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Annual BFCA Election – Branch Presidents

May 19th, 2020

As specified in the BFCA By-Laws (Article V, Section 2), it is time for our presidential elections.  This article is the official call for nominees for two-year terms to lead our three voting branches – Film, TV, and Documentaries – beginning July 1, 2020.

As the BFCA has evolved into the Critics Choice Association, the CCA CEO, Joey Berlin, is responsible for the general supervision, direction and control of the business of the Association, working out of our office at 9220 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and is appointed by the Board of Directors.  Each of the Branch Presidents is responsible for overseeing Critics Choice Awards voting in their specific area, including the nominations process, and other matters of concern to their Branch as they arise.

It is the unanimous recommendation of the BFCA Board of Directors that our three current Branch Presidents, who were initially appointed by the Board, be now formally reelected by the membership to new two-year terms.  They are Pete Hammond (Film), Ed Martin (TV), and Christopher Campbell (Documentaries).  They are each established and respected leaders in the industry and have served our organization extremely well for years.  Maintaining strong consistent leadership is vital to the CCA’s ongoing success.

If any other member or members wish to run for President of any of the three Branches, they should signify intention to do so by sending an email to BFCA Secretary Sara Voorhees ([email protected]) by May 29, 2020.  The nominating process will close on that date.  A new discussion board will be opened on June 1, if necessary, in preparation for an election the week of June 15.  Voting will be by secret ballot, overseen by the accounting firm of Duffy Kruspodin.  If no one chooses to oppose the current presidents running for re-election, there will be no voting and the current presidents will continue to serve. 

BFCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joey Berlin – CEO
John De Simio – EVP
Shawn Edwards
Jim Ferguson
Sean O’Connell
Ed  Martin
Mark Ramsey
Sam Rubin
Sara Voorhees


RIP Jorge Camara

April 26th, 2020

One of Hollywood’s most respected international journalists has died. Jorge Camara was a past president/Chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He spent six years as HFPA President and served as an officer or board member for more than 20 years. Camara joined the BFCA in 2000. He is the only critic or journalist ever to be a member of HFPA and BFCA.


Critics Choice Association (CCA) and NPACT announce new timeline for “Critics Choice Real TV Awards” in response to Coronavirus Pandemic

March 30th, 2020

Awards Honor Nonfiction and Reality Content

(March 30, 2020) – LOS ANGELES – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT have announced a new timeline for the second annual “Critics Choice Real TV Awards,” amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.  Submissions will now be accepted through May 15, and nominations will be announced on June 8.  Winners will be announced on June 29, with the final event format still to be determined.  

New Schedule:

  • Submissions open: Wednesday, February 19
  • Deadline for early submissions (with fee discount): Monday, March 9
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 15
  • Nominations announced: Monday, June 8
  • Critics Choice Real TV Awards winners announced: Monday, June 29

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers. Michelle Van Kempen is Executive Producer for NPACT.

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were conceived last year when the CCA (then known as the Broadcast Television Journalists Association) and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

Shows are eligible for nomination if at least six (6) episodes premiered between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market. 

The Critics Choice Association will monitor all awards submissions and select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming will determine the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership and announced at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized last year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

About NPACT
NPACT, the trade association for non-fiction production companies doing business in the U.S., includes 100+ member companies comprised of production companies of all sizes, as well as allied services companies. Collectively, NPACT members produce the majority of all nonfiction content for U.S. broadcast, cable television and streaming platforms. NPACT serves as the voice for the non-fiction creative community, providing a forum for producers as they tackle challenges and business issues in this age of media disruption.

CONTACT
Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman
SLATE PR
[email protected] / [email protected]


What should we be watching?

March 17th, 2020

With so many of us stuck at home, watching television and streaming video is playing an ever more important role in our lives.  And millions of people are wondering, what should I be watching?

No one is better suited to answer that question than the members of the Critics Choice Association.  So let’s pool our wisdom and offer some guidance to a world that is reeling right now.

What are the best shows on television now?  

What about on streaming services?  

What about movies – and where can I find them right now?  

What classics (movies or TV) would you recommend finally catching up on or revisiting?


‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ Named Best Picture at 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

January 12th, 2020

“ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD” NAMED BEST PICTURE TAKES FOUR AWARDS AT 25th  ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 “1917” EARNS THREE AWARDS

“FLEABAG” LEADS TELEVISION RECIPIENTS WITH THREE AWARDS

(Los Angeles, CA – January 12, 2020) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 25thAnnual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  Hollywood’s brightest shined at the gala event, which aired on The CW Network and was hosted for the second year by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.

In the film categories, “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” took home four awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt, Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, and Best Production Design for Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh.  “1917” followed closely behind, winning three categories.

Best Actor and Best Actress awards were bestowed upon Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker” and Renée Zellweger for “Judy,” respectively, while Best Supporting Actress went to Laura Dern for “Marriage Story.”  The Best Director race resulted in a tie between Sam Mendes for “1917” and Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite.”

Among the television categories, “Fleabag” took home the most awards, winning Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Andrew Scott.  Alex Borstein was a repeat winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as was Best Actor in a Comedy Series winner Bill Hader for “Barry.”  “Succession” took home two awards including Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series for Jeremy Strong.  “Watchmen” was also awarded two trophies, for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Regina King and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Jean Smart.  Billy Crudup was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in “The Morning Show.”

Keegan-Michael Key was on hand to deliver a special tribute to Eddie Murphy, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Murphy was feted for his extraordinary career, including most recently his brilliant performance in Best Comedy winner “Dolemite Is My Name.”  As previously announced, Kristen Bell received the #SeeHer Award for portraying strong female characters whilepromoting women on screen and off, and the award was presented by her co-star from “The Good Place” Ted Danson.

Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Historically, they are the most-accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations.

The 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.

About CCA:
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized last year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

About The CW:
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a six-night, 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

 

CONTACTS:
Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman
SLATE PR
310-461-0111
[email protected] / [email protected]

Nate Kirtman / Jodi Karp
The CW Network
818-977-5993
[email protected] / [email protected]

 

WINNERS OF THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

FILM

 

BEST PICTURE
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Sony)

BEST ACTOR
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (Warner Bros.)

BEST ACTRESS
Renée Zellweger – Judy (Roadside)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Sony)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laura Dern – Marriage Story (Netflix)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Irishman (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR (TIE)
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite (Neon)
Sam Mendes – 1917 (Universal)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Sony)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig – Little Women (Sony)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins – 1917 (Universal)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Sony)

BEST EDITING
Lee Smith – 1917 (Universal)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ruth E. Carter – Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Bombshell (Lionsgate)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Endgame (Disney)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 4 (Disney)

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Avengers: Endgame (Disney)

BEST COMEDY
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE
Us (Universal)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Parasite (Neon)

BEST SONG (TIE)
Glasgow (No Place Like Home) – Wild Rose (Neon
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman (Paramount)

BEST SCORE
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker (Warner Bros.)

 

 

TELEVISION

 

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Succession (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeremy Strong – Succession (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Regina King – Watchmen (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jean Smart – Watchmen (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Fleabag (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag (Amazon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Andrew Scott – Fleabag (Amazon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
When They See Us (Netflix)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Toni Collette – Unbelievable (Netflix)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

BEST TALK SHOW (TIE)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons (ABC)

 

 

WINNERS BY FILM FOR THE 25th  ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

1917 (Universal) – 3

Best Director – Sam Mendes (Tie)

Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

Best Editing – Lee Smith

 

AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Disney) – 2

Best Visual Effects

Best Action Movie

 

BOMBSHELL (Lionsgate) – 1

Best Hair and Makeup

 

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (Netflix) – 2

Best Costume Design – Ruth E. Carter

Best Comedy

 

JOJO RABBIT (Fox Searchlight) – 1

Best Young Actor/Actress – Roman Griffin Davis

 

JOKER (Warner Bros.) – 2

Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix

Best Score – Hildur Guðnadóttir

 

JUDY (Roadside) – 1

Best Actress Renée Zellweger

 

LITTLE WOMEN (Sony) – 1

Best Adapted Screenplay – Greta Gerwig

 

MARRIAGE STORY (Netflix) – 1

Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern

 

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (Sony) – 4

Best Picture

Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino

Best Production Design – Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

 

PARASITE (Neon) – 2

Best Director – Bong Joon Ho (Tie)

Best Foreign Language Film

 

ROCKETMAN (Paramount) – 1

Best Song – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Tie)

 

THE IRISHMAN (Netflix) – 1
Best Acting Ensemble

 

TOY STORY 4 (Disney) – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

US (Universal) – 1

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie


WILD ROSE (Neon) – 1

Best Song – Glasgow (No Place Like Home) (Tie)

 

WINNERS BY TELEVISION PROGRAM FOR THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

BARRY (HBO) – 1

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Bill Hader

 

BOJACK HORSEMAN (Netflix) – 1

Best Animated Series

 

CHERNOBYL (HBO) – 1

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Stellan Skarsgård

 

EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE (Netflix) – 1

Best Movie Made for Television

 

FLEABAG (Amazon) – 3

Best Comedy Series

Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Andrew Scott

 

FOSSE/VERDON (FX) – 1

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Michelle Williams

 

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS (NBC) – 1

Best Talk Show (Tie)

 

LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE: NORMAN LEAR’S ALL IN THE FAMILY AND THE JEFFERSONS (ABC) – 1

Best Comedy Special

 

SUCCESSION (HBO) – 2

Best Drama Series

Best Actor in a Drama Series – Jeremy Strong

 

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN (CBS) – 1

Best Talk Show (Tie)

 

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Amazon) – 1

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein

 

THE MORNING SHOW (Apple) – 1
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Billy Crudup

 

UNBELIEVABLE (Netflix) – 1

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Toni Collette

 

WATCHMEN (HBO) – 2

Best Actress in a Drama Series – Regina King

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Jean Smart

 

WHEN THEY SEE US (Netflix) – 2

Best Limited Series

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Jharrel Jerome

 

WINNERS BY STUDIO / NETWORK FOR THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

NETFLIX – 9

HBO – 6

SONY – 5

AMAZON – 4

UNIVERSAL – 4

DISNEY – 3

NEON – 3

WARNER BROS. – 2

ABC – 1

APPLE – 1

CBS – 1

FOX SEARCHLIGHT – 1

FX – 1

LIONSGATE – 1

NBC – 1

PARAMOUNT – 1

ROADSIDE – 1


MOVIE MEMBER AWARD VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

January 8th, 2020

VOTING FOR THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you for voting!

TV MEMBER AWARD VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

January 8th, 2020

VOTING FOR THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you for voting!

Eddie Murphy to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

December 30th, 2019

EDDIE MURPHY TO BE HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

GALA EVENT WILL AIR LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020 FROM THE BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA

 

(Los Angeles, CA – December 30, 2019) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced today that film icon Eddie Murphy will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.  Murphy will be feted for his extraordinary roles over the years, most recently his brilliant portrayal of the legendary Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, for which he is nominated for Best Actor.

The star-studded gala will once again be hosted by film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs, and broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET (delayed PT).  As previously announced, Kristen Bell will receive the fourth annual #SeeHer Award during the ceremony. 

Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African American actor in the history of the motion picture business and is one of the industry’s top-five box-office performers overall. Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care.  Some of his other most beloved hits include 48 Hours, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor and Shrek.

Murphy can currently be seen portraying the legendary underground comic personality Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name from Netflix and recently wrapped production on Coming 2 America, the long-anticipated sequel to the 1988 box office hit.

In 2007, Murphy received critical acclaim for his portrayal of James “Thunder” Early in the DreamWorks film Dreamgirls, a performance which would garner him the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as earning him his first Academy Award® nomination in the same category.

Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.  Historically, they are the most-accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations.

The 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig. 

Follow the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

About CCA
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized this year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com. 

About The CW
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a six-night, 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

CONTACTS:

Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman

SLATE PR

310-461-0111

[email protected] / [email protected]

Nate Kirtman / Jodi Karp

The CW Network

818-977-5993

[email protected] / [email protected]


Digital Ads for Critics’ Choice Awards

December 23rd, 2019

Digital ads for the 25th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS are now available. Please find all ads uploaded here:

Promote The 2020 “Critics’ Choice Awards” with Custom Live-Shots back to your hometown TV station

December 22nd, 2019

Our single most effective method of promoting our 25th Annual “Critics’ Choice Awards” is when you share the excitement of the upcoming ceremony LIVE with your viewers in your market.

Once again, “Critics Choice” Board Member Sam Rubin and his KTLA-TV team want to help you with custom live shots.

There will be live shot opportunities on:

Friday, January 10th, 2020
from 5am until 10am Pacific Time

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
from 6am until 11 am Pacific Time

Sunday, January 12th, 2020
from 6am until 11am Pacific Time

Over the years we have found a direct and specific correlation between cities that take advantage of these live shots, and the TV ratings for the “Critics Choice Awards” in those particular markets.

We need you. We want you.

Please let us know that you are interested.

Contact Lorraine Viruez
[email protected]

Please include the days and tentative times that you are interested in.

If you have never participated in our live shot opportunities and have questions, contact Sam Rubin directly.
[email protected]

Looking forward to your involvement in our 25th Annual “Critics Choice Awards.”