Critics Choice, PGA and AFI Awards, all Rescheduled for March Amid Omicron Surge

Critics Choice, PGA and AFI Awards, all Rescheduled for March Amid Omicron Surge

After the two COVID-hit years with delays and postponements of worldwide events, things finally started to come back to normal in late 2021, but the novel Omicron variant has welcomed 2022 in the worst possible way.

It’s no surprise that the awards season calendar is once again juggling. After prevalent revocations amid a surge in the Omicron positivity ratio, a hatful of events got temporarily pulled from the calendar, as the management and organizers waited for the latest COVID-19 wave to settle down. Now, a slew of those events is appearing back on the calendar for March.

The Producers Guild of America announced on Thursday that its 33rd edition of annual awards would be changing places on the calendar from February 26 to March 19. The official Twitter account of PGA also confirmed the news:

It was the second organization to postpone their scheduled event following the Critics Choice Association, which officially rescheduled the 27th Critics Choice Awards show until March 13 that was initially planned to go through on January 9.

Both award shows will be held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles.

The latest entity to confirm the new date of its planned event is the American Film Institute as the organization has moved its previously set date of January 07 to March 11 for its AFI Awards ceremony. The event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Want to see which stars and films won at the 79th annual Gloden Globe that took place on 9th January 2022 before the AFI? See every winner in the Gloden Globe 2022 which is still handed out awards to watch this year.

Notably, the rescheduling of Critics Choice Awards has put the annual award show in direct competition with the BAFTA Awards, another major and renowned award show. However, the Critics Choice Association wasn’t left with many options. The organizers wanted to be sure about a safe window but eventually found themselves stranded in a crowded schedule that includes the NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl LVI, and the SAG Awards, all of which will be happening in consecutive weeks. Instead of competing with either of the colossal sports events or the SAGs, the association reached an agreement with the BAFTA.

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Joey Berlin, the CEO of the Critics Choice Association, shared his statement regarding the delay, “Following the science and tracking the course of the omicron variant, we believe that March 13th will be the right day to properly honor the finest achievements in film and television during the past year.” He further added, “We could have proceeded with our original date with limited attendance or switched to a virtual award show like we did last year, but we decided 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.”

Taye Diggs and comedian Nicole Byer will host the 27th edition of Critics Choice Awards at an in-person ceremony at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. The event will be LIVE telecasted on CW and TBS at 07 P.M. ET.

The PGA stated that it was “working closely with government officials and health experts to implement strict COVID-19 safety protocols to help protect the health and safety of all staff and attendees.” For all the attending guests of the PGA Awards, they must produce proof of vaccination and booster and also a recent negative report of the COVID-19 test. And as we know that The “Morning Show” star is the latest celebrity to get a positive diagnosis with COVID-19 after the Christmas season. However, many other celebrities like Wendy Williams turned Covid positive earlier in 2021, so things are heating up again in 2022.

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