The annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards shows will be undergoing a huge change in 2016. Rather than two separate awards shows, the best of movies and television will be celebrated during the three hour awards show, The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Broadcast Film Critics Association/Broadcast Television Critics Association President Joey Berlin and A&E’s Executive Vice President of Programming Elaine Frontain Bryant made the announcement, revealing the combined show will air on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The new movie and TV awards show will be broadcast on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN, marking the first time the show’s aired live on multiple channels as well as the first time it’s aired on a Sunday night.
Announcing the Critics’ Choice Awards, Berlin said, “We are thrilled to bring the two Critics’ Choice Awards shows into one super-show. At a time when there are so many great movies and television shows to choose from – and so many spectacular performances – it is logical, appropriate and useful for America’s leading film and television critics and reporters to collectively honor the best of the best at the start of the new year. Bringing all these stars together in one room is going to create an incredible night of entertainment.”
“Combining the television and film communities within one telecast of The Critics’ Choice Awards even further elevates this star-studded gala event,” stated A&E’s Frontain Bryant. “We’re thrilled to be able to give viewers an up close look at so much talent together under one roof with this unique and enhanced awards show.”
The three-hour award show will be preceded by a one-hour red carpet special. The 2016 hosts of the Critics’ Choice Awards will be announced at a later date.
Details on The Critics’ Choice Awards, Courtesy of BFCA/BTCA:
“The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. *BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.”
* – I am a member of this group and vote on the annual film awards.
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