Hollywood Critics Association

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Hollywood Critics Association
Hollywood Critics Association Logo.jpg
Formation2016
FounderScott Menzel
Scott Mantz
Ashley Menzel
PurposeFilm Critics
Location
Chairman
Scott Menzel
Websitewww.hollywoodcriticsassociation.com
Formerly called
Los Angeles Online Fllm Critics Society

The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) (formerly the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society) is a film critic organization founded in 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

History

It was founded in 2016 by Scott Menzel, Scott Mantz, and Ashley Menzel, who noted that Los Angeles only had one film critic organization,[1] and sought a critics group that is diverse and supports underrepresented voices.[1]

It originally separated 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]

On January 10, 2018, the group held its first annual HCA Film Awards.

On August 22, 2021, the HCA held its inaugural Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards in Los Angeles. Ashley Menzel said: “Over these past fourteen months, many of us have been watching more television than ever before. This is why we are absolutely delighted that our first in-person event for 2021 will begin with a brand-new event paying tribute to the best of television.”[4]

The HCA has 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".[5]

Organization

The board of directors and officers of the organization, as of 2022, are:

  • Scott Menzel, Chairman
  • Ashley Menzel, COO
  • Lauren Huff, President
  • Nestor Bentancor, Vice President
  • Morgan Rojas, Secretary
  • Dan Murrell, Public Information Officer

Fund-raising

To collect funds for Covid-19 recovery initiatives, the Hollywood Critics Association organized a Film & Television Triviathon in 2020.[6]

Film Award categories

Each December, the association releases the nominations for the HCA Film Awards, which are hosted in January of the following year.[3]

Current Categories

  • Best Picture (since 2017)
  • Best Actor (since 2017)
  • Best Actress (since 2017)
  • Best Supporting Actor (since 2017)
  • Best Supporting Actress (since 2017)
  • Best Animated or VFX Performance (since 2017)
  • Best Original Screenplay (since 2017)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (since 2017)
  • Best Action Film (since 2017)
  • Best Animated Film (since 2017)
  • Best Comedy or Musical (since 2017)
  • Best Documentary (since 2017)
  • Best Indie Film (since 2017)
  • Best Foreign Film (since 2017)
  • Best First Feature (since 2017)
  • Best Score (since 2017)
  • Best Cinematography (since 2017)
  • Best Editing (since 2017)
  • Best Stunts (since 2017)
  • Best Visual Effects (since 2017)
  • Best Ensemble Cast (since 2018)
  • Best Original Song (since 2018)
  • Best Horror (since 2019)
  • Best Costume Design (since 2019)
  • Best Hair & Makeup (since 2019)
  • Best Short Film (since 2020)
  • Best Production Design (since 2020)
  • Best Director (since 2021)

Discontinued Categories

  • Best Blockbuster (2017 to 2019)
  • Best Female Director (2017 to 2020)
  • Best Male Director (2017 to 2020)
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror (2017 to 2018)

Honorary Awards

  • Trailblazer Award (since 2017)
  • Newcomer Award (since 2018)
  • Acting Achievement Award (since 2018)
  • Filmmaking Achievement Award (since 2019)
  • Artisans Achievement Award (since 2019)
  • Game Changer Award (since 2019)
  • Star on the Rise (since 2019)
  • Filmmaker on the Rise (since 2019)
  • Inspire Award (since 2019)
  • Spotlight Award (since 2019)
  • Timeless Award (since 2020)

End of a Decade Awards

  • Filmmaker of the Decade Award (2019 only)
  • Actress of the Decade Award (2019 only)
  • Actor of the Decade Award (2019 only)
  • Producer of the Decade Award (2019 only)
  • Next Generation Award (2019 only)

Midseason Award categories

Halfway through the year, the association releases the nominations for the HCA Midseason Film Awards, which honor films that come out in the first half of the respected year. The nominations are announced the last week of June, and winners are announced the first week of July.

Current Categories

  • Best Picture (since 2018)
  • Best Actor (since 2018)
  • Best Actress (since 2018)
  • Best Supporting Actor (since 2018)
  • Best Supporting Actress (since 2018)
  • Best Screenplay (since 2018)
  • Best Indie Film (since 2019)
  • Most Anticipated Film (since 2021)
  • Best Director (since 2022)
  • Best Horror (since 2022)

Discontinued Categories

  • Best Female Director (2018 to 2020)
  • Best Male Director (2018 to 2020)
  • Best Filmmaker (2021 only)

TV Award categories

The Hollywood Critics Association announced that they were launching the HCA TV Awards on March 24, 2021.[7] The inaugural TV awards ceremony took place on August 22, 2021.[8] The following is a list of the current and discontinued categories of the television awards as of 2022.[9]

Current Categories

  • Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Broadcast Network Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Broadcast Network Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series (since 2021)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show or Comedy/Variety Special (since 2021)
  • Best Cable Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Cable Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Streaming Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series (since 2021)
  • Best Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Streaming Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2021)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2021)
  • Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Animated Series or Television Movie (since 2022)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Live-Action Television Movie (since 2022)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Reality Show or Competition Series (since 2022)
  • Best Comedy or Standup Special (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2022)
  • Best Directing in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Game Show (since 2022)
  • Best International Series (since 2022)
  • Best Short Form Animation Series (since 2022)
  • Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series (since 2022)
  • Best Short Form Documentary or Non-Fiction Series (since 2022)
  • Best Streaming Animated Series or Television Movie (since 2022)
  • Best Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Streaming Movie (since 2022)
  • Best Streaming Reality Show or Competition Series (since 2022)
  • Best Streaming Variety Sketch Series, Talk Series, or Special (since 2022)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cables Series, Comedy (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Streaming Series, Comedy (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Streaming Series, Drama (since 2022)
  • Best Writing in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series (since 2022)

Discontinued Categories

  • Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Animated Series or Animated Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series, Anthology Series or Live-Action Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Broadcast Network Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show (2021 only)
  • Best Cable or Streaming Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show (2021 only)
  • Best Streaming Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Live-Action Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Streaming Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special (2021 only)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie (2021 only)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie (2021 only)

Honorary Awards

  • Legacy Award (since 2021)
  • Virtuoso Award (since 2021)
  • Impact Award (since 2021)
  • TV Icon Award (since 2021)
  • Pop Culture Icon Award (since 2021)
  • TV Breakout Star Award (since 2021)
  • Spotlight Award (since 2021)

Award ceremonies

Film

Midseason

  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022

TV

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us". LA Online Film Critics Society. 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Carita, Rizzo (January 11, 2017). "'Shape of Water,' 'Lady Bird' Win Top Honors at L.A. Online Film Critics Society Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Achar, Alberto (December 5, 2017). "New Film Critics Group Separates Best Director Category Between Men and Women for 2017 Nominations". Indiewire. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Critics Association Announces Dates for TV Awards & Film Awards – Hollywood Critics Association". Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "LAOFCS Weekly". Popcorn Talk. December 21, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Graff, Gary (May 15, 2020). "Hollywood Critics Association hosts Trviathon fund-raiser". The Morning Sun. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Schneider, Michael (March 24, 2021). "Hollywood Critics Association Launches New TV Awards, First to Separate Streaming From Broadcast/Cable". Variety.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 8, 2021). "HCA TV Awards Nominations: 'Ted Lasso' Leads Programs For Inaugural Honors; NBC, HBO & Netflix Lead Nets". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Moye, Clarence (May 21, 2022). "HCA TV Awards Planned As 2-Night Event and Will Feature Over 60 Categories". Awards Daily.

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