Soon after the People’s Choice Awards, the 2012 award season will continue with the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing on January 12 and the Golden Globe Awards presented on January 15.

Both the Critics’ Choice and the Golden Globes mean to honor the best cinematographic achievements of the year. The former are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the latter by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).  The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 250 television, radio and online critics. The HFPA is composed of 90 journalists, representing at least 55 countries, who cover the United States film industry for a variety of newspapers and magazines in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

Now in its 17th year, the Critics’ Choice Awards have developed a reputation for predicting the movies that will later win the most prestigious of the awards: the Oscars. On the other hand, the Golden Globes, this year celebrating its 69th show, is regarded for choosing the winners on account of artistry and technique, without giving much consideration to popular opinion.

Much about the Golden Globes has been said in the news during the past few months, first due to a dispute between the HFPA and Dick Clark productions. The HFPA sued the production company in November of 2010 after the latter negotiated an extension with NBC to broadcast the show until 2018. The HFPA accused Dick Clark productions of overstepping its authority and not allowing them the option of alternative broadcast. The lawsuit still stands and it could be in court even as the Golden Globes air this month.

rickygervais Awards Season Is Here: What The Golden Globes and Critics Choice Have In Store

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The Golden Globes also made a bit of noise when Ricky Gervais was announced as the host of this year’s show. Gervais was not expected to return as host since his appearance last year, when his jokes upset a few actors and executives. The HFPA even accepted that Gervais “pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far.” However, Gervais’ shenanigans raised NBC’s ratings to nearly 17 million viewers and that is, not surprisingly, a big decision maker. There will be two definite reasons to watch the Golden Globes this year: to find out who was the Best in Cinema and to see who the butt of the host’s jokes becomes.

The Critic’s Choice Movie Award winners will be revealed on VH1 at 9 p.m. PST/EST on January 12.

The Golden Globe Awards winners will be announced January 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC coast-to-coast at 5-8 p.m. PT and 8-11 p.m. EST.

The Critic’s Choice Movie Awards
Broadcast by VH1
Thursday, January 12, 2012
9 p.m. PST/EST

The Golden Globe Awards
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251
Broadcast by NBC
Sunday, January 15, 2012
5-8 p.m. PST / 8-11 p.m. EST

Dena Burroughs lives in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. She is also the LA Arts Examiner.


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