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COVID ‘Cron Starts Causing Trouble: New York Film Critics Postpone January 10th Ceremony


The New York Film Critics Circle has postponed its January 10th awards ceremony.

“Out of safety concerns for our award winners and our members, we’ve made the decision to postpone our dinner. But rest assured, we’re going to find a way to celebrate the accomplishments of our winners in the coming months. Even in the midst of an uncertain time, we see this as a positive step forward.” stated NYFCC Chair Stephanie Zacharek.

The NYFCC named “Drive My Car” Best Picture even though no one stops to get gas in a three hour movie abour driving around Japan.

The ceremony would have taken place at Tao New York.

Now the National Bored of Review, with its January 11th gala dinner costing hundreds of dollars per ticket, should be in jeopardy. But they are very money-oriented, so risking the ‘Cron may still be worth it to their decision maker, Annie Schulhof.

Also at risk now is the January 9th Critics Choice ceremony in Los Angeles at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel.  Yesterday, the Critics Choice — which is contracted to TV slots on TBS and the CW networks — said they would proceed. But everything is up in the air at this point.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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