Palm Springs and Lovecraft Country have the highest number of nominations at the first ever Critics Choice Super Awards.
The upcoming awards ceremony will honor both film and TV shows in the sci-fi / fantasy, superhero, action, horror and animation genres.
The Hulu movie Palm Springs is the most nominated movie with five kinks, while the HBO series Lovecraft Country leads the TV nominations with six potential awards.
Top contenders! Palm Springs and Lovecraft Country have the highest number of nominations at the first ever Critics Choice Super Awards
The first awards ceremony, which will air on The CW on January 10, 2021, will be hosted by Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez and will be produced with COVID-19 security measures.
Palm Springs wins Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Film, Best Actor in Science Fiction / Fantasy Film for Andy Samberg, Best Actress in Science Fiction / Fantasy Film for Cristin Milioti and Best Actor in Science Fiction / Fantasy Film and Best Villain in a Movie for JK Simmons.
Birds of Prey, Freaky, Onward, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Hunt, The Old Guard and The Willoughbys are among the films nominated for four awards.
Meanwhile, Lovecraft Country has won Best Horror Series, Best Actor in a Horror Series for Jonathan Majors, Best Actor in a Horror Series for Michael K. Williams, Best Villain in a Series for Abbey Lee, Best Actor in a Horror Series for Wunmi Mosaku, and Best actress in a horror series for Jurnee Smollett.
Watch out! Lovecraft Country is leading the TV nominations with six potential awards
About time! Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti both received awards for their performances in the time-pushing Hulu film
Another top TV contender is The Boys, which has received five nominations.
The most nominated this year is Hilary Swank, who is recognized with three kinks for her work in both film and television.
Hilary has been awarded Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunt, Best Villain in a Movie for The Hunt, and Best Actress in a Sci-Fi / Fantasy Series for Away.
Likewise, Maya Rudolph and Jurnee Smollett have also been honored for their work in both media.
It’s an honor: Jurnee Smollett has been recognized for her work in both film and television
Then fly! Birds of Prey has been nominated for four awards at the inaugural event
Looks good: The Vince Vaughn-led film Freaky has also gotten four kinks
Additionally, Star Trek is honored for its cultural impact and fan appeal with the Legacy Award.
Joey Berlin, CEO of the Critics Choice Association, shared his enthusiasm for honoring the ‘underrated’ genres that are ‘often overlooked’.
“What a party this is going to be!” Joey said in a press release. ‘We are so happy to be able to spotlight the brilliant work of so many artists who bring some of the most compelling and beloved films and television series to life!
Competition: The Hunt has received awards, including Best Actress in an Action Movie for Hilary Swank
Oh boy! The Amazon series The Boys has received five nominations
Have fun: The animated film The Willoughbys has scored four nominations
‘We are sure that Kevin and Dani will serve as wonderful hosts, who, as fans themselves, will bring energy and enthusiasm to the stage as we honor these genres that are so often overlooked and underappreciated.’
The show aims to shed light on the genres that are often not recognized at larger award ceremonies.
In an interview with Deadline, Berlin said that while horror and action films are honored at the Critics Choice Awards, the recognition does not make it onto the air.
Out of this world! Swank has been recognized for her work in The Hunt and Away
Live Long and Prosper: Additionally, Star Trek is honored for its cultural impact and fan appeal with the Legacy Award
‘We’ve released the best horror movie and action movie and animation series and the like, and they often didn’t come on the air. Just like we’ve broken out documentary awards into their own event, and we’ve broken out Reality television for the same reasons, because there are good things that aren’t going to shine naturally at the Critics Choice Awards. I think it makes a lot of sense, and I think it’s going to be really entertaining. I think it can really grow into its own annual event. ‘
In addition, winners will be notified in advance to hold a pre-recorded acceptance speech.
Even before the pandemic, the team had committed to making the show virtual.
‘We developed this for two years and from day one we always thought it was going to be a virtual show. We never thought it would make sense to have all these superhero players and voice talent and so forth come to an event like they do for the Critics Choice Awards. From day one, we saw it as a recorded television special, not a big party. This is not a change. It was a virtual party from day one. ‘
‘We honor these genres that are so often overlooked’: the awards show aims to shed light on the genres that are often not recognized at larger awards shows