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The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced today that the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards will be an international affair, with celebrations planned in both London and Los Angeles on March 13th, 2022.

The press release doesn’t say it, but this is a decided move on the awards chess board in relation to the British Oscars, or BAFTA. Those awards are being given out a few hours earlier in London.

Originally, the CCA’s were supposed to take place on January 9th. But the pandemic was raging and the date had to be moved. Now actors who were nominated by both groups have to choose between Los Angeles, and being seen all over the world, or London, and few people knowing about it. I’d pick L.A.

Hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer, the star-studded Critics Choice Awards gala will broadcast LIVE in the U.S. on The CW and TBS on Sunday, March 13 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT – check local listings) and will also be seen in many countries around the globe.

The Los Angeles awards ceremony will be held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel, while stars in London will gather at the Savoy Hotel for a late night soiree that will be an integral part of the live telecast.

“The role of the Critics Choice Awards in the entertainment world has grown exponentially over the past quarter century,” notes CCA CEO Joey Berlin. “When the pandemic made us move our show date from its traditional kick off in January into the heart of the awards season, we felt the need to add a second stage in London to make sure that all our honorees would have the opportunity to participate in the live telecast. Two parties, two networks, two hosts – it’s going to be a heck of a night – on two continents!”

As previously announced, Billy Crystal will receive the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala, and Halle Berry will be presented with the SeeHer Award.

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