After much speculation Monday in which a number of early January awards events such as AFI, Palm Springs, the BAFTA tea and more have either postponed or canceled plans to hold their events due to Covid complications, the Critics Choice Awards on January 9 (televised on the CW and TBS) plans to go ahead with its show at the Fairmont Century Plaza as originally planned.
Safety guidelines have been put in place during the past weeks and will be overseen I am told by the same organization that handled the recent Kennedy Center Honors, which was attended by much of Washington D.C. including the President and First Lady. Those health precautions, including required tests and full vaccination, are among the strictest in place. Despite reports to contrary, sources at the Critics Choice Association say absolutely no one and no studio has changed plans to to participate in person.at this point.
“The Critics Choice Association is working with LA County Public Health Officials and a premier Covid Compliance service, and at this time, we are currently still planning to host an in-person 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, following the strictest and safest protocols, including mandatory proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests 48 hours in advance, proper social distancing and masking requirements,” a just released statement from the CAA reads. “We will continue to carefully monitor the situation as events progress.”
Last yearm, you might recall the Critics Choice Awards were forced into a virtual format like many other shows but has been bound and determined to go live again once more in a key kickoff position in the season. Tonight’s statement does give some room for continuing developments by saying they will “continue to carefully monitor the situation as events progress,” but for now at least the CCA is staying put with their original plans to deliver a 27th annual gala awards show honoring movies and television on Sunday, January 9. Stay tuned. (Full disclosure: I am a member of the CCA).