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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.


Scheduled dates: Jan. 18-20

Status: Canceled

ACE Eddie Awards

Scheduled date: March 5

Status: Switched to 50 percent capacity in-person event


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)


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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