Critics’ Choice Awards Returns To The CW For 24th Annual Event

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced yesterday that the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air LIVE on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13, 2019 (7:00-10:00p.m. Live ET/ Delayed PT).

As you may recall, the BFCA and BTJA (and yes, I am a member of both) experimented with an earlier award event last year. While I think that was an interesting idea, and probably a good one, it made for a rough effort when it came to getting to view every movie that came out during the year. Among other things, it resulted in a strange, and not entirely popular, shift in the nominees when it came to the Star Wars franchise.

At any rate, the event is now back to its normal window of time, and back to The CW as home. Further information about the show, including host/s and presenters will surely be coming soon, so stay tuned.

“The BFCA and BTJA are delighted to continue our successful partnership with The CW,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “It is an adventurous and forward-looking broadcast network and a perfect home for the Critics’ Choice Awards.  We look forward to presenting a fabulous celebration of the best of the best on screens of all sizes with our typically gigantic turnout of movie and television stars in the very heart of awards season.” “We’re thrilled to serve once again as the exclusive home of the Critics’ Choice Awards, and to help honor some of the biggest stars in film and television,” said Gaye Hirsch, Executive Vice President, Development, The CW. “The CCA is one of the most anticipated events in Hollywood, and we’re delighted to partner with the BFCA and BTJA again this year to share the star-studded celebration with our viewers.” 

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  • December 3, 2018 – Nominating ballots go out to BFCA members
  • December 7, 2018 – Deadline for returning nominating ballots
  • December 10, 2018 – Critics’ Choice Awards Film nominations announced
  • January 10, 2019 – Final ballots go out to BFCA members
  • January 11, 2019 – Deadline for returning final ballots


  • November 26, 2018 – Nomination Committees begin consideration
  • December 7, 2018 – Nomination Committees render recommendations
  • December 10, 2018 – Critics’ Choice Awards TV nominations announced
  • January 10, 2019 – Final ballots go out to BTJA members
  • January 11, 2019 – Deadline for returning final ballots

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The 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were hosted by actress and activist Olivia Munn. “The Shape of Water” was the most nominated film and it took home four awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture and Best Director.  

The top film acting awards were bestowed upon Gary Oldman, who took home Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour,” and Frances McDormand, awarded Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”  McDormand’s co-star Sam Rockwell won the trophy for Best Supporting Actor, while Best Supporting Actress went to Allison Janney for her standout performance in “I, Tonya.” “Big Little Lies” also won four awards, including Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series for Nicole Kidman. 

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” won Best Drama Series, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won Best Comedy Series. Gal Gadot received the #SeeHer Award, presented by her “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins. “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 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.

Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and co-host of the Are You Screening? podcast with co-host Shane Leonard. He has been writing film reviews for over 20 years, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He has been member of the Critics Choice Awards for well over a decade.

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