The Critics Choice Association (CCA) canceled its awards gala this morning, scheduled for January 9, due to the covid-19 crisis. The awards, which have the majority support of Hollywood, were intended to replace the Golden Globes this year.
The CCA brings together half a thousand film critics from the United States and Canada, its awards celebrated their 27th edition this year and “Belfast” and “West Side Story” led the nominations.
“The wisest and most responsible decision at this point is to postpone the ceremony. We are in contact with the Los Angeles County health officials and working to find a new date to hold a face-to-face gala and with health as the main priority, “ says the statement released on Twitter by the CEC.
The Critic’s Choice Awards intended to take over this year in popularity to the Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), and that this edition will not be broadcast on television after accusations of corruption and lack of diversity.
A hundred companies, including film studios and advertising agencies, have promoted a boycott against the awards that have the support of heavyweights such as Warner Bros, Netflix, or Amazon Studios.
The Golden Globes have not yet ruled on the celebration of their gala.
The new wave for the omicron variant of covid-19 is registering records of infections in some places in the United States. In the last week, cases have grown 92% in New York and 369% in the District of Columbia.
Omicron is already the predominant variant in the United States, with 73.2% of new cases last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).