Critics Choice Awards live gala event on TBS, CW reset for March 13

Critics Choice Awards 2020
Phoebe Waller-Bridge accepts the Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Fleabag' from Michael Sheen at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards. (Image credit: Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)

The Critics Choice Awards is officially back on the calendar, as the annual awards show has announced it will hold its live gala event (red carpet and all) on Sunday, March 13, airing on TBS and The CW at 7 p.m. ET. Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer are set to host the ceremony. This comes after the Critics Choice Awards were forced to postpone their original Jan. 9 date because of the omicron variant.

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In a statement from Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin, as reported by The Wrap, he said that the show could have gone forward with limited attendance or a virtual presentation, “but we decide to wait until we could safely gather in person and truly celebrate with the creative community, industry leaders and our CCA members all together in one beautiful setting for all the world to see.” After the last couple of years of virtual or muted awards ceremonies, it certainly will be more fun to see the stars of 2021’s biggest movies and TV shows strutting their stuff on the red carpet in their Sunday best.

As for who viewers might be seeing, nominees for this year’s Critics Choice Awards include Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Will Smith (King Richard), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Andrew Garfield (Tick, tick … Boom!), Kristen Stewart (Spencer), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Nicolas Cage (Pig), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Jeremy Strong (Succession), MJ Rodriguez (Pose), Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso), Sandra Oh (The Chair), Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building) and plenty more. 

As far as the projects themselves, Belfast and West Side Story are tied for the most nominations among movies with 11 each, though Dune and The Power of the Dog are directly behind with 10. On the TV side, Succession leads the pack with eight total nominations. Here are the full lists of Critics Choice Award nominees for TV and movies.

The move to March will make it a busy month for awards shows. In fact, March 13 will be particularly packed as in addition to the Critics Choice Awards that will also be the day for the BAFTAs in the U.K. Then two weeks later it will be time for the Oscars.

The 2022 Critics Choice Awards will air at 7 p.m. ET on TBS and The CW on Sunday, March 13.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.