Well, not long after we published an article on John Wick: Chapter 4 being delayed due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it looks like the Critics Choice Association have decided to postpone their awards ceremony, which was supposed to take place in person on January 9th at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California.
Just yesterday, the Critics Choice Association (of which our editor Joey Magidson is a voting member) were moving forward with plans to host an event, but as the Hollywood Critics Association and the Governors Awards have been postponed due to the Omicron surge, they have since decided to postpone the event at an undetermined date.
In a statement, the Critics Choice Association said that “We are in constant communication with L.A. County 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.”
Even if rigorous safety protocols are put in place, the sheer contagiousness of the Omicron variant can spell disaster for many large in-person gatherings, potentially transforming them into superspreader events. So it is a welcomed decision for the Critics Choice Association to hold off their January ceremony, as the Omicron wave will likely reach its peak by then, and it could be safer to host events within the next few months. Expect more things to be delayed or postponed, not just in the film/TV world, but in sports and theater, within the next few weeks as Omicron’s pace takes hold of most of the world.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter