Thursday, August 18, 2016

BFCA, BJTA kick off awards season with 'Critics' Choice' show

A&E Network, home of the Critics’ Choice Awards for the past two years, today announced a significant shift in the year-end awards season calendar. The 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards show now will be the first to hand out important entertainment hardware as the initial major award show, honoring the best in film and television, when it airs live at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, immediately following “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” on A&E at 7.

Comedian T.J. Miller will return as host of the star-studded three-hour show, celebrating the best in movies and television for the second consecutive year.

T.J. Miller returns to host this year's Critics Choice Awards on Dec. 11.
“The BFCA and BTJA are very excited about moving the Critics’ Choice Awards from the traditional mid-January date to Dec. 11,” said Joey Berlin, President of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. “This is the logical time for the show to be presented in the vanguard of the awards season.

"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. Dec. 11 will be the first time all of the year’s major award contenders will be gathered together to celebrate the best of the best.”

Returning host Miller, a nationally touring stand-up comedian, stars in HBO’s Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award-winning series “Silicon Valley,” which will begin shooting its fourth season this fall. The series took home the award for “Best Comedy Series” at last year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and Miller himself won Best Supporting Actor.

Miller also starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in this year's hit Marvel feature, “Deadpool,” and his voice can be heard on the big screen in the Academy Award-winning “Big Hero 6” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Previously, he appeared in a number of major studio films, including “Transformers 4,” “Cloverfield,” “She’s Out of My League,” “Extract,” “Seeking a Friend for End of the World,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Yogi Bear 3D,” “Unstoppable,” and “Get Him to the Greek.” 

A&E Networks partnered with the BFCA and BTJA to become the exclusive home to the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards” and Critics' Choice Television Awards.” That partnership continues through 2017, with the newly formatted three-hour ceremony that brings together both sets of accoladesand for years to come.

The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 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 Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

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