Hollywood Awards Shows and Events Canceled Amid Omicron Surge

Hollywood Awards Shows and Events Canceled Amid Omicron Surge

As Hollywood heads into the peak of Academy Awards season, live events are in limbo amid a worldwide surge of COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant.

The AFI Awards, the BAFTA Tea Party and the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala were among the first in-person events canceled as the industry grapples with yet another grim stretch of the ongoing pandemic. The Hollywood Critics Association and Critics Choice Awards soon followed, each deciding to postpone their events (the 5th Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony until Feb. 28), citing the rising number of positive cases linked to omicron. The 12th annual Academy Governors Awards, which was set for Jan. 15, has also been postponed, while Fox became the first network to cancel their planned New Year’s Eve show.

The Sundance Film Festival, an annual staple in Park City, Utah, has shifted to online only, with the variant surge expected to peak during the festival’s run from Jan. 20 through Jan. 30. The Slamdance Film Festival has also decided to forgo the in-person portion of its hybrid event in Park City, which was scheduled to run Jan. 20 to 23, and continue with the virtual portion of the program only, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6. The new start date, a week later than planned, gives the festival time to shift to the online format.

The Grammy Awards, originally slated for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, have been postponed to a date still to be determined. And a handful of January Hollywood premieres — including for the latest movie in the Scream franchise, Hulu’s upcoming How I Met Your Father series and the HBO Max Peacemaker series — have canceled in-person red carpet events.

Live theatrical productions, including those in London’s West End, New York City’s Broadway district and throughout L.A., have been hit particularly hard with shows going dark. Several Broadway productions canceled performances during Christmas week, with Jagged Little Pill and off-Broadway’s Is There Still Sex in the City? closing their curtains for good. Eddie Redmayne’s Cabaret revival in London took a temporary break, with performances having resumed in late December.

Below is a list of events that have been impacted by COVID-19. The list will be updated as the situation evolves.

NATPE Miami


Scheduled dates: Jan. 18-20


Status: Canceled

ACE Eddie Awards


Scheduled date: March 5


Status: Switched to 50 percent capacity in-person event

BroadwayCon


Scheduled to run: February 18-20, 2022


Status: Postponed to July 8-10, 2022

IDA Documentary Awards


Scheduled date: Feb. 5


Status: Shifted from in-person to virtual event on March 4, voting period to determine winners extended as well

Grammy Awards Ceremony


Scheduled date: Jan. 31


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Rotterdam Film Festival


Scheduled date: Jan. 26


Status: Shifting from in-person to online

Sundance Film Festival


Scheduled dates: Jan. 20-30


Status: Switched from in-person to online only

Slamdance Film Festival


Scheduled date: Jan. 20


Status: In-person portion canceled; online to begin Jan. 27 and run to Feb. 6

Governors Awards Ceremony


Scheduled date: Jan. 15


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Cinema Eye Honors


Scheduled date: Jan. 13


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Under the Radar Festival at New York City’s The Public Theater


Scheduled to run: Jan. 12 through Jan. 30


Status: Canceled (Dec. 31)

Skeleton Crew

Scheduled to run: Jan. 12 with no plans to close


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Hulu’s How I Met Your Father L.A. Premiere


Scheduled date: Jan. 12


Status: Canceled

Paramount Pictures’ Scream L.A. Premiere


Scheduled: Jan. 11


Status: Canceled

National Board of Review Gala in New York City


Scheduled date: Jan. 11


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ceremony


Scheduled date: Jan. 10


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Critics Choice Awards


Scheduled date: Jan. 9


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

BAFTA Tea Party


Scheduled date: Jan. 8


Status: Canceled

HCA Film Awards Ceremony


Scheduled date: Jan. 8


Status: Postponed for Feb. 28

Peacemaker premiere in L.A.


Scheduled date: Jan. 8


Status: Canceled

AFI Awards


Scheduled date: Jan. 7


Status: Postponed, plans TBD

Palm Springs International Film Festival and Awards Gala


Scheduled date: Jan. 7 through Jan. 17; Jan. 6


Status: Canceled

Dune Home Entertainment Release Party in L.A.


Scheduled date: Jan. 4


Status: Canceled

The Book of Boba Fett Special Screening at L.A.’s El Capitan Theatre


Scheduled date: Jan. 4


Status: Canceled

Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022

Scheduled date: Dec. 31


Status: Canceled

Is There Still Sex in the City?


Scheduled to run: Dec. 7, 2021 through Feb. 6, 2022


Status: Closed early (Dec. 22)

Mrs. Doubtfire

Scheduled to run: Dec. 5, 2021 with no plans to close


Status: Postponed, plans to reopen March 15

A Christmas Carol at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre


Scheduled to run: Dec. 1, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022


Status: Closed early (Dec. 15)

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Scheduled to run: Nov. 2, 2021 through Jan. 2, 2022


Status: Closed early (Dec. 16)

Jagged Little Pill


Scheduled to run: Oct. 21, 2021 with no plans to close


Status: Closed early (Dec. 17)

Ain’t Too Proud


Scheduled to run: Oct. 16, 2021 with no plans to close


Status: Closed early (Jan. 16)

Thoughts of a Colored Man


Scheduled to run: Oct. 13, 2021 through March 13, 2022


Status: Closed early (Dec. 22)

Waitress


Scheduled to run: Sept. 2, 2021 through Jan. 9, 2022


Status: Closed early (Dec. 20)

This story was first published at 8:32 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2021.

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