The Critics Choice Awards air live on Thursday night, 8 pm Eastern on the CW Network. Aisha Tyler is hosting. Forest Whitaker gets a special tribute. These awards are more a precursor of the Oscars than the Globes, and voted on by actual movie critics and journalists, unlike the Globes and crazy awards like the National Board of Review.
Presenters include– because the Critics Choice covers TV as well as movies– Jensen Ackles, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Don Cheadle, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Sir Ben Kingsley, Nia Long, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Jared Padalecki, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Isaiah Washington, and Marlon Wayans.
And it’s just a two hour show– very glamorous but also very economical. And everyone shows up. This is the first time I can think of that the Oscar nominations will be announced on the same morning. It’s going to be a long day for a lot of people, many of whom will have to keep a stoic face.