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The Critics Choice Super Awards: Finally, An Awards Show for the Spookier, Geekier Side

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Nominations for the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards have been announced. And we’re thrilled to see our favorite genres finally getting the critical acclaim they deserve.

The Critics Choice Awards has historically focused on both film and television accolades. But it’s created spinoffs for more niche areas of entertainment in recent years, like documentaries and reality television.

And now, geekdom finally gets its turn.

The Super Awards will focus on Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action and Animation films and series. The show will air on January 10, 2021, hosted by Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez.

It Was About Time

CCA CEO Joey Berlin says it was high time to give these often-ignored popular genres their own awards show.

“The basic philosophy of our organization since day one is that there is great work in every genre,” he told Deadline. “There’s great horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good historical dramas and bad historical dramas. These categories that get most of the viewership and most of the box office dollars, there is a lot of good stuff in there that doesn’t get its chance to shine in the awards season. Once in a while you have a Black Panther, but let’s face it that’s pretty rare.”

“We have given out Best Horror movie and action movie and animated series and those things, and they often didn’t get on the air,” he continued. “Just like we broke out the Documentary awards into their own event, and we broke out the Reality Television for the same reasons because there is good stuff that doesn’t get to shine on its own at the Critics Choice Awards. I think it makes a lot of sense, and I think it is going to be really entertaining.  I think it can really grow into its own annual event,” he said.

The Fall of the Theatrical Release

The launch of the awards show is not without its disappointments, though. With the coronavirus pandemic pushing so many premieres into next year, the nominee list is missing some huge titles. Namely from DC and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Perhaps the most notable omission is Wonder Woman 1984. After numerous delays, the highly-anticipated film is now slated for a Christmas Day release, too late to have received a nomination.

Berlin also acknowledged this strange time of VOD rather than theatrical releases, which prompted the show to only differentiate between movies and series, and not break the film category down into theatrical vs. streaming releases.

“With the way this business has evolved, with all the streamers and other new entities, all our categories are listed as either Movies or Series. They are not theatrical or TV because right now the lines are so muddy. Movies could be premiering on streaming or VOD or have been in theatres, certainly this year,” he says.

The Nominees

With or without some of the most anticipated releases, there are plenty of amazing titles represented at the Super Awards. And it’s refreshing to see some smaller properties and independent productions getting their due.

HBO Max’s Lovecraft Country leads the nominations on the TV front with six nominations, including best horror series. Michael K. Williams and Wunmi Mosaku were nominated for best actor and actress in a horror series, respectively. And Abbey Lee picked up a best villain in a series nomination.

Amazon’s The Boys trails nabbed five nominations including best superhero series. Antony Starr picked up best actor in a superhero series and best villain in a series. Karl Urban got a best actor in a superhero series nom. And Aya Cash was nominated for best actress in a superhero series.

The Star Trek franchise will receive the Legacy Award during the show. Star Trek: The Next Generation legend Sir Patrick Stewart, and Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green will accept the award, given in honor of the franchise’s 55th anniversary.

Hulu’s Palm Springs leads the film categories with five nominations, including for stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons, as well as Best Science Fiction/Fantasy movie. 

Other film nominations include Birds Of PreyFreakyOnwardSonic The HedgehogThe HuntThe Old Guard, and The Willoughbys.

Netflix leads all distributors with 35 nominations.  

The Critics Choice Super Awards will air on January 10, 2021 at 8 pm EST on the CW.