Due to the increasing number of COVID cases linked to the Omicron variant, the Hollywood Critics Association has decided to postpone its 5th Annual HCA Film Awards to Monday, February 28, 2022.
“The health and safety of our members, nominees, special award recipients and guests will always be our top priority, which is why we have decided to reschedule our ceremony to a later date,” note HCA co-founders Ashley & Scott Menzel.
The 5th annual HCA Film Awards was originally scheduled to take place at Avalon Hollywood on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Nicolas Cage, Guillermo del Toro, Jude Hill, Natalie Morales, Alice Brooks, Simu Liu, Greig Fraser, Saniyya Sidney and the cast of CODA were previously announced among the Special Prize winners who are to appear with the stars and filmmakers of the nominated films. “We would like to thank all of the studios and personal publicists for their continued support as we continue to navigate this time of uncertainty,” HCA President Nestor Bentancor added.
“These past two weeks have felt like deja vu. We were hoping for the best, but the number of cases is only increasing every day,” notes Scott Menzel. “Given the number of people traveling for the holiday season, we felt that the postponement of the HCA Film Awards was inevitable. Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing the awards to the end of February in the hopes of having an in-ceremony of the person, but only if the current situation improves.”
The Hollywood Critics Association was founded by Ashley and Scott Menzel on the idea of inclusiveness and equal representation in film and television criticism. The 4th annual HCA Film Awards virtual ceremony received over 2 billion social media impressions. The 1st Annual HCA TV Awards aired on YouTube on August 29, 2021 and was viewed by over 30,000 people. The TV Awards ceremony also received over 3 billion impressions on social media with various clips viewed by over half a million people across the world.
The 5th edition of the HCA Film Awards is set to be produced by DIGA Studios and will be streamed live on the organization’s official YouTube channel. Additional updates on the upcoming event will be announced in the weeks leading up to the new date.