Typically, awards season really ramps up in January, with a variety of shows airing, including the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and more. However, this year the Critics’ Choice Awards has decided to be the vanguard of the season by moving to December.
Airing on A&E, the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards will now hit television screens on Sunday, December 11 at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Earlier this year, the award show was slated a week after the Golden Globes on January 17. However, the new date moves the Critics’ Choice Awards ahead of all other major award shows.
“This is the logical time for the Critics’ Choice Awards to be presented,” said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). “The role of critics is to assess new films and television shows and advise the public when they are initially released. So this new date is actually the most appropriate time for our annual year-end assessment of the finest achievements in both media.”
Also announced for this year’s show is the return of Silicon Valley and Deadpool actor T.J. Miller as host, who won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for best supporting actor at last season’s award ceremony.
Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP of programming for A&E said, “T.J.’s tremendous presence and comedic humor complement our mission to make this show bigger and better year after year.”
The show is a three-hour celebration of critics’ pick for both movies and television. The relationship between the BFCA, which includes more than 300 critics, and BTJA, comprised of almost 100 critics, and A&E extends through 2017 for the ceremony.
This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor