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A & E Networks Merge Broadcast Film and Television Critics Awards Into One Show

A & E Networks Merge Broadcast Film and Television Critics Awards Into One Show

As a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I see why A & E would want to combine film and TV into one awards show. It will have more impact and pull more viewers. But as a film devotee, I know what will happen. At this three-hour event, TV will steal valuable time away not from the top stars and awards contenders, but from the gifted movie craftspeople who deserve recognition. 
The 21st annual Critics Choice Awards will simulcast live on A & E and LMN on Sunday, January 17 at 8 pm ET/PT, at the height of awards season, three days after the Oscar nominations are announced. (In recent years the film awards show has aired on the same night.)  three-hour event.  

The host for this year’s combined award show will be announced at a later date.   

“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are voted on annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the best in cinema and television. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics.  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 Movie Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.  
“The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. 

Here’s the timeline for the BFCA/BTJA:

December 7, 2015 – Nominating ballots go out to BFCA/BTJA members
December 11, 2015 – Deadline for returning nominating ballots
December 14, 2015 – Critics’ Choice Awards nominees announced
January 14, 2016 – Final ballots go out to BFCA/BTJA members
January 15, 2016 – Deadline for returning final ballots

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