NEW: Documentary Awards

“OJ: Made in America” Named Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) and
“13th” Named Best Documentary (TV/Streaming)
at Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

(Brooklyn, NY – November 3, 2016) – The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at BRIC in Brooklyn.

OJ: Made in America took home the most awards for the evening with Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), Best Director (Theatrical Feature) for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary.

13th won three awards for Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), Best Political Documentary and Best Director (TV/Streaming) for Ava DuVernay.

The Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) was a tie, with awards going to both Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker for Everything is Copy: Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted. and Deborah Esquenazi for Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg won Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) for Weiner.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years took home Best Music Documentary and I’m Still Here from Miss Sharon Jones – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings took home the award for Best Song in a Documentary.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 won Best Ongoing Documentary Series and Keith Maitland’s Tower took home the award for Most Innovative Documentary.

Host Penn Jillette lead the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees Danny Fields (Danny Says), Iggy Pop (Gimme Danger), Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson), Owen Suskind (Life, Animated), Sharon Jones (Miss Sharon Jones!), Steve Gleason (Gleason) and Theo Padnos (Theo Who Lived).

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was produced by Bob Bain Productions.

 

About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

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WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) – O.J.: Made in America
Best Director (Theatrical Feature) – Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) – 13th
Best Director (TV/Streaming) – Ava DuVernay – 13th
Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg – Weiner
Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) – (TIE) – Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker – Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted and Deborah Esquenazi – Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Best Political Documentary – 13th
Best Sports Documentary – O.J.: Made in America
Best Music Documentary – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Best Song in a Documentary – “I’m Still Here” – Miss Sharon Jones – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Best Limited Documentary Series – O.J.: Made in America
Best Ongoing Documentary Series – 30 for 30
Most Innovative Documentary – The Tower

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PENN JILLETTE TO HOST INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Penn Jillette has been announced as host of the Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, to be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at BRIC, in Brooklyn, New York.

Best-selling author, producer and philanthropist Penn Jillette is one half of the Emmy Award-winning magic duo and Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller, and is no stranger to documentaries, serving as a producer on critically lauded documentary The Aristocrats and the BAFTA nominated Tim’s Vermeer. Jilette is also a Writers Guild Award winner for the Showtime docu-series, Penn & Teller: BS!, which aired for eight season on the network, and was nominated for 13 Emmy awards.
“I’m very excited about hosting the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards,” said Jillette, “because the stuff people make up can never be as scary, spooky, wonderful, and weird as the stuff that’s really out there.  I love my docs.”

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) also announced D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus as the recipients of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Among the dozens of acclaimed documentaries they have made individually and together are Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, Monterey Pop, The War Room, Startup.com, DeLorean, and Elaine Stritch: At Liberty.

The first round of presenters for the November 3 awards gala have also been announced.  They include such leaders in the field of non-fiction storytelling as Emmy award winner Andrew Jarecki (The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst), Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (Miss Sharon Jones!), journalist and documentary producer Meredith Vieira, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:

Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator

310.422.7573

julie.anderson2442@yahoo.com

 

For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:

Dera Freund

818.472.6903

dera.freund@live.com

 

For sponsorship, please contact:

Gary Mezzatesta

818.526.0111

gmezzatesta@upp.net

 

For media accreditation, please contact:

Sharn Norman

310.300.4804

sharn.norman@beckmedia.com

 

About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are presented in concert with the Critics’ Choice Awards. 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.

A&E Networks will again partner with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) as the exclusive home to the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Accolades for the finest achievements in both movies and television will be presented Sunday, December 11 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and will again be seen live on A&E, 8pm-11pm ET. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will honor the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards are determined by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. The debut awards ceremony will take place, November 3, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.  For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

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INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS NOMINATIONS UNVEILED

LOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 10, 2016) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at BRIC, in Brooklyn, New York.

“It is an amazing time for documentaries, with the ever-increasing number of platforms enabling producers to reach enthusiastic and growing audiences for non-fiction storytelling,” said BFCA and BTJA President Joey Berlin.

“This is clearly demonstrated in the depth and quality of our inaugural nominees. We have a wealth of brilliant creators who are bringing to light some of the most entertaining and illuminating stories being told today.  Indeed, documentary filmmaking is modern investigative journalism. We look forward to celebrating all these fine and important achievements at the first Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala on November 3rd.”

13th, O.J.: Made in America and Gleason lead the nominations this year with five each. 13th has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best Political Documentary, Best Documentary Feature (TV/Streaming), Ava DuVernay for Best Director (TV/Streaming) and Best Song in a Documentary.

The nominations for O.J.: Made in America include Best Documentary Feature, Ezra Edelman for Best Direction of a Documentary Feature, Best Limited Documentary Series, Best Political Documentary and Best Sports Documentary.

Gleason received nominations for Best Documentary Feature, Clay Tweel for Best Direction of a Documentary Feature, Best Song in a Documentary, Best Sports Documentary, in addition to the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Steve Gleason.

As part of the gala awards ceremony the BFCA and BTJA will be honoring this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary. Honorees are as follows:

  • Danny Fields – Danny Says (Magnolia/Outre Films)
  • Iggy Pop – Gimme Danger (Magnolia/Amazon)
  • Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
  • Owen Suskind – Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
  • Sharon Jones – Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
  • Steve Gleason – Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A/Dear Rivers)
  • Theo Padnos – Theo Who Lived (Zeitgeist Films) 


Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations include:

 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • 13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
  • O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
  • Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
  • Fire at Sea (Kino Lorber/Stemal Entertainment/21 Unofilm/Cinecittà Luce/Rai Cinema/Les Films d’Ici/Arte France Cinéma)
  • Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A/Dear Rivers)
  • Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
  • Tickled (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films/HBO)
  • Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/Go-Valley/Killer Impact)
  • Weiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
  • The Witness (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)

BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
  • Ron Howard – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (White Horse Pictures/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps/ Hulu)
  • Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
  • Keith Maitland – Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/Go-Valley/Killer Impact)
  • Clay Tweel – Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A/Dear Rivers)
  • Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Otto BellThe Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions/Warrior Poets)
  • David Farrier and Dylan ReeveTickled (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films)
  • Adam IrvingOff the Rails (The Film Collaborative/Zipper Bros Films)
  • Josh Kriegman and Elyse SteinbergWeiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
  • James D. SolomonThe Witness (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)
  • Nanfu WangHooligan Sparrow (The Film Collaborative/Little Horse Crossing the River)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY

  • 13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
  • O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
  • Audrie & Daisy (Netflix/Actual Films)
  • Newtown (Abramorama/Mile 22/Independent Television Service)
  • Weiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
  • Zero Days (Magnolia/Jigsaw Productions/Participant Media)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (TV/STREAMING)

  • 13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
  • Fantastic Lies (ESPN/Lightbox)
  • Amanda Knox (Netflix/Plus Pictures)
  • Audrie & Daisy (Netflix/Actual Films)
  • Before the Flood (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)
  • Holy Hell (CNN/WRA Productions/ *Very Special Projects/Whitewater Films)
  • Into the Inferno (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)
  • Jim: The James Foley Story (HBO/Kunhardt Films)
  • Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)
  • Rats (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)

BEST DIRECTOR (TV/STREAMING)

  • Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)
  • Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn – Amanda Knox (Netflix/Plus Pictures)
  • Ava DuVernay – 13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
  • Werner Herzog – Into the Inferno (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)
  • Morgan Spurlock – Rats (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)
  • Fisher Stevens – Before the Flood (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)

BEST FIRST FEATURE (TV/STREAMING)

  • Everything is CopyJacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker (HBO/Loveless)
  • Holy HellWill Allen (CNN/WRA Productions)
  • Mavis!Jessica Edwards (HBO/Film First Co.)
  • My Beautiful Broken BrainSophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland (Netflix)
  • Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio FourDeborah Esquenazi (Investigation Discovery/Motto Pictures/Naked Edge Films)
  • Team FoxcatcherJon Greenhalgh (Netflix/Hattasan Productions/Madrose Productions)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

  • O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
  • The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime/Left/Right)
  • The Eighties (CNN)
  • The Hunt (BBC America/Silverback Films/NDR Naturfilm)
  • Jackie Robinson (PBS/Florentine Films)
  • Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (PBS/Higher Ground/Show of Force)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES

  • 30 for 30 (ESPN)
  • Frontline (PBS)
  • Last Chance U (Netflix)
  • Morgan Spurlock Inside Man (CNN)
  • POV (PBS)
  • This Is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN)

BEST SONG IN A DOCUMENTARY

  • “Angel by the Wings” – The Eagle Huntress – Written by Sia – Performed by Sia (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions/Warrior Poets)
  • “The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story – Written by Sting and J. Ralph – Performed by Sting (HBO/Kunhardt Films)
  • “Flicker” – Audrie & Daisy – Written by Tori Amos – Performed by Tori Amos (Netflix/Actual Films)
  • “Hoping and Healing” – Gleason – Written by Mike McCready – Performed by Mike McCready (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A/Dear Rivers)
  • “I’m Still Here” – Miss Sharon Jones! – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
  • “Letters to the Free” – 13th– Written by Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper – Performed by Common featuring Bilal (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

  • Fantastic Lies (ESPN/Lightbox)
  • O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
  • Dark Horse (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions/Warrior Poets)
  • Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A/Dear Rivers)
  • Jackie Robinson (PBS/Florentine Films)
  • Keepers of the Game (Tribeca Digital Studios/Flatbush Pictures)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (White Horse Pictures/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps/ Hulu)
  • Gimme Danger (Magnolia/Amazon)
  • Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
  • The Music of Strangers (Participant Media/Tremolo Productions/HBO/The Orchard)
  • Presenting Princess Shaw (Magnolia)
  • We Are X (Drafthouse Films)

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY

  • Cameraperson(Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
  • Kate Plays Christine (Grasshopper Film/4thRow Films/Faliro House Productions/Prewar Cinema Productions)
  • Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
  • Nuts (Amazon/mTuckman Media/Cartuna/Gland Power Films)
  • Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/Go-Valley/Killer Impact)
  • Under The Sun (Icarus Films/Vertov Studio/Saxonia Entertainment/Hypermarket Film)

Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting October 31 – November 1.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:

Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator

310.422.7573

julie.anderson2442@yahoo.com

For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:

Dera Freund

818.472.6903

dera.freund@live.com

For sponsorship, please contact:

Gary Mezzatesta

818.526.0111

gmezzatesta@upp.net

For media accreditation, please contact:

Sharn Norman

310.300.4804

sharn.norman@beckmedia.com

About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are presented in concert with the Critics’ Choice Awards. 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.

A&E Networks will again partner with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) as the exclusive home to the ‘22nd Annual ‘Critics’ Choice Awards’. Accolades for the finest achievements in both movies and television will be presented Sunday, December 11 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and will again be seen live on A&E, 8pm-11pm ET. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards are determined by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. The debut awards ceremony will take place, November 3, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

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CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS TO DEBUT
NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Inaugural Event Honoring Film and Television to be held at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York

LOS ANGELES, CA (AUGUST 1, 2016) –The first Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented Thursday, November 3, 2016 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

The awards will be determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film including:

– Best Documentary Feature Film (Theatrical Premiere)

– Best Documentary Feature (Television Premiere)

– Best Director of a Documentary

– Best First Documentary Feature

– Best Music Documentary

– Best Sports Documentary

– Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary

– Best Limited Documentary Series for Television

– Best Ongoing Documentary Series for Television

– Best Unstructured Reality Series

– Best Song in a Documentary

– Most Innovative Documentary

– Best Investigative Journalist, and many more.

Awards in the documentary field, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Unstructured Reality Show, have in the past been presented as part of the Critics’ Choice Awards broadcast.

Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association president Joey Berlin said: “To be able to shine a light on some of the most outstanding documentaries and non-fiction television programs is something we are really proud of.

“There is so much great work being done in these fields, but it is often difficult to introduce them to audiences. We believe the time has come to focus attention on these important, informative and entertaining productions, at an event dedicated solely to celebrating the positive effects these works have towards educating, inspiring and triggering social change amongst audiences.”

The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 10, 2016, with the winners announced at an awards gala on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions. Submissions are not required to be considered for Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

For additional details regarding the nominating process, please contact:
John De Simio
323.464.7298
johndesimio@gmail.com

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator
310.422.7573
julie.anderson2442@yahoo.com

For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:
Dera Freund
818.472.6903
dera.freund@live.com

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta
818.526.0111
gmezzatesta@upp.net

 

About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
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.

A&E Networks will again partner with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) as the exclusive home to the 22nd annual ‘Critics’ Choice Awards’. Accolades for the finest achievements in both movies and television will be presented as part of a three-hour ceremony on A&E.