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Critics Choice Awards out to replace Golden Globes

Taye Diggs hosted the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards in March.
Taye Diggs hosted the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards in March.Getty Images/Getty Images for the Critics Choice Association

NBC canceled the Golden Globes’ 2022 broadcast when news emerged that it has no Black members, not to mention no legitimacy. The absurdity of the entire 90ish-person organization, which is famous for transactional relationships with studios among other yucky things, has been well-documented. When the Globes nominate a star or a popular performer, it’s because they want to strengthen the telecast, which is their primary reason for existing, and not because of merit.    Now the Critics Choice Awards, which air on the CW, are having some ideas. The organization, established in 2019 (as a merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association), is made up of more than 400 members of the Critics Choice Association. It has announced that the date of the 2022 awards telecast will be Jan. 9, which just happens to be the very date of the canceled Globes telecast.

According to Vanity Fair, the CCAs aren’t trying to hide their move on the GGs. “It’s one thing to replace the Globes, but we want to be bigger and better,” Critics’ Choice Awards CEO Joey Berlin told VF. “Better is really important.”

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I’m hoping the power play works. Better to have critics who are seeing all the work, and who are seeking quality, and who are trained not to trade votes for freebies, setting the table for the Oscars. Airing on the CW is a hurdle, of course. Vanity Fair says that The CW is talking to potential network partners to expand the show’s audience.


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.