Critics Choice Association

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Critics Choice Association
Formation1995; 29 years ago (1995)
637 (September 2023)[1]
Joey Berlin
Board of Directors
  • John De Simio
  • Jim Ferguson
  • Mark Ramsey
  • Sara Voorhees
AffiliationsBroadcast Television Journalists Association (since 2011)
Formerly called
Broadcast Film Critics Association

The Critics Choice Association (CCA), formerly the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is an association of television, radio and online critics. Their membership includes critics who review film and television. Founded in 1995, it is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada.[2] The organization has presented the Critics' Choice Awards, aim to recognize movies (with the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Critics' Choice Super Awards), television programs (with the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards, the Critics' Choice Super Awards and the Critics' Choice Television Awards) and documentaries (with the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards) each year since 1995.

The association also selects a Film of the Month and recommends other films throughout the year, based on the cumulative grades each film receives in the monthly balloting. Since 2018 the association organized the Celebration of Cinema and Television, a serie of three awards ceremonies to honor African Americans, Latino, Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in film and television industries.


The association was founded by Joey Berlin and Rod Lurie in 1995[3] as the Broadcast Film Critics Association.[4] It had 44 members at the time of its inaugural awards ceremony,[5] which has since grown to 500.[2] In 2019, it merged with the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.[4] The association originally aired the film awards and television awards separately, but these events were combined into a single three-hour event in 2016.[6] The association inaugurated the Critics' Choice Super Awards in 2021,[7] and awarded its first Social Impact Award to Tommie Smith.[8]

When the Golden Globe Awards went on hiatus in 2022, the Critics' Choice Awards took its January 9 airdate.[3] Beginning on November 4, 2022, the Critics' Choice Award has held the Celebration of Asian Pacific Cinema and Television.[9]

The Critics' Choice Awards have a reputation for predicting or influencing the results of the Academy Awards.[10][11] According to the Hollywood Reporter, the winners of the Critics' Choice Awards mirrored the results of the Oscars 73% of the time, and were particularly close in categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. The Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress and Academy Award for Best Actress went to the same person every year between 2010 and 2021.[12]


BFCA members are professional entertainment journalists and "working critics whose reviews are broadcast on a regular basis to a wide audience, either on television, on radio, or (in special cases) on the internet." More specific requirements must be met by radio- and internet-based critics:[13]

  • Radio film critics "must be heard in at least five markets in addition to their primary radio station, unless their primary outlet is in a major city" such as New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, and Toronto
  • Internet-based critics must be "well-known print critics as well, or among the few internet critics whose reviews are read by a large enough audience", are "easily accessible on their site," and "identified as the site's primary critic."

Charity work[edit]

A portion of the proceeds from the best tables at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards is donated to charities such as the Starlight Children's Foundation and Heifer International.[14]

Broadcast Television Journalists Association[edit]

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) launched in 2011 as an offshoot of the BFCA. The BTJA presented its first awards at a ceremony luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in June 2011. Cat Deeley hosted the event.[15] On November 17, 2017, the BJTA Executive Committee announced the appointment of Ed Martin, a member of the BJTA since 1990, as its new president, succeeding founder Joey Berlin.[16] Martin also serves as the editor and chief television and content critic of MediaVillage.[17]

Awards ceremonies[edit]


  1. ^ "Critics Choice Association Members". Critics Choice Association. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  2. ^ a b About the Critics from the Broadcast Film Critics Association website
  3. ^ a b "He wants to replace the Golden Globes, but critics group leader faces scrutiny". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Zuckerman, Esther (September 3, 2021). "Everything You'd Ever Need to Know About the Critics' Choice Awards".
  5. ^ Howard, Courtney (December 8, 2022). "The Critics' Choice Awards Continues to Grow, Promises Magical Moments". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  6. ^ Blair, Iain (January 15, 2016). "Critics Choice Awards Turn 21 With Combined Kudos for Film, TV". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  7. ^ "What Went Down At The First Ever Critics Choice Super Awards". Grazia USA. January 11, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 3, 2021). "Critics Choice Association Honors Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Zendaya, John David Washington, Tessa Thompson & More For The 3rd Annual Celebration Of Black Cinema". Deadline. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  9. ^ Sun, Rebecca (September 29, 2022). "Critics Choice Association Unveils Honorees for Inaugural Celebration of Asian Pacific Cinema and Television". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  10. ^ Feinberg, Scott (January 16, 2023). "Critics Choice Awards Analysis: Five Key Takeaways". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  11. ^ Jones, Marcus (January 16, 2023). "As Oscar Voting Wraps Up, the 2023 Critics Choice Awards Provided a Key Boost for Some Contenders". IndieWire. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  12. ^ O'Connell, Mikey (March 5, 2021). "How Often Do Oscar Voters Agree With the Critics Choice Awards Picks?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  13. ^ "BFCA/BTJA – Application for Membership". Archived from the original on February 16, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Blair, Iain (January 12, 2012). "Org observes Haitian earthquake anniversary". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 'The best tables (at our show) always come at a premium price where the extra money goes to the charities,' reports BFCA prexy Joey Berlin.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2010). "Critics' Choice Television Awards Land TV, Online Distribution, Tap Host". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 14, 2017). "Broadcast Television Journalists Association Appoints Ed Martin New President". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 14, 2017). "Broadcast Television Journalists Association Appoints Ed Martin New President". Deadline. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2023.

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