Critics Choice Awards: Live stream, release date, presenters and all you need to know about the 26th edition of the star-studded event

Critics Choice Awards: Live stream, release date, presenters and all you need to know about the 26th edition of the star-studded event
Taye Diggs will be hosting the Critics Choice Awards again this year (Critics Choice Awards)

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards is just around the corner and the nominations for the upcoming star-studded event have already been announced. This year’s film nominees are led by David Fincher’s ‘Mank’, which earned an impressive 12 nominations including Best Picture. Meanwhile, Lee Isaac Chung’s ‘Minari’ followed closely behind with 10 nods.

The ceremony will continue with its combined film and television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. Interestingly, the event is touted as the most accurate prediction of Academy Award nominations.


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The 26th edition of the Critics Choice Awards will be held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monia, California, and will be airing live on The CW network.

What are the Critics Choice Awards?

The Critics Choice Awards is an award show presented by the Critics Choice Association, also known as CCA, to honor the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. The members of CCA submit written ballots during a week-long nominations period, and the nominees are announced in December. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the aforementioned process started in February and the film nominees were announced on February 8, 2021. On the television side, the process started in November 2020 and the nominees were announced on January 18, 2021.


The winners are chosen by subsequent voting and are revealed at the star-studded event. 

The inaugural ceremony took place on January 22, 1996, and was simply known as Critics Choice Awards. However, in 2010, the word ‘Movie’ was added to the name, to differentiate them from the Critics Choice Television Awards. Critics Choice Awards now officially refers to both sets of awards collectively.


When and where?

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc all around the world due to which many award ceremonies have pushed back their dates back and forth, including the Academy Awards. The CCA did the same and changed the date as well.

The organization announced that the event has been scheduled for March 7, 2021, at 7 pm ET. The ceremony will follow an in-person virtual hybrid format. However, according to the CCA’s official website, “if it is not safe to celebrate in person on March 7, the Critics Choice Awards virtual ceremony will still be broadcast live on The CW on March 7.”


Who are the presenters?

The slate of presenters was recently announced by the CCA and included some of the biggest names. Celebrities like Gal Gadot, Kevin Bacon, Chris Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mads Mikkelsen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yara Shahidi, and others will be handing out awards to the winners at the star-studded ceremony.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Morgan Freeman and Gal Gadot (Getty Images)


Who all are attending?

All the nominees are reported to make an appearance during the awards show. We saw all the stars wearing their best dresses while attending this year’s Golden Globes and we can expect something similar at the Critics Choice Awards as well.

Zendaya attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)



Actor-turned-singer Taye Diggs will be returning to host the Critics Choice Awards for his third consecutive time.

Taye Diggs attends TLC's Give A Little Awards 2019 on October 2, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)


How to live stream?

The show will be airing live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monia, California, on March 7, 2021, at 7 pm ET. It will be broadcast LIVE on The CW television network. Meanwhile, there is no confirmation about the streaming of the 2021 Critics Choice Awards. We will update the story once the information is available.

Have the nominations been announced?

The nominations have already been announced and Netflix dominated it with more than 70 nominations — 46 for film and 26 for television. Movies and TV shows like ‘News of the World’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Promising Young Woman’, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, ‘Better Call Saul’, and ‘Ozark’ have garnered nominations at the event.


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