good-time entertainment, featuring smart, imaginative stories with heart and comedic edge. From scripted comedy series to late-night shows, game shows, and animated programming, TBS’ Originals slate is comprised of some of the most popular shows on cable — “Miracle Workers,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “The Last O.G.,” “American Dad!” and “Chad.” The network’s slate of premium unscripted series includes “The Misery Index,” “Go-Big Show,” “Wipeout,” “Friday Night Vibes” and “The Cube” along with upcoming series, “The Big D”. TBS’ lineup also includes comedy hits like “Young Sheldon” and “The Big Bang Theory,” classic sitcom favorites such as “Friends,” blockbuster movies, and live event coverage of Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and “ELEAGUE,” WarnerMedia’s eSports gaming competition. Website: www.tbs.com

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA):
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

Media Contacts:

The CW Network:
Nate Kirtman, 818/977-5993
[email protected]

Jodi Karp. 818/977-2609
[email protected]

TNT/TBS:
Shannon Kerr
[email protected] 

The Critics Choice Association:
Andy Gelb/Julia Rossen
SLATE PR
[email protected] / [email protected]


Nominations unveiled for the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards

October 18th, 2021

NOMINATIONS UNVEILED FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS PRESENTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS

ASCENSION AND SUMMER OF SOUL LEAD THE NOMINATIONS 

GALA TO HONOR AWARD WINNERS ON NOVEMBER 14, 2021 IN BROOKLYN, NY

Acclaimed Documentarian R.J. Cutler to Receive The Pennebaker Award 

 

Los Angeles, CA (Monday, October 18, 2021) — The Critics Choice Association(CCA) has announced the nominees for the Sixth AnnualCritics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). The winners will be revealed at a Gala Event on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY.

The Critics Choice Associationwill once again be honoring the year’s finest achievements in documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members. 

This year, the Critics Choice Documentary Awards proudly has its first Presenting Sponsor, National Geographic Documentary Films. 

Catalyst Sponsors for the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards are HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime Documentary Films.

Features by two first-time documentarians, Ascension and Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) lead this year’s nominations with six each. 

Ascension is nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Jessica Kingdon for Best Director, Best First Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Score.

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Best Director, Best First Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Archival Documentary and Best Music Documentary.

Recognized with five nominations each are Becoming Cousteau and The Rescue. 

The nominations for Becoming Cousteau are Best Documentary Feature, Liz Garbus for Best Director, Best Narration, Best Archival Documentary and Best Science/Nature Documentary. 

The Rescue is nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Score.

“This has been and continues to be a fantastic year for documentary storytelling. And the number of first-time feature documentarians in the mix of nominees, alongside proven veterans, shows that nonfiction cinema continues to have a very bright future,” said Christopher Campbell, President of the Critics Choice Association Documentary Branch. “Our world, from its most amazing wonders to its greatest challenges, is being reflected back on the screen so immediately and creatively by today’s filmmakers, and it’s a tremendous honor for us to recognize all of their achievements.” 

Last year at the Fifth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Dick Johnson is Dead took home the CCA’s top award for Best Documentary as well as the Best Director award for Kirsten Johnson.

My Octopus Teacher took home the awards for Best Science and Nature Documentary and Best Cinematography. The film later received many more accolades and awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

In addition to the 14 award categories and one honor listed below, a most prestigious honor – The Pennebaker Award (formerly known as the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award) – will be presented to esteemed documentarian R.J. Cutler. This award is named for Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner D A Pennebaker, who passed away in 2019. The award will be presented to Cutler by Pennebaker’s producing partner and wife, Chris Hegedus.

R.J. Cutler is the award-winning producer/director whose work includes some of the most acclaimed documentaries of the last thirty years. His most recent film, the Apple Original Film cinema verité documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, is nominated for Best Music Documentary.

The nominees for the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards Presented by National Geographic Documentary Films are:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ascension (MTV Documentary Films)
Attica (Showtime)
Becoming Cousteau (Picturehouse/National Geographic Documentary Films)
The Crime of the Century (HBO Documentary Films)
A Crime on the Bayou (Augusta Films/Shout! Studios)
Flee (Neon)
Introducing, Selma Blair (Discovery+)
The Lost Leonardo (Sony Pictures Classics)
My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Studios)
Procession (Netflix)
The Rescue (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)

BEST DIRECTOR 

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin – The Rescue (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Liz Garbus – Becoming Cousteau (Picturehouse/National Geographic Documentary Films)
Jessica Kingdon – Ascension (MTV Documentary Films)
Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry – Attica (Showtime)
Jonas Poher Rasmussen – Flee (Neon)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)(Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)
Edgar Wright – The Sparks Brothers (Focus Features)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Jessica Beshir – Faya Dayi (Janus Films)
Rachel Fleit – Introducing, Selma Blair (Discovery+)
Todd Haynes – The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+)
Jessica Kingdon – Ascension (MTV Documentary Films)
Kristine Stolakis – Pray Away (Netflix)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)
Edgar Wright – The Sparks Brothers (Focus Features)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Jessica Beshir – Faya Dayi (Janus Films)
Jonathan Griffith, Brett Lowell and Austin Siadak – The Alpinist (Roadside Attractions)
David Katznelson, Ian Seabrook and Picha Srisansanee – The Rescue (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Jessica Kingdon and Nathan Truesdell – Ascension (MTV Documentary
Films)
Nelson Hume and Alan Jacobsen – The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (Bleecker Street Media)
Emiliano Villanueva – A Cop Movie (Netflix)
Pete West – Puff: Wonders of the Reef (Netflix)

BEST EDITING 

Francisco Bello, Matthew Heineman, Gabriel Rhodes and David Zieff – The First Wave (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Jeff Consiglio – LFG (HBO Max and CNN Films)
Bob Eisenhardt – The Rescue (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz – The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+)
Jessica Kingdon – Ascension (MTV Documentary Films)
Joshua L. Pearson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)
Julian Quantrill – The Real Charlie Chaplin (Showtime)

BEST NARRATION

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (Apple TV+)
   Jeff Daniels, Narrator
Vincent Cassel, Narrator
   Mark Monroe and Pax Wassermann, Writers

The Crime of the Century (HBO Documentary Films)
Alex Gibney, Narrator
Alex Gibney, Writer

The Neutral Ground (PBS)
   CJ Hunt, Narrator
CJ Hunt, Writer
Jane Geisler, Writer
James Hamilton, Writer

The Real Charlie Chaplin (Showtime)
Pearl Mackie, Narrator
   Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Writers

Val (Amazon Studios)
   Jack Kilmer, Narrator
   Val Kilmer, Writer

The Year Earth Changed (Apple TV+)
David Attenborough, Narrator

BEST SCORE
Jongnic Bontemps – My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Studios)
Dan Deacon – Ascension (MTV Documentary Films)
Alex Lasarenko and David Little – The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (Bleecker Street Media)
Cyrus Melchor – LFG (HBO/CNN)
Daniel Pemberton – The Rescue (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Rachel Portman – Julia (Sony Pictures Classics)
Dirac Sea – Final Account (Focus Features)

BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY 

Becoming Cousteau (Picturehouse/National Geographic Documentary Films)
The Real Charlie Chaplin (Showtime)
The Real Right Stuff (Disney+)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (HBO Documentary Films)
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)
Val (Amazon Studios)
The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+)

BEST HISTORICAL OR BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY

Attica (Showtime)
A Crime on the Bayou (Augusta Films/Shout! Studios)
Fauci (Magnolia Pictures/National Geographic Documentary Films)
Final Account (Focus Features)
Julia (Sony Pictures Classics)
My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Studios)
No Ordinary Man (Oscilloscope)
Val (Amazon Studios)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY 

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry (Apple TV+)
Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Showtime)
Listening to Kenny G (HBO Documentary Films)
The Sparks Brothers (Focus Features)
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Hulu)
Tina (HBO Documentary Films)
The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
The Crime of the Century (HBO Documentary Films)
Enemies of the State (IFC Films)
Four Hours at the Capitol (HBO Documentary Films)
Influence (StoryScope, EyeSteelFilm)
Mayor Pete (Amazon Studios)
Missing in Brooks County (Giant Pictures)
Nasrin (Hulu)
Not Going Quietly (Greenwich Entertainment)

BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY

Becoming Cousteau (Picturehouse/National Geographic Documentary Films)
Fauci (National Geographic Documentary Films)
The First Wave (National Geographic Documentary Films)
The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (Bleecker Street Media)
Playing with Sharks (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Puff: Wonders of the Reef (Netflix)
The Year Earth Changed (Apple TV+)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY 

The Alpinist (Roadside Attractions)
Changing the Game (Hulu)
The Day Sports Stood Still (HBO)
Kevin Garnett: Anything is Possible (Showtime)
LFG (HBO Max/CNN Films)
Tiger (HBO)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY 

Audible (Netflix)
Borat’s American Lockdown (Amazon Studios)
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis (Netflix)
Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol (The New York Times)
The Doll (Jumping Ibex)
The Last Cruise (HBO Documentary Films)
The Queen of Basketball (The New York Times)
Snowy(TIME Studios)

MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECTS OF A DOCUMENTARY (HONOR)

Ady Barkan – Not Going Quietly (Greenwich Entertainment)
Selma Blair – Introducing, Selma Blair (Discovery+)
Pete Buttigieg – Mayor Pete (Amazon Studios)
Anthony Fauci – Fauci (Magnolia Pictures/National Geographic Documentary Films)
Ben Fong-Torres – Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres (StudioLA.TV)
Val Kilmer – Val (Amazon Studios)
Ron and Russell Mael – The Sparks Brothers (Focus Features)
Rita Moreno – Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (Roadside Attractions)
Valerie Taylor – Playing With Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story (Disney+)

About the Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Documentary Awards are an off-shoot of The Critics Choice Awards, which are bestowed annually by CCA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Historically, the Critics Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The Critics Choice Awards ceremony will be held on January 9, 2022 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, CA and will be broadcast live on The CW.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA) 

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

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Friday afternoon news dump from the scandal-ridden Hollywood Foreign Press Association

October 16th, 2021

Perhaps you saw the Friday afternoon news dump from the scandal-ridden Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing that it plans to present Golden Globe awards on the very day that we will be presenting the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards at the historic Fairmont Century Plaza.  This comes despite the fact that we announced the date of our show back in May – and the fact that we had been presenting our awards on the second Sunday in January for several years running (not counting last year, when COVID pushed everyone back a couple of months).

The purpose of this memo is to reassure every CCA member that our 27th annual Critics Choice Awards show is going to be our biggest and best yet and can only be helped by this hostile announcement from the new leadership of this other group.  If it is appropriate, I encourage you to share the gist of this message with your viewers, listeners, readers and followers, the louder the better.  Our friends in the industry understand all of the above, but it would be wonderful if the greater public did, too.

I believe this desperate move by the HFPA to try and undercut the Critics Choice Awards and the tremendous support we are receiving from all the major studios, networks and streamers is…really good for us!  For years we’ve been trying to draw the comparison between the tainted HFPA and the legitimate Critics Choice Association – which has five times as many members and no stink.  Our awards are the considered judgment of almost 500 active critics and entertainment reporters who cover film and television and collectively reach virtually every entertainment consumer in the US and Canada every day.  While the CCA proudly lists and displays pictures of all its members on our website, the HFPA has long hidden its tiny membership.  Only now is it attempting to come clean after having been very publicly disgraced for its prejudice, its crassness, and it’s highly questionable business practices.  So, yes, let’s make those comparisons!
In fact, in their desperate search for new legitimate members, some of you have been approached about joining them.  From their perspective, that makes sense.  After all, CCA members are already vetted and proved to be respected working critics and journalists.

From our perspective, we do feel bad for those HFPA members who are legitimate members of the foreign press and are suffering from the fact that so many companies have chosen to stop working with them.  We are even more sympathetic with the many members of the foreign press who have been unwelcome in the HFPA for decades, despite the fact that their collective reach is probably greater than the 80-some odd members of the HFPA who blackballed them when they sought membership.  This is why the CCA created its new International Branch, to accredit important and influential members of the foreign entertainment press who had been unable to join HFPA.

And please note that while that other group is entirely about their one big television show (and dispensing the riches it has generated), the CCA has long been a diverse and inclusive organization that is true to our mission all year long – to help audiences find the good stuff, and to help the people who make the good stuff find their audiences.  That’s why we are presenting the Critics Choice Documentary Awards on November 14, and why we are hosting the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television on December 6 and the Celebration of Latino Cinema on December 9, as well as our other Critics Choice events.

Onward and upward!

Joey
CEO CCA
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Joey Berlin
Critics Choice Association
9220 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 220
Los Angeles, California 90069
(310) 860-2665 (p)


Halle Berry, Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Hudson, Barry Jenkins and more to be honored at the fourth annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television

October 6th, 2021

HALLE BERRY, ANTHONY ANDERSON, JENNIFER HUDSON, BARRY JENKINS AND MORE TO BE HONORED AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK CINEMA & TELEVISION

Presented by the Critics Choice Association on
Monday, December 6 in Los Angeles  

 

(Los Angeles, CA, – October 5, 2021) – The Critics Choice Association announced today select honorees for the annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television, taking place on Monday, December 6 at the newly reimagined Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel. Since 2014, the Celebration of Black Cinema has honored standout achievements in Black filmmaking; this year, for the first time, the awards ceremony will also celebrate achievements in television. The event will feature 20 award categories. A full list of honorees and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the “Career Achievement” Award as a tribute to her extraordinary roles over the years, as well as her highly anticipated directorial debut with Netflix’s Bruised in which she also stars as the disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice. Bruised will release in select theaters on November 17 and globally on Netflix November 24, 2021.  Berry’s career has spanned three decades, including performances in Die Another Day, Jungle Fever, Losing Isaiah, Bulworth, Swordfish, John Wick, and as legendary actress Dorothy Dandridge. She is the first and only Black woman to win the Oscar for “Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in Monster’s Ball in 2002.

“Berry’s iconic performances throughout her career have showcased her brilliance as an actor and blazed the trail for Black performers who have come after her. She has become the personification of excellence as she transitions from being in front of the camera to sitting in the director’s chair,” said Shawn Edwards, CCA Board Member and Executive Producer of the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television.

Emmy nominated Anthony Andersonwill receive the Producer Award for Television for his celebrated work on the critically acclaimed ABC series black-ish, grown-ish and mixed-ish. Anderson, who serves as an executive producer on all three series, has become a major force in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera.

Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson will be honored with the Actress Award for Film for her outstanding performance in the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. Hudson’s unique combination of singing and acting talents perfectly captured the essence of the “Queen of Soul.”

Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkinswill receive the Director Award for Television for his critically acclaimed Amazon series The Underground Railroad, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead. The series was a transformative work of art that explored the perilous journey of an enslaved woman, Cora Randall, during her desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South as she hopes to realize a life she never thought possible.

“2021 was an incredible year of creativity and growth in film and television, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor the changemakers who are making a difference,” said Critics Choice Association CEO, Joey Berlin. “Jennifer both starred in and executive produced Respect, giving the performance of a lifetime. Barry transformed the small screen with his innovative and thought-provoking series, The Underground Railroad which he wrote, executive produced and directed, and Anthony has become one of the most prolific and admired producers on television with black-ish, grown-ish, and mixed-ish,” Berlin added.

All Celebration of Black Cinema & Television honorees will be introduced by a prestigious group of presenters who will celebrate their work and their ongoing commitment to telling Black stories. 

A portion of the proceeds will be designated to provide scholarships to students from underrepresented communities participating in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Rising Program. The Academy Gold Rising Program is an industry talent development, diversity and inclusion initiative that provides individuals access and resources to achieve their career pathways in filmmaking.

The Celebration of Black Cinema & Television will be produced by Madelyn Hammond and Javier Infante of Madelyn Hammond & Associates and Swisher Productions, an event production agency specializing in live events.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA) 

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

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Acclaimed Documentarian R.J. Cutler to Receive The Pennebaker Award at the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards

September 30th, 2021

Acclaimed Documentarian R.J. Cutler
to Receive The Pennebaker Award 


Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York
Presented by National Geographic Documentary Films
The Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards 

Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, September 30) — The Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards gala will take place on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New YorkThe Critics Choice Association (CCA) will once again be honoring the finest achievements in documentaries, released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members.

In addition to the 14 award categories and one honor listed below, a most prestigious honor – The Pennebaker Award (formerly known as the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award) – will be presented to esteemed documentarian R.J. Cutler. This award is named for Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner D A Pennebaker, who passed away in 2019. The award will be presented to Cutler by Pennebaker’s producing partner and wife, Chris Hegedus.

R.J. Cutler is the award-winning producer/director whose work includes some of the most acclaimed documentaries of the last thirty years. His most recent film, the Apple Original Film cinema verité documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, which tells the coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom, was released to critical acclaim (96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), recently nominated for four Emmy Awards and is currently eligible for honors in this film awards season. Additional credits include the three-time Critics Choice-nominated BELUSHI, the Oscar-nominated The War Room, the Emmy-nominated A Perfect Candidate, the Sundance Award-winning The September Issue, the Peabody Award-winning Listen to Me Marlon, the Grierson Award-winning Thin, and The World According to Dick Cheney. Cutler has also been a pioneer in the area of non-fiction television, having created such landmark programs as American High (winner of the first Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Television Series), Freshman Diaries30 Days, and Dear…, which is currently in production on its second season for AppleTV+. Cutler’s scripted work includes conceiving and directing the Emmy-nominated television series Nashville, directing the People’s Choice Award-winning feature film If I Stay, and creating, writing, directing and producing the Webby Award-winning podcast The Oval Office Tapes. Cutler recently launched This Machine, a production company focused on developing and producing documentary projects for film and television.

Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin states, “Throughout his distinguished career, R.J. Cutler has created category-defining films and television series, and we are honored to have him as our recipient of this prestigious award. With his work as a documentarian beginning as a producer of D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ landmark 1993 film, The War Room, that collaboration serves as a link between generations, and R.J. has continued to honor Penny’s pioneering legacy in the arena of observational cinema, from his directorial debut, A Perfect Candidate, and his docuseries American Highthrough to his latest feature, the coming-of-age portrait of teenage global superstar, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. He also continues to explore other directions in documentary, as with the unique archival films Listen to Me Marlon, which he produced, and last year’s BELUSHI, which he produced and directed.”   

He added, “For the sixth year in a row, we look forward to shining the spotlight on the outstanding documentary filmmaking of the year. We continue to highlight the importance and cultural value of documentaries and are thrilled to give the creative filmmakers the recognition and acknowledgment that they deserve.”

Stand-alone and two-part documentaries are eligible for awards consideration. To qualify for consideration, documentaries must have a theatrical or television/streaming premiere between 

November 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.  

This year, the Critics Choice Documentary Awards proudly has its first Presenting Sponsor, National Geographic Documentary Films. 

Catalyst Sponsors for the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards are HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime.

At the Fifth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Dick Johnson is Dead took home the CCA’s top award for Best Documentary as well as the Best Director award for Kirsten Johnson. 

My Octopus Teacher took home the awards for Best Science and Nature Documentary and Best Cinematography. The film later received many more accolades and awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Award Categories at the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards will include:

•      Best Documentary Feature

•      Best Director

•      Best First Documentary Feature

•      Best Cinematography

•      Best Narration

•      Best Score

•      Best Editing

•      Best Archival Documentary

•      Best Political Documentary

•      Best Biographical Documentary

•      Best Science and Nature Documentary

•      Best Sports Documentary

•      Best Music Documentary

•      Best Documentary Short

•      Most Compelling Living Subject Honor

Nomination committee deliberations began on Friday, September 24, with nominations to be announced on Monday, October 18. Winners will be chosen by qualified members of the Critics Choice Association and announced at the sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards gala on November 14, 2021 at BRIC in Brooklyn.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA) 

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

About the Critics Choice Documentary Awards

The sixth annual awards ceremony will take place Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. The Critics Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021: Eligibility Period

October 18, 2021: Nominations Announcement

November 14, 2021: Awards Gala

About the Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Documentary Awards are an off-shoot of The Critics Choice Awards, which are bestowed annually by CCA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Historically, the Critics Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The Critics Choice Awards ceremony will be held on January 9, 2022 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, CA and will be broadcast live on The CW.

Contacts

For consideration, please send password-protected digital screening links or site-wide promo code access for forwarding to nominating committee members, to:
David Freedman: [email protected]

To request a complete CCA membership list in order to send digital screener links or DVD screeners, please contact:
David Freedman: [email protected]om

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
David Freedman: [email protected]

For talent and bookings, please contact:
Carole Propp, Talent Producer: [email protected]

For press inquiries and media accreditation, please contact:
Laura Danford Mandel, Publicist: [email protected], 917-848-1460

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta: [email protected], 323-804-2359


Winners of the 3rd Annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards Announced

June 21st, 2021

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL “CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS”

ALEX TREBEK RECEIVES POSTHUMOUS CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV IMPACT AWARD

Netflix Led Networks With Six Wins

Los Angeles (June 21, 2021) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT unveiled today the winners of the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellencein nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.  

After a record-breaking near-600 submissions, and a stellar year in reality television, there were three ties among this year’s winner’s pool – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) and “The Great British Baking Show” (Netflix) tied for Best Competition Series, “The Masked Singer” (Fox) and “The Voice” (NBC) tied for Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety, and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network) and “The Oprah Conversation” (Apple TV+) tied for Best Structured Series.  “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) was the only series to take home multiple awards, also winning for Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series.  

In the fan voted categories, Phil Rosenthal – “Somebody Feed Phil” (Netflix) was awarded Male Star of the Year, while Sandra Lee – “Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC) was named Female Star of the Year.

Netflix, which led the networks in nominations, also led in wins, with a total of six.

Alex Trebek was honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence and the positive impact they have made on the world of nonfiction content.  Mr. Trebek and his legacy epitomize what the Impact Award was created to honor. His longstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence, his continual encouragement of curiosity, and his unfailing charm made Mr. Trebek one of television’s most respected and beloved figures. He was an inspiration to the nonfiction community that selected him for this award, and to the vast audience that welcomed him into their daily lives.  Alex’s children Matthew and Emily Trebek accepted the award on his behalf, with a heartfelt speech that can be viewed HERE.

Though this year’s ceremony was not held in person due to the ongoing pandemic, special acceptance videos from the winners can be found linked in each category below.  To view/download ALL of the acceptance videos, please click HERE.

For the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, Bob Bain and Joey Berlin served as Executive Producers.  Michelle Van Kempen was Executive Producer for NPACT.

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 when the CCA and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

The Critics Choice Association monitors all awards submissions and selects the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT leads the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming determines the nominees. Winners were chosen by a vote of the TV branch of the CCA membership.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing close to 500 television, radio and online critics. It was organized in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit CriticsChoice.com.

About NPACT

NPACT is the trade association for nonfiction production companies doing business in the U.S. Serving as the voice for the unscripted creative community, NPACT advocates for the advancement of nonfiction production across all genres of unscripted, and provides resources and information to help improve business conditions for its member companies whose programming airs across all linear TV and streaming platforms. For more information visit npact.org.

CONTACT 

Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman 

SLATE PR 

[email protected] / [email protected]  

Leslie Oren 

Babygrande PR (for NPACT) 

[email protected] 

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WINNERS FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

BEST COMPETITION SERIES – TIE 

**RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

**The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)

Top Chef (Bravo)

Tough as Nails (CBS)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY – TIE 

American Idol (ABC)

Legendary (HBO Max)

**The Masked Singer (Fox)

**The Voice (NBC)

World of Dance (NBC)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED SERIES

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (discovery+)

**Deaf U (Netflix)

Lenox Hill (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)

The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST STRUCTURED SERIES – TIE 

A World of Calm (HBO Max)

**Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

History of Swear Words (Netflix)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

**The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)

BEST BUSINESS SHOW

Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network)

**Shark Tank (ABC)

Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (CNBC)

Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel and discovery+)

Wahl Street (HBO Max)

BEST SPORTS SHOW

**30 for 30 (ESPN)

Defying Gravity (YouTube Originals)

Last Chance U: Basketball (Netflix)

Peyton’s Places (ESPN+)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

BEST CRIME/JUSTICE SHOW

**I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)

Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)

The Ripper (Netflix)

The Vow (HBO)

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES

American Masters (PBS)

Dear … (Apple TV+)

**Frontline (PBS)

POV (PBS)

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime)

The Vow (HBO)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

**1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+)

Amend: The Fight for America (Netflix)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)

Love Fraud (Showtime)

Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES

First Person (Snapchat)

**Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass)

Lady Parts (ellentube)

OWN Your Vote (NowThis and OWN social channels)

Ready Jet Cook (Food Network Kitchen)

BEST LIVE SHOW

**Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

BEST CULINARY SHOW

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network)

Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (discovery+)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

**Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW

25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated)

**Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)

Supermarket Sweep (ABC)

Weakest Link (NBC)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)

BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW

Men in Kilts (Starz)

Running Wild with Bear Grylls (National Geographic)

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

**Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)

BEST ANIMAL/NATURE SHOW

**Life in Color with David Attenborough (Netflix)

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)

That Animal Rescue Show (Paramount+)

The Incredible Dr. Pol (Nat Geo WILD)

Wizard of Paws (BYUtv)

BEST LIFESTYLE: FASHION/BEAUTY SHOW

Haute Dog (HBO Max)

**Queer Eye (Netflix)

Shine True (Fuse)

Skin Decision: Before and After (Netflix)

Stylish with Jenna Lyons (HBO Max)

BEST RELATIONSHIP SHOW

90 Day Fiancé (TLC)

Couples Therapy (Showtime)

Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)

**Love on the Spectrum (Netflix)

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (Netflix)

BEST LIFESTYLE: HOME/GARDEN SHOW

**House Hunters International (HGTV)

Martha Knows Best (HGTV)

Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV)

Rock the Block (HGTV)

Selling Sunset (Netflix)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES

Top Chef (Bravo)

**RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Crikey! It’s The Irwins (discovery+)

The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST SHOW HOST

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)

Stanley Tucci –  Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

**John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

MALE STAR OF THE YEAR

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Stanley Tucci – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

Guy Fieri – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

**Phil Rosenthal – Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR

Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)

**Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)

Michelle Visage – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PROGRAMMING BY A NETWORK OR STREAMING PLATFORM 

Discovery+ 

Disney+ 

**HBO Max 

Hulu 

National Geographic

Netflix 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PRODUCTION 

The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) 

Jigsaw Productions 

Renegade 83 

**Sharp Entertainment 

WINNERS BY PROGRAM FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL 

CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) – 1 

Best Limited Documentary Series

30 For 30 (ESPN) – 1 

Best Sports Show

Dancing with the Stars (ABC) – 1

Best Live Show

Deaf U (Netflix) – 1

Best Unstructured Series

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network) – 1

Best Structured Series

Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) – 1

Female Star of the Year 

Frontline (PBS) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

House Hunters International (HGTV) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO) – 1

Best Crime/Justice Show

Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated) – 1

Best Game Show

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – 1

Best Show Host 

Life in Color with David Attenborough (Netflix) – 1

Best Animal/Nature Show

Love on the Spectrum (Netflix) – 1

Best Relationship Show

Queer Eye (Netflix) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – 2

Best Competition Series

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

Shark Tank (ABC) – 1

Best Business Show

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) – 1

Male Star of the Year

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN) – 1

Best Travel/Adventure Show

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu) – 1

Best Culinary Show

The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) – 1

Best Competition Series

The Masked Singer (Fox) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+) – 1

Best Structured Series

The Voice (NBC) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

WINNERS BY NETWORK FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL 

CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

Netflix – 6

HBO / HBO Max – 3 

ABC – 2 

Apple TV+ – 2  

VH1 – 2

CBS Television/Syndicated – 1 

CNN – 1

ESPN – 1 

Food Network – 1 

Fox – 1 

HGTV – 1 

Hulu – 1 

MasterClass – 1

NBC – 1 

PBS – 1

TLC – 1 


Announcing the nominees for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards

June 2nd, 2021

“RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” LEADS THIRD ANNUAL “CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS” NOMINATIONS WITH FIVE POSSIBLE WINS

ALEX TREBEK TO RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV IMPACT AWARD

Netflix Leads Networks With 22 Nods

Critics Choice Real TV Awards Winners to be Announced on Monday, June 21

Los Angeles (June 2, 2021) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT unveiled today the nominees for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.  

Alex Trebek will be honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence and the positive impact they have made on the world of nonfiction content.  Mr. Trebek and his legacy epitomize what the Impact Award was created to honor. His longstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence, his continual encouragement of curiosity, and his unfailing charm made Mr. Trebek one of television’s most respected and beloved figures. He was an inspiration to the nonfiction community that selected him for this award, and to the vast audience that welcomed him into their daily lives.

All Critics Choice Real TV Awards winners will be celebrated via a special press release and announcement on Monday, June 21.  Winners in two categories – Female Star of the Year and Male Star of the Year – will be chosen by fan voting, which is now open at criticschoice.com.

After a record-breaking near-600 submissions, and a stellar year in reality television, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) once again had a very strong showing, racking up nominations for Best Competition Series, Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series, Female Star of the Year for Michelle Visage, and two for RuPaul himself – Best Show Host and Male Star of the Year.  Several other programs received multiple nominations, notably “Queer Eye” (Netflix), “Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy” (CNN), “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi” (Hulu), and “Top Chef” (Bravo) each earning three.  Netflix leads the networks once again with the chance to take home 22 trophies.  HBO/HBO Max follows close behind with 14 possible wins.

“As the number of platforms continues to grow, the quality of unscripted television programming has skyrocketed, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize so much great work, especially at the end of a year when this content was needed more than ever,” said Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin.  “We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s winners, and our most deserving Impact Award honoree Alex Trebek, later this month.”

Said NPACT General Manager Michelle Van Kempen, “Throughout the unprecedented challenge of the last year, nonfiction content was a touchstone for audiences around the globe. From documentary to reality, competition to game shows, nonfiction provided much-needed connection and entertainment. We are immensely grateful to the family of Alex Trebek for allowing NPACT and the CCA to honor him this year, and to celebrate the positive impact he made on our industry.”

Alex Trebek was an American game show host, best known as the longtime host of the television quiz show “Jeopardy!,” becoming host upon its 1984 revival in syndication.

Trebek began his broadcasting career in news with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), where he covered national news and special events for both radio and television. Prior to “Jeopardy!,” Trebek hosted such game shows as “The Wizard of Odds,” “Double Dare,” “High Rollers,” “Battlestars,” “Classic Concentration,” “The $128,000 Question,” and “To Tell The Truth.”  He also frequently appeared as himself in many films and television shows.

Trebek hosted more than 8,000 “Jeopardy!” episodes, setting a Guinness World Record. He received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times, and was presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  He and Jeopardy! received the Peabody Award in 2011.  Alex Trebek passed away on November 8, 2020.

For the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, Bob Bain and Joey Berlin serve as Executive Producers.  Michelle Van Kempen is Executive Producer for NPACT.

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 when the CCA and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

The Critics Choice Association monitors all awards submissions and selects the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT leads the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming determines the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit CriticsChoice.com.

About NPACT

NPACT is the trade association for nonfiction production companies doing business in the U.S. Serving as the voice for the unscripted creative community, NPACT advocates for the advancement of nonfiction production across all genres of unscripted, and provides resources and information to help improve business conditions for its member companies whose programming airs across all linear TV and streaming platforms. For more information visit npact.org.

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

BEST COMPETITION SERIES

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)

Top Chef (Bravo)

Tough as Nails (CBS)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY

American Idol (ABC)

Legendary (HBO Max)

The Masked Singer (Fox)

The Voice (NBC)

World of Dance (NBC)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED SERIES

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (discovery+)

Deaf U (Netflix)

Lenox Hill (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)

The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST STRUCTURED SERIES

A World of Calm (HBO Max)

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

History of Swear Words (Netflix)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)

BEST BUSINESS SHOW

Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network)

Shark Tank (ABC)

Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (CNBC)

Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel and discovery+)

Wahl Street (HBO Max)

BEST SPORTS SHOW

30 for 30 (ESPN)

Defying Gravity (YouTube Originals)

Last Chance U: Basketball (Netflix)

Peyton’s Places (ESPN+)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

BEST CRIME/JUSTICE SHOW

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)

Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)

The Ripper (Netflix)

The Vow (HBO)

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES

American Masters (PBS)

Dear … (Apple TV+)

Frontline (PBS)

POV (PBS)

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime)

The Vow (HBO)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+)

Amend: The Fight for America (Netflix)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)

Love Fraud (Showtime)

Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES

First Person (Snapchat)

Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass)

Lady Parts (ellentube)

OWN Your Vote (NowThis and OWN social channels)

Ready Jet Cook (Food Network Kitchen)

BEST LIVE SHOW

A special winner will be announced on June 21.

BEST CULINARY SHOW

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network)

Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (discovery+)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW

25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated)

Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)

Supermarket Sweep (ABC)

Weakest Link (NBC)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)

BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW

Men in Kilts (Starz)

Running Wild with Bear Grylls (National Geographic)

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)

BEST ANIMAL/NATURE SHOW

Life in Color with David Attenborough (Netflix)

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)

That Animal Rescue Show (Paramount+)

The Incredible Dr. Pol (Nat Geo WILD)

Wizard of Paws (BYUtv)

BEST LIFESTYLE: FASHION/BEAUTY SHOW

Haute Dog (HBO Max)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Shine True (Fuse)

Skin Decision: Before and After (Netflix)

Stylish with Jenna Lyons (HBO Max)

BEST RELATIONSHIP SHOW

90 Day Fiancé (TLC)

Couples Therapy (Showtime)

Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)

Love on the Spectrum (Netflix)

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (Netflix)

BEST LIFESTYLE: HOME/GARDEN SHOW

House Hunters International (HGTV)

Martha Knows Best (HGTV)

Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV)

Rock the Block (HGTV)

Selling Sunset (Netflix)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES

Top Chef (Bravo)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Crikey! It’s The Irwins (discovery+)

The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST SHOW HOST

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)

Stanley Tucci –  Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

MALE STAR OF THE YEAR

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Stanley Tucci – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)

Guy Fieri – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

Phil Rosenthal – Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR

Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)

Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)

Michelle Visage – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PROGRAMMING BY A NETWORK OR STREAMING PLATFORM 

Discovery+ 

Disney+ 

HBO Max 

Hulu 

National Geographic

Netflix 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PRODUCTION 

The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) 

Jigsaw Productions 

Renegade 83 

Sharp Entertainment 

NOMINEES BY PROGRAM FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL 

CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) – 1 

Best Limited Documentary Series

25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated) – 1

Best Game Show

30 for 30 (ESPN) – 1

Best Sports Show

90 Day Fiancé (TLC) – 1

Best Relationship Show

A World of Calm (HBO Max) – 1

Best Structured Series

Amend: The Fight for America (Netflix) – 1

Best Limited Documentary Series

American Idol (ABC) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

American Masters (PBS) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network) – 1

Best Culinary Show

Couples Therapy (Showtime) – 1

Best Relationship Show

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (discovery+) – 2

Best Unstructured Series

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

Deaf U (Netflix) – 1

Best Unstructured Series

Dear … (Apple TV+) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Defying Gravity (YouTube Originals) – 1

Best Sports Show

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network) – 2

Best Structured Series

Male Star of the Year

Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) – 1

Female Star of the Year 

First Person (Snapchat) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Frontline (PBS) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) – 1 

Female Star of the Year 

Haute Dog (HBO Max) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

History of Swear Words (Netflix) – 1

Best Structured Series

House Hunters International (HGTV) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO) – 2

Best Crime/Justice Show

Best Limited Documentary Series

Indian Matchmaking (Netflix) – 1

Best Relationship Show

Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated) – 1

Best Game Show

Lady Parts (ellentube) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Last Chance U: Basketball (Netflix) – 1

Best Sports Show

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – 1

Best Show Host 

Legendary (HBO Max) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

Lenox Hill (Netflix) – 1

Best Unstructured Series

Life in Color with David Attenborough (Netflix) – 1

Best Animal/Nature Show

Love Fraud (Showtime) – 1

Best Limited Documentary Series

Love on the Spectrum (Netflix) – 1

Best Relationship Show

Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (discovery+) – 1

Best Culinary Show

Martha Knows Best (HGTV) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

Men in Kilts (Starz) – 1

Best Travel/Adventure Show

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix) – 1

Best Crime/Justice Show

Murder on Middle Beach (HBO) – 2

Best Crime/Justice Show

Best Limited Documentary Series

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (Netflix) – 1

Best Relationship Show

Nailed It! (Netflix) – 2

Best Culinary Show

Female Star of the Year 

OWN Your Vote (NowThis and OWN social channels) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Peyton’s Places (ESPN+) – 1

Best Sports Show

POV (PBS) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

Queer Eye (Netflix) – 3

Best Structure Series

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

Ready Jet Cook (Food Network Kitchen) – 1

Best Short Form Series

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO) – 1

Best Sports Show

Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network) – 1

Best Business Show

Rock the Block (HGTV) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

Running Wild with Bear Grylls (National Geographic) – 1

Best Travel/Adventure Show

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – 5

Best Competition Series

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

Best Show Host

Male Star of the Year

Female Star of the Year

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1) – 1

Best Unstructured Series

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic) – 2

Best Limited Documentary Series

Best Animal/Nature Show

Selling Sunset (Netflix) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

Shark Tank (ABC) – 1

Best Business Show

Shine True (Fuse) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

Skin Decision: Before and After (Netflix) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) – 2

Best Travel/Adventure Show

Male Star of the Year

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN) – 3

Best Travel/Adventure Show

Best Show Host 

Male Star of the Year

Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (CNBC) – 1

Best Business Show

Stylish with Jenna Lyons (HBO Max) – 1

Best Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

Supermarket Sweep (ABC) – 1

Best Game Show

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu) – 3

Best Culinary Show

Best Show Host

Female Star of the Year 

That Animal Rescue Show (Paramount+) – 1

Best Animal/Nature Show

The Amazing Race (CBS) – 1

Best Competition Series

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime) – 1

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) – 1

Male Star of the Year

The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) – 1

Best Competition Series

The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network) – 1

Best Travel/Adventure

The Incredible Dr. Pol (Nat Geo WILD) – 1

Best Animal/Nature Show

The Masked Singer (Fox) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+) – 2

Best Structured Series

Best Show Host

The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+) – 2

Best Unstructured Series

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

The Ripper (Netflix) – 1

Bets Crime/Justice Show

The Voice (NBC) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

The Vow (HBO) – 2

Best Crime/Justice Show

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Top Chef (Bravo) – 3

Best Competition Series

Best Culinary Show

Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series

Tough as Nails (CBS) – 1

Best Competition Series

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic) – 1

Best Crime/Justice Show

Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel and discovery+) – 1

Best Business Show

Wahl Street (HBO Max) – 1

Best Business Show

Weakest Link (NBC) – 1

Best Game Show

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC) – 1

Best Game Show

Wizard of Paws (BYUtv) – 1

Best Animal/Nature Show

World of Dance (NBC) – 1

Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety

NOMINEES BY NETWORK FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL 

CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS

Netflix – 22

HBO / HBO Max – 14

Food Network / Food Network Kitchen – 6

National Geographic / Nat Geo WILD – 5

VH1 – 6

Discovery Channel / discovery+ – 5

ABC – 4 

Apple TV+ – 4

HGTV – 4 

Hulu – 4

Bravo – 3

CBS & CBS Television/Syndicated – 3 

CNN – 3

Disney+ – 3

NBC – 3 

Paramount+ – 3

PBS – 3 

Showtime – 3 

ESPN / ESPN+ – 2

Fox & Fox/Syndicated – 2 

TLC – 2

BYUtv – 1 

CNBC – 1 

Comedy Central – 1 

ellentube – 1 

Fuse – 1 

MasterClass – 1 

NowThis and OWN social channels – 1 

Snapchat – 1 

Starz – 1 

TBS – 1 

YouTube Originals – 1 


THE 27th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS RETURNS TO THE CW NETWORK ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022

May 12th, 2021

May 12, 2021 (Burbank, CA) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced today that the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards will air LIVE on The CW Network on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 7-10pm ET (delayed PT). The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement.  Location and additional details for the January 2022 ceremony will be announced at a later date.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The CW again and looking forward to gathering in person to celebrate the finest work of this upcoming season,” said Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin.  “The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards will mark a return to the glamorous, star-studded revelry that make these nights absolutely unforgettable.”

CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.  Historically, they are the most-accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations.

27TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS TIMELINE:

Monday, October 4, 2021 – Submissions open for CCA TV categories (submissions are not required for film categories)

Monday, November 15, 2021 – Submissions close for CCA TV categories (submissions are not required for film categories)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – NomComs begin deliberations 

Monday, November 29, 2021 – NomComs render official recommendations 

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Nominating ballots go out to Film Branch members

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Critics Choice Awards TV nominations announced

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Midnight (PT) deadline for final Film ballots 

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 9 a.m. PT Film nominations announced 

Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Final CCA ballots emailed to all members 

Friday, January 7, 2022 – 9 p.m. (PT) Deadline for returning final ballots 

Sunday, January 9, 2022 – 27th annual Critics Choice Awards presented live on The CW 

The 27th annual Critics Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.  Follow the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards. 

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About The CW
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a six-night, 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

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SLATE PR
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The CW Network
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Winners at the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards

March 7th, 2021

“NOMADLAND” AND “THE CROWN” LEAD WINNERS  AT THE 26TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 

EACH EARN FOUR AWARDS AT TAYE DIGGS HOSTED CEREMONY 

 

(Los Angeles, CA – March 7, 2021) – Tonight, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards LIVE on The CW during an in-person/virtual hybrid ceremony hosted for the third time by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.  The full list of winners can be found below. 

“Nomadland” led the winners in the film categories, taking home four awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chloé Zhao, and Best Cinematography for Joshua James Richards.  Zhao is the first Chinese woman to win as either director or writer. 

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” followed closely behind, winning three categories including Best Actor for the late Chadwick Boseman, Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup.  Best Actress was awarded to Carey Mulligan for “Promising Young Woman,” which also earned a Best Original Screenplay win for Emerald Fennell.  Best Supporting Actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and Best Supporting Actress to Maria Bakalova for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”   

In the series categories, “The Crown” took four categories, the most of the night, winning Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor, Best Actress in a Drama Series for Emma Corrin, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson.  In the comedy genre, “Ted Lasso” won all three categories for which it was nominated: Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham.  “The Queen’s Gambit” took the prize for Best Limited Series, and its leading lady Anya Taylor-Joy won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television. 

The race for “Best Comedy Special,” which was dominated entirely by Netflix nominees, resulted in a tie between “Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill” and “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia.” 

As was previously announced, John David Washington presented this year’s SeeHer Award to his “Malcolm & Marie” co-star, Zendaya.  The SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape. 

After leading the nominations, Netflix also won the most awards of any studio/network with a total of 14.  Amazon Studios and Searchlight Pictures each won four. 

Critics Choice Awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television 

achievement.  Historically, they are the most accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations. 

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig. 

Follow the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.  Join the conversation using #CriticsChoice and #CriticsChoiceAwards. 

Digital assets and artwork can be found HERE

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)  

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.  

About The CW  

THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK, a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS, launched in 2006.  The CW is a multiplatform network that broadcasts a six-night 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday and streams its ad-supported content, free, without login or authentication on CWTV.com and The CW app which is available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers beloved limited-run series, as well as past seasons of recent fan-favorite television shows. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.  

CONTACTS: 

Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman 
SLATE PR 
[email protected] / [email protected] 

Nate Kirtman / Jodi Karp  
The CW  
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WINNERS OF THE 26TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 

 

FILM CATEGORIES 

 

BEST PICTURE 

Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) 

BEST ACTOR 

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) 

BEST ACTRESS 

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios) 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS 

Alan Kim – Minari (A24) 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE 

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) 

BEST DIRECTOR 

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Joshua James Richards – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 

Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale – Mank (Netflix) 

BEST EDITING – TIE  

Alan Baumgarten – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) 

Mikkel E. G. Nielsen – Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios) 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN 

Ann Roth – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Tenet (Warner Bros.) 

BEST COMEDY 

Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON) 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 

Minari (A24) 

BEST SONG  

Speak Now – One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios) 

BEST SCORE 

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste – Soul (Disney) 

 

SERIES CATEGORIES 

 

BEST DRAMA SERIES 

The Crown (Netflix) 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Josh O’Connor – The Crown (Netflix) 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Emma Corrin – The Crown (Netflix) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Gillian Anderson – The Crown (Netflix) 

BEST COMEDY SERIES 

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek (Pop) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES  

Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) 

BEST LIMITED SERIES 

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Hamilton (Disney+) 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

John Boyega – Small Axe (Amazon Studios) 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Donald Sutherland – The Undoing (HBO) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION   

Uzo Aduba – Mrs. America (FX) 

BEST TALK SHOW 

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) 

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL – TIE  

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix) 

Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix) 

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES 

Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler (AMC/Youtube) 

   

WINNERS BY FILM FOR THE 26TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 

 

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (Amazon Studios)– 1  

Best Supporting Actress – Maria Bakalova  

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (Warner Bros.) – 1

Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya 

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Netflix)– 3

Best Actor – Chadwick Boseman 

Best Costume Design – Ann Roth 

Best Hair and Makeup             

MANK (Netflix)– 1

Best Production Design – Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale 

MINARI (A24)– 2

Best Young Actor/Actress – Alan Kim 

Best Foreign Language Film   

NOMADLAND (Searchlight Pictures)– 4

Best Picture                                   

Best Director – Chloé Zhao 

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chloé Zhao 

Best Cinematography – Joshua James Richards 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (Amazon Studios)– 1

Best Song – “Speak Now,” Performed by  Leslie Odom, Jr., Written by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth 

PALM SPRINGS (Hulu and NEON) – 1

Best Comedy 

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Focus Features)– 2

Best Actress – Carey Mulligan 

Best Original Screenplay – Emerald Fennell 

SOUL (Disney)– 1 

Best Score – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste 

SOUND OF METAL (Amazon Studios)– 1

Best Editing – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen – TIE  

TENET (Warner Bros.)– 1 

Best Visual Effects      

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (Netflix)– 2

Best Acting Ensemble  

Best Editing – Alan Baumgarten – TIE  

   

WINNERS BY SERIES FOR THE 26TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 

 

BETTER CALL SAUL: ETHICS TRAINING WITH KIM WEXLER (AMC/Youtube) – 1  

Best Short Form Series 

HAMILTON (Disney+) – 1 

Best Movie Made for Television 

JERRY SEINFELD: 23 HOURS TO KILL (Netflix) – 1 

Best Comedy Special – TIE  

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS (NBC) – 1 

Best Talk Show 

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (HBO) – 1 

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Michael K. Williams 

MICHELLE BUTEAU: WELCOME TO BUTEAUPIA (Netflix) – 1 

Best Comedy Special – TIE  

MRS. AMERICA (FX) – 1 

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Uzo Aduba 

SCHITT’S CREEK (Pop) – 2 

Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara 

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Daniel Levy 

SMALL AXE (Amazon Studios) – 1 

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – John Boyega 

TED LASSO (Apple TV+) – 3 

Best Comedy Series 

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis 

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham 

THE CROWN (Netflix) – 4 

Best Drama Series 

Best Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor 

Best Actress in a Drama Series – Emma Corrin 

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson 

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (Netflix) – 2 

Best Limited Series 

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Anya Taylor-Joy 

THE UNDOING (HBO) – 1 

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Donald Sutherland  

   

WINS BY STUDIO/NETWORK FOR THE 26TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 

 

Netflix – 14 

Amazon Studios – 4 

Searchlight Pictures – 4  

Apple TV+ – 3 

A24 – 2 

Disney/Disney+ – 2 

Focus Features – 2  

HBO – 2 

Pop – 2 

Warner Bros. – 2  

AMC YouTube – 1 

FX – 1 

Hulu – 1 

NBC – 1 

NEON – 1  


CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION (CCA) AND NPACT OPEN SUBMISSIONS FOR THIRD ANNUAL “CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS”

February 22nd, 2021

Winners of Awards Honoring Nonfiction and Reality Content to be Announced June 21

(February 22, 2021) – LOS ANGELES – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT have today opened submissions for the third annual “Critics Choice Real TV Awards.”  Submissions will be accepted through May 14, with nominations announced on June 2.  Winners will be announced on June 21; the format of the awards presentation is still to be determined.   

2021 Schedule:

  • Deadline for early submissions (with fee discount): Monday, March 22
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 14
  • Nominations announced: Wednesday, June 2
  • Critics Choice Real TV Awards winners revealed: Monday, June 21 

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers. Michelle Van Kempen is Executive Producer for NPACT. 

Said Van Kempen, “Over the past year, producers, networks and streamers across all genres of nonfiction banded together to keep our industry going and audiences engaged and entertained through unprecedented times. Now more than ever, the achievements of our community deserve to be celebrated.”

Added Berlin, “We may not have clarity yet on what our awards show will look like, but what’s crystal clear is how this segment of entertainment not only survived the pandemic, but rose to new heights of prominence and popularity. Reality and nonfiction television provided solace, connection and a pathway to different worlds, delivering vital entertainment when it was needed most.”

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 when the CCA and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

Shows are eligible for nomination if at least six (6) episodes premiered between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market. 

The Critics Choice Association will monitor all awards submissions and select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming will determine the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

About NPACT

NPACT is the trade association for nonfiction production companies doing business in the U.S. Serving as the voice for the unscripted creative community, NPACT advocates for the advancement of nonfiction production across all genres of unscripted, and provides resources and information to help improve business conditions for its member companies whose programming airs across all linear TV and streaming platforms. For more information visit npact.org.

CONTACT

Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman
SLATE PR
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Leslie Oren
Babygrande PR (for NPACT)
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