Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) announces key 2023 awards dates, splits creative arts into separate event
The Hollywood Critics Association has announced today that their inaugural HCA Creative Arts Awards will occur on Friday, February 17, 2023. Nominations are set to be revealed on the official HCA YouTube Channel and HCA App on December 8, 2022, beginning at 8am PT/11am ET.
“We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Creative Arts Awards, an event dedicated to celebrating those behind the scenes who don’t often get the level of recognition they deserve,” states HCA President Nikki Fowler. “We will be honoring creatives in casting, production, editing, and costume design, as well as two honorees with the Artisan Achievement Award and Artisan on the Rise Award, which were previously part of the HCA Film Awards. Since its inception, the HCA has made history as the most diverse group of critics in the country. The same empowering inclusivity present at our past award shows will resonate at this new exciting event alongside our talented group of critics who understand the power of their voices. HCA continues to celebrate true representation by honoring the most exceptional individuals that make up the film industry.”
Nominations voting for the creative arts awards by HCA Members will begin on November 29 with nominations to be revealed on the HCA’s Official YouTube Channel and HCA App on December 8, 2022, beginning at 8 am PT/11 am ET.
2022 HCA Film Awards winners in the creative categories included Dune for Best Cinematography, Original Score and Sound, and Cruella for Best Costume Design. All went on to win the Oscar.
The 2023 HCA Creative Arts Awards will feature the following 12 in-competition awards:
- Best Casting Director
- Best Cinematography
- Best Costume Design
- Best Editing
- Best Hair & Make-Up
- Best Marketing Campaign
- Best Original Song
- Best Production Design Best Score
- Best Sound
- Best Stunts
- Best Visual Effects
“After an unforgettable 2022 edition of our Film Awards, where we had the privilege of recognizing incredibly diverse artists and powerful films, the Hollywood Critics Association is eager to celebrate this year’s inspiring work and eclectic productions like never before,” adds HCA Vice President Nestor Bentancor. “The unprecedented success of the TV Awards was a resounding confirmation that
celebrating a medium in two separate events allows the recipients to shine brighter under a dedicated spotlight while providing a more focused and enjoyable experience for those being honored and the public watching at home. Our audience continues to grow exponentially, so we’re excited to continue connecting nominated directors, actors, and writers with even more movie fans!”
2022 HCA Film Awards winners included CODA for Best Picture, Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) for Best Director and Troy Kotsur (CODA) for Best Supporting Actor. All went on to win the Oscar.
Nominations voting by HCA Members for main awards will begin on December 6, with ballots closing on the 13 at 9pm PT. The HCA Film Awards nominations will be revealed on the HCA’s Official YouTube Channel and HCA App on December 15, 2022, beginning at 8 am PT/11 am ET.
Final voting for the HCA Film Awards will commence on January 19, 2023, and end on January 26, 2023. The 6th Annual HCA Film Awards will include 19 in-competition and four honorary awards. The 6th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards is to take place in Los Angeles on February 24, 2023.
A complete list of February 24th HCA Film Awards categories can be found below:
- Best Action Film
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Animated Film
- Best Cast Ensemble
- Best Comedy or Musical
- Best Director
- Best Documentary
- Best First Feature
- Best Horror Film
- Best Independent Film
- Best International Film
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best Picture
- Best Short Film
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Voice or Motion-Capture Performance
2023 HCA Film Awards Voting Timeline
November 29, 2022 – Nomination voting for creative arts awards begins
December 6, 2022 – Nomination voting for creative arts awards ends
December 6, 2022 – Nomination voting for main film awards begins
December 8, 2022 – Nominations announced for creative arts awards
December 13, 2022 – Nomination voting for main film awards ends
December 15, 2022 – Nominations for main film awards announced
January 19, 2023 – Final voting begins
January 26, 2023 – Final voting ends
February 17, 2023 – 2023 HCA Creative Arts Film Awards
February 24, 2023 – 2023 HCA Film Awards
Two months, the HCA was involved in a controversy started by a now former member on the group’s private Facebook page (full transparency, I am a current HCA member) over voting procedures as well as how and where funds and membership dues were used. In the process, nine members chose to resign from the group. While the HCA board admitted to no intentional wrongdoing, they named a new president, Glitter Magazine founder Nikki Fowler, and is in the process of establishing a new board to increase and ensure more transparency.
There is now a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the HCA website, accessible to both members and the general public. The FAQ covers topics including membership dues, awards show funding, original HCA content, studio partnerships, awards season procedures, and the non-profit status of the org. You can find it here: