The Critics Choice Awards have announced their new ceremony date as March 13, which is also the same date that the BAFTA Film Awards in London will take place.
In the announcement, Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin said, "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. 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."
This could pose an issue for many nominees who are up for both awards and both committees are trying hard to work together in the situation.
"We are trying. We certainly don't want to say you have to choose. We are happy to take people on satellite, which we never have done, and maybe people want to stay in L.A. or London for Covid reasons or otherwise. I have tremendous respect for BAFTA, for Amanda Berry and her team and their awards ceremony, and how gracious they have been. This will never happen again. We would never dream of going on a date that a major awards event has already claimed if the choice weren't based on going on that date or not going on at all," said Berlin.