The awards season in Hollywood continues this Sunday night with the “21st Annual Critics Choice Awards”. This weekend, it’s America’s broadcast film and television critics that will award the best in both performance and achievement on the large and small screen.
The biggest focus will be on the winners in the film categories on the road to Oscar gold in February.
The three-hour long event, airing live on the A&E channel promises a star-studded lineup of performers and celebrities, as both presenters and honored recipients. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today those scheduled to present awards at the “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards”.
Those slated to take the stage include Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Shiri Appleby, Kate Beckinsale, Mary J. Blige, Orlando Bloom, Carrie Brownstein, James Corden, Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adam Devine, America Ferrera, Joanne Froggatt, Colin Hanks, Bradley James, Ken Jeong, Khloe Kardashian, Josh Peck, Fred Savage, John Stamos, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sharon Stone, Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Tracee Ellis Ross, Constance Wu, Constance Zimmer, and more.
Earlier, the hundreds of members that make up the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced their nominees for top honors in film. “Mad Max: Fury Road” leads this year with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Charlize Theron for both Best Actress and Best Actress In An Action Movie, Tom Hardy for Best Actor In An Action Movie, George Miller for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Action Movie, and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.
“Carol”,“The Martian,” and “The Revenant” impressed with nine nominations each. All are also in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, among others. “Spotlight” earned eight nominations, followed by “The Big Short” with seven, and “The Hateful Eight” with six.
“Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Danish Girl,” “Jurassic World,” and “Sicario” each garnered five nominations and “Room” earned four.
Jennifer Lawrence is up for three awards, for her work in both “Joy” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” while Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are both nominated for two acting awards. Rachel McAdams is up for two awards as well, garnering nominations for her film work in “Spotlight”, and her television work in True Detective.
“This is a new Golden Age in Hollywood, with a dazzling array of spectacular, delightful and illuminating films and programs to choose from,” said BFCA/BTJA President Joey Berlin. “These nominations not only honor extraordinary achievements but they serve as an incredibly helpful guide to the best of the best for viewers and ticket buyers. We always tell the creative community, show us your best work and we’ll help the world find it – and that’s what we’re doing today.”
Television’s best and brightest will also be front and center for recognition at this Sunday’s gala event. In the television race, ABC, FX Networks, and HBO lead with 14 nominations each, followed by FOX with 12. Topping the list of nominated series is Fargo (FX Networks) with eight. The Leftovers (HBO) and Transparent (Amazon) follow closely behind with six each. The Wiz Live! (NBC) garnered five nominations, while Black-ish (ABC), Mr. Robot (USA), and Penny Dreadful (Showtime) each earned four.
Amy Schumer will receive the “Critics’ Choice MVP Award” and J. J. Abrams will present the “Critics’ Choice Genius Award” to Industrial Light & Magic.
“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 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.
The “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be hosted by actor/comedian T.J. Miller and broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E, Lifetime and LMN on Sunday, January 17 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.
The complete list of nominees for Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards are on this link.