Hollywood Critics Association

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Hollywood Critics Association
FounderScott Menzel
Scott Mantz
Ashley Menzel
PurposeFilm Critics
Scott Menzel
Formerly called
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The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA)—formerly known until 2019 as the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS)—is a film critic organization in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 2016 by Scott Menzel, Scott Mantz, and Ashley Menzel after noting Los Angeles only had one film critic organization.[1] Its purpose is to be a critics group that is diverse and supports underrepresented voices[1] and they are the first critics group to separate directing honors by gender.[2] "There has been so much conversation about the power of female filmmakers and we wanted to embrace it," said Scott Mantz.[3] They also have a film discussion podcast called "Film Critics Weekly" on the online broadcasting network, "Popcorn Talk" to further their goals of creating "a film critics group that would openly discuss film throughout the year and not just during award season".[4]


The board of directors and officers of the organization as of 2021 are:

  • Scott Menzel, Chairman
  • Ashley Menzel, COO
  • Nestor Bentancor, President
  • Jazz Tangcay, Vice President


To collect funds for Covid-19 recovery initiatives, the Hollywood Critics Association organized a Film & Television Triviathon.[5]

Award categories[edit]

Each December the society releases the nominations for the Hollywood Critics Awards which are hosted in January of the following year. The inaugural awards ceremony took place on January 10, 2018.[3]

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Performance by an Actor 23 and Under
  • Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under
  • Best Breakthrough Performance (Actor)
  • Best Breakthrough Performance (Actress)
  • Best Ensemble Cast
  • Best Female Director
  • Best Male Director
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Action Film
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Blockbuster
  • Best Comedy/Musical
  • Best Documentary
  • Best First Feature
  • Best Foreign Film
  • Best Indie Film
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Score
  • Best Stunts
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Animated or VFX Performance

Special categories[edit]

  • Trailblazer Award (since 2017)
  • Acting Achievement Award (since 2018)
  • Filmmaking Achievement Award (since 2019)
  • Artisans Achievement Award (since 2019)
  • Newcomer Award (since 2018)
  • Game Changer Award (since 2019)
  • Star on the Rise (since 2019)
  • Inspire Award (since 2019)

End of A Decade Award categories[edit]

  • Filmmaker of the Decade Award
  • Actress of the Decade Award
  • Actor of the Decade Award
  • Producer of the Decade Award
  • Next Generation Award

Award Ceremonies[edit]

  • Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards 2017
  • Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards 2018
  • Hollywood Critics Association Awards 2019
  • Hollywood Critics Association Awards 2020


  1. ^ a b "About Us". LA Online Film Critics Society. 2017. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ Carita, Rizzo (2017-01-11). "'Shape of Water,' 'Lady Bird' Win Top Honors at L.A. Online Film Critics Society Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  3. ^ a b Achar, Alberto (2017-12-05). "New Film Critics Group Separates Best Director Category Between Men and Women for 2017 Nominations". Indiewire. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  4. ^ "LAOFCS Weekly". Popcorn Talk. 2018-12-21. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  5. ^ Graff, Gary (15 May 2020). "Hollywood Critics Association hosts Trviathon fundraiser". The Morning Sun. Retrieved 1 June 2020.

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