Saturday, June 15, 2024

Motion Picture Academy Cancels January 15th Governors Awards, Critics Choice Looks Imperiled


The Motion Picture Academy has canceled their big January 15th event for the Governors Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza. The reason is the rapid spread of COVID and Omicron cases in Los Angeles, and everywhere else. It’s simply not safe.

The Academy spokesperson: “We have made the difficult decision to change our plans in hosting the Governors Awards in person on January 15. Given the uncertainties around the variants, and the impact this could have on our community, we feel this is the best and safest decision for our honorees and guests. Rescheduled plans will come at a later date as we continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all those involved.”

So that’s it, and now the January 9th Critics Choice Awards also at the same hotel look imperiled, even though the group said yesterday they were going forward.

Frankly, January looks like a wash in LA and NY at least the first three weeks.

Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Ullmann and Elaine May are to receive Governor’s Awards. Danny Glover is also set to be the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. But now they will all have to wait, maybe until the actual Academy Awards on March 27th.

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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