London Critics’ Circle moves film awards

January slot designed to attract celebs

LONDON — The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards has moved its date from mid-February to January.

The 32nd edition of the ceremony will be held Jan. 19 at London’s BFI Southbank.

Jason Solomons, chairman of the Critics’ Circle Film Section, will host the ceremony.

The change in dates takes the ceremony out of the crowded awards month of February — when the BAFTAs and Academy Awards unspool — and into a window that is more likely to attract star talent.

“This date shift will further underline the distinctive choices of winners and nominees that make the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards stand out from the crowd, highlighting certain films, performances and achievements that may be overlooked by other awards events,” said Solomons in a statement.

Since its first edition in 1980, the Critics’ Circle Film Awards have attracted a raft of talent, including Quentin Tarantino, Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey.

The forthcoming edition will again be held in aid of the Critics’ Circle charity partner, the BFI National Archive, to help with the preservation and restoration of British pics, including nine silent features from Alfred Hitchcock.

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