Critics Choice Awards deferred in the midst of COVID concerns

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SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 13: Host Taye Diggs (C) speaks onstage at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 13, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)

As the omicron variant of COVID-19 keeps on spreading, the Critics Choice Awards will don’t really occur as organized, following various other January events that have recently been abandoned.

The Critics Choice Association reported Wednesday that the in-person ceremony, at first planned Jan. 9, had been deferred, with a new date yet to be picked. Albeit the group stated Monday that the event would in any case occur as planned, the updated decision follows insight about record-breaking cases in New York and rising worries of one more rush of the pandemic.

As indicated by an assertion, the group concluded that deferring the ceremony was “the prudent and responsible decision at this point.” The message additionally refered to “thoughtful consideration and candid conversations” with The CW and TBS, the organizations set to communicate the 27th annual event.

“We are in constant communication with L.A. County Health Officials, and we are currently working diligently to find a new date during the upcoming awards season in which to host our annual gala in-person with everyone’s safety and health remaining our top priority,” the statement continued. “We will be sharing additional details with our friends and colleagues throughout the entertainment industry as soon as we can.”

A new date has not yet been set.

The Critics Choice Awards, which went virtual in 2021 later a pre-pandemic in-person event in January 2020, were set to be held at Century City’s Fairmont Century Plaza, with a ceremony hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer. Belfast and West Side Story lead the current year’s film nominations, with Succession driving the TV classes. What’s more in assuming control over the first weekend of January spot customarily held by the Golden Globes, the show was set to fill in as a significant beginning of grants season.

The news comes later the Palm Springs International Film Society reported Monday that its brilliant Film Awards on Jan. 6 would be rejected, with a night set to respect Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz, Jane Campion, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Hudson, the Belfast group, Andrew Garfield, the troupe from King Richard, Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman. BAFTA’s annual Tea Party, set for Jan. 8, was likewise nixed on Monday.

This declaration follows a not insignificant rundown of different delays or retractions from Hollywood to Broadway and many focuses in the middle because of the new winter Covid flood and expanding fears of the fast spread of the Omicron variation. The AFI Awards lunch get-together, the BAFTA tea, the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala and recently the Motion Picture Academy’s Governors Awards all have declared either deferments or, now and again, inside and out undoings.

On Monday, CCA put out a concise explanation that the gathering had expected to continue onward with its live show, however didn’t determine if that implied keeping it on January 9 or going to a later date. It presently is evident that the organization intends to go later, with subtleties further to come. Not at all like different associations recorded, CCA has communicated accomplices for its show, which is arranged as a live simulcast on the CW and TBS from the recently renovated Fairmont Century Plaza. It had become unmistakably clear that social occasion film and TV candidates and moderators among others toward the beginning of January was at this point not a choice thinking about the current environment. Remain tuned for additional turns of events.

“After thoughtful consideration and candid conversations with our partners at The CW and TBS, we have collectively come to the conclusion that the prudent and responsible decision at this point is to postpone the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, originally slated for January 9, 2022. We are in constant communication with LA County Health Officials, and we are currently working diligently to find a new date during the upcoming awards season in which to host our annual gala in-person with everyone’s safety and health remaining our top priority. We will be sharing additional details with our friends and colleagues throughout the entertainment industry as soon as we can.”

The Academy did, notwithstanding, stress that its Academy Museum activities are unaffected by this.

“As of now, there will be no changes to Museum operations,” said the Academy to their membership. “As the Museum is a public-facing institution that relies on public support to stay open, they will remain diligent in adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks on-site. In addition, the Museum has been operating at 50% capacity and requiring timed ticketing to allow for ample space for visitors.”

Additionally on Wednesday, the Governor Awards ceremony, booked for Jan. 15, was delayed. Also, the AFI Awards, made arrangements for Jan. 7, have comparably been postponed until a not settled as of yet date.