Concern for the Omicron variant has been on the rise as well as cases of the variant rising in New York and California, so events across the board are canceling or postponing.
At first, the Critics Choice Awards were still going to happen as planned, but as Omicron cases continued to rise, concerns also arose.
Now, the Critics Choice Association is changing their tune and has decided it would be in their best interest to postpone at this critical time with a new variant.
The Critics Choice Association announced Wednesday that their in-person awards night had been rescheduled due to mounting worries about COVID-19 and its new variant Omicron.
The Critics Choice Association said in a statement:
“After thoughtful consideration and candid conversations with our partners at The CW and TBS, we have collectively come to the conclusion that the prudent and responsible decision at this point is to postpone the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, originally slated for January 9, 2022. We are in regular communication with LA County Public Health officials, and we are currently working diligently to find a new date during the upcoming awards season in which to host our annual gala in-person with everyone’s safety and health remaining our top priority. We will be sharing additional details with our friends and colleagues throughout the entertainment industry as soon as we can.”
The hosts, Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer, were due to unveil the winners on Sunday, January 9. The ceremony will still be televised live in-person on The CW and TBS at a later time. The date is to be determined.