The Producers Guild of America has announced today that their annual awards ceremony has been postponed amid the surge of the Omicron variant in the United States.
Initially slated to take place on February 26th, at the Fairmont Century City Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, it will now happen on March 19th, a few days after the BAFTA Awards and the Critics Choice Awards. Attendees will be required to be vaccinated (with a booster dose if they are eligible) and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before the ceremony.
The Critics Choice Awards, which delayed their ceremony indefinitely, will now host their awards show on March 13th, at the same hotel the PGA Awards will take place, and on the same day of the BAFTA Awards. Talk about an almost perfect coincidence. As an added bit of fun, March 13th is also our editor Joey Magidson’s birthday. Go figure.
In a statement, the CEO of the Critics Choice Awards Joey Berlin said that “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. We could have proceeded with our original January 9th date with limited attendance or switched to a virtual awards 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.”
There may be more postponements as the situation further develops, but all award ceremonies mentioned above are closely monitoring the situation in order to make the best possible decision for their attendees.