The first thing to understand about who votes for the Critics' Choice Awards is that, as of 2011, the Critics' Choice Awards as a whole actually refers to two separate awards shows hosted on two different nights during the year: the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Critics' Choice Television Awards. Airing Thursday night on A&E are the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, the somewhat snotty big brother to the Television Awards. You see, the Television Awards didn't come along until 2011, which I guess is when the critics started to get a little experimental. Television (and its internet offshoots) are the slickest new medium, haven't you heard?
But the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are still the boss around here: they hold the esteem, the power, and the time-slot just a few weeks before the big daddy of all awards shows, the Oscars. In fact, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are known for being an excellent predictor not only for Academy Award nominations, but Academy Award winners (generally they choose the winners a little better in this humble critic's opinion). So, who's doing all this prime choosing? Why, the critics, of course: The Broadcast Film Critics Association. Here's what you need to know about the people choosing the winners for Thursday night's Movie Awards...
Nominating & Voting
Beyond the Awards
Of course, the BFCA is mainly known for the Critics' Choice Awards, and that's the purpose for which they were mostly founded, but they keep a few other irons on the fire, as well. In addition to recommending films though the year, the BFCA chooses a Film of the Month on their website. There is also a monthly ballot sent out to establish a Critics' Choice Rating for new films based on the grades from each voting critic. A quick perusal of those numbers might be helpful the next time you're going to the movies (and for your office Oscars poll).