Critics Choice Live Telecast Rescheduled For March 13 Same Date As BAFTA Film Awards; May Be Major Conflict For Some Nominees – Deadline



After being felled by the still-raging Omicron variant, the Critics Choice Awards have introduced its new date, Sunday March 13 — which additionally occurs to be the identical date because the BAFTA Film Awards in London. The CCAs will air dwell on the CW Network and TBS from 7-10 p.m. ET in a broadcast honoring each movie and tv and coming from its new house on the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. It additionally will air in lots of international locations all through Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

This presents an unprecedented collision for sure movie nominees who’re up for each awards. (BAFTA’s ultimate record gained’t be launched till February 3, however its just-announced longlists share most of the similar names as CCA’s nominees). It is a ticklish state of affairs to make sure, however either side are attempting for the most effective answer beneath the circumstances, I’m instructed, and the concept of a satellite tv for pc hookup in Los Angeles and London for nominees on each ends has been floated.

“Following the science and tracking the course of the Omicron variant, we believe that March 13th will be the right day to properly honor the finest achievements in film and television during the past year,” mentioned Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin in an official assertion re the brand new date. “We could have proceeded with our original January 9th date with limited attendance or switched to a virtual awards show like we did last year, but we decided to wait until we could safely gather in person and truly celebrate with the creative community, industry leaders and our CCA members all together in one beautiful setting for all the world to see.”

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Deadline contacted BAFTA at this time, and a spokesperson gave us the next assertion: “We are aware of the date change for the Critics Choice Awards 2022 and understand the unprecedented circumstances that have led to their decision this year. There are no changes to our current plans for an in person event for the EE British Academy Film Awards on 13th March and we look forward to welcoming everyone to London’s Royal Albert Hall for a safe and memorable event. There are no current plans for any satellite link up.”

Sources inform me not rather more could be mentioned presently due, no less than partially, to uncertainty about how the Covid state of affairs goes to play out. (DISCLOSURE: I’m member of CCA however haven’t any involvement within the administration and manufacturing of its awards or monetary actions and am not on the board.)

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In a cellphone dialog, Berlin elaborated additional on the transfer to the March date and mentioned CCA expects to be in persevering with conversations with BAFTA on the best way to deal with their mutual nominees, together with the satellite tv for pc concept, which Berlin pitched.

“We had no choice. We did not choose the date lightly,” he mentioned. “We had contractual obligations with our networks and our venues and our sponsors. Taking into consideration the networks’ commitment to other scheduled live events and the need contractually to deliver a three-hour Sunday show, plus the availability of the venue where we had a contract with, there was only one date between the Super Bowl and the Oscars and that is March 13. So I did reach out to BAFTA immediately and told them we regret this but had no choice, and they were great and understood. They couldn’t have been more gracious. We talked about an idea on how the talent could participate in both shows on the same day and put their safety and comfort first. Who knows about traveling both ways between London and L.A. at that time, and so many awards-season things are getting rescheduled and squeezed into this tight window, and there is ton of overlap we can’t control.”

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Adding to the scheduling complications for a few of the shared nominees, the DGA Awards are going down in Los Angeles the evening earlier than, on March 12 — not the primary time they’ve been held the identical weekend as BAFTA, by the way in which. Expect different main awards occasions additionally to juggle their dates, possible into March (and, within the case of the Grammys, possibly even additional into the yr).

Berlin says he and CCA are doing all the things attainable to make this work out for everybody. “Our discussions are continuing. We proposed possible ways to make lemonade out of these lemons. It is a tough situation, but we hope this could be a way by trying to give people a benefit of both events wherever they are, L.A. or London,” he mentioned about probably figuring out having satellite tv for pc availability in L.A. and London so affected nominees wouldn’t must miss both.

The Oscars, in its pared-down ceremony in April, had an identical answer with dwell pictures to these gathered in London in addition to different factors on the planet. Berlin emphasised, nonetheless, as BAFTA did in its assertion, that nothing is about in that regard.

“We are trying. We certainly don’t want to say you have to choose,” he mentioned. “We are comfortable to take folks on satellite tv for pc, which we by no means have performed, and possibly folks need to keep in L.A. or London for Covid causes or in any other case. I’ve great respect for BAFTA, for Amanda Berry and her workforce and their awards ceremony, and the way gracious they’ve been. This won’t ever occur once more. We would by no means dream of happening a date {that a} main awards occasion has already claimed if the selection weren’t primarily based on happening that date or not happening in any respect. “

At least one main awards PR participant Deadline spoke with about all this at first was distraught concerning the concept of the 2 exhibits happening the identical day, however then determined if there have been satellite tv for pc hookups on each ends it would really be a plus. The exec mentioned some nominees are cautious of touring lately, and it would alleviate worries on that finish.

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Berlin is empathetic since CCA had chosen its initially awards date of January 9 approach again in May, however then expressed shock when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association introduced they might be holding its Golden Globes occasion on the Beverly Hilton on the identical evening. For its half, the HFPA claimed that it had at all times had that Sunday in January and had at all times deliberate to do one thing then, regardless that the announcement didn’t come till mid-October. Welcome to pandemic awards season redux, of us.

Of course the brand new date presents no conflicts for an enormous variety of nominees from the tv aspect, solely the movie neighborhood. Berlin mentioned full particulars of how all the things will work out shall be introduced as quickly as issues fall into place. He mentioned they needed to make at this time’s new date announcement because the postponement compelled them to start out from scratch in lining up presenters and all of the logistics that go into a big awards broadcast equivalent to this one. BAFTA additionally has a big broadcast part, simply so as to add to the complexity of attempting to make “lemonade out of lemons” as Berlin says. And in fact, everybody hopes Omicron doesn’t discover a technique to crash both occasion.

Along with the published date change, CCA has modified its voting schedule, with the ultimate spherical now going down March 11th of September.

Stay tuned.

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