The 2018 Critics Choice Awards air tonight on The CW channel from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/5 – 7 p.m. PT and Olivia Munn is the host. It’s the 23rd edition of the annual event that’s purpose is to honor the best in film and television over the past year. After the news of Munn’s gig was announced, Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin released the following statement about Munn’s involvement in the event, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Olivia hosting this year’s ceremony, and know that she will deliver an entertaining and sharp-witted evening to everyone in the room, and the viewers at home. Beyond her skills as an actress, Olivia’s work as an activist within the industry gives her a powerful voice, making her the perfect candidate to lead this night honoring the best and brightest in film and television.”
Tonight, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will receive the #SeeHer Award, presented by the movie’s director Patty Jenkins. A spokesperson told E! that the award is about women who “push boundaries” and that, “Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders.” The Shape of Water leads with 14 nominations this year and if you would like to watch the show, but you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch The CW online, on your phone or on another streaming device via one of the following over-the-top, cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s show for free if you’re in a select market:
In addition to director Patty Jenkins, Showbiz Junkies reports that other celebrities set to present at the Critics Choice Awards include Nick Jonas, Chris Hemsworth, Julianne Hough, Sarah Hyland, Joe Keery, Diane Kruger, Dacre Montgomery, Justina Machado, and Kumail Nanjiani. Up for Best Picture tonight are the films The Big Sick, Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Florida Project, Get Out, Lady Bird, The Post, The Shape of Waterand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
When Olivia Munn was asked by The Hollywood Reporter if she would get political in her hosting tonight’s event, she said that, “At the end of the day, if it’s entertaining, it’s entertaining — but entertaining doesn’t mean being soft. If something feels like the right joke or the right bit, then we’ll go there, but my style is not to shock … Everyone’s intention — the creators, the host, the producers, the writers — is just trying to entertain. I don’t think anyone is doing something just to shock or be malicious. Now being on the other side of this, my intention is to entertain, but not shy away from anything because it’s taboo or risque.” At the recent Golden Globes, the event had a ton of focus on all the sexual harassment and assault news coming out about Hollywood elite. Munn, herself, previously spoke out against Hollywood heavyweight Brett Ratner, accusing him of sexual misconduct and harassment.
As the awards season marches on, the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards will be offering its own opinions on the best films and television of the year. The Broadcast Film Critics Association may be playing second banana to larger awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but the CCAs have something that neither of those major awards have: a woman hosting. For those interested in catching the event, which will surely have its fair share of must-watch moments, the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony will air on The CW on Thursday, Jan. 11.
After the year that saw the rise of the #MeToo movement and a bevy of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, the CCAs are taking a different approach from the Golden Globes and the Oscars when it comes to who is running the evening. The ceremony will be hosted by Olivia Munn, known for a prolific career than has included blockbuster films like X-Men: Apocalypse, television dramas like The Newsroom, and a stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. While Munn will likely be an exceptional host (one of her early roles was hosting the daily Attack Of The Show! on the now-defunct G4 network,) this choice is also a sign that the CCA producers recognize that Hollywood needs to put its focus on listening to women and putting women forward, in every possible way.
At a time when it’s more important than ever to give women a platform to speak, the Critics’ Choice Awards is doing exactly that. Along with having Munn host the evening, the ceremony will feature Wonder Woman star Gal Godot being presented with the #SeeHer award. A spokesperson told E! News that the award recognizes women who “push boundaries [and] recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.” Gadot will be the second-ever recipient of the special CCA award, following Viola Davis in 2017.
While the CCAs will be handing out awards to the most well-regarded films and TV shows of the year, the ceremony is also a platform for the Hollywood community to present themselves to fans watching from hme. The broadcasting of Hollywood award shows gives households everywhere a direct look into the film industry. For example, during the 2018 Golden Globes’, which aired only two days before the CCAs, host Seth Meyers used the opportunity to mock the various scandals that rocked Hollywood in the past year, but also to encourage the industry to start treating women in a fair and equal manner. Meyers said in his opening monologue, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder.” While the Golden Globes set the bar for addressing Hollywood’s flaws, Olivia Munn will likely leap over it with ease, as she’s been vocal about the epidemic of sexual assault throughout the world.
In 2017, a report from The Los Angeles Times listed Olivia Munn as one of six women who had accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct. (Ratner denied all accusations through a 10-page statement from his lawyer, Marty Singer. Later, Ratner announced that he’d be “stepping away” from his Warner Brothers duties until the “issues” were “resolved.”)
Munn revealed to The Los Angeles Times in a later interview that despite the recent actions studios have taken regarding sexual misconduct in Hollywood, she is still somewhat pessimistic about the situation, long-term. She said:
Olivia Munn’s hosting gig will likely feature the same good-natured jokes as many award show hosting gigs do, but it will also likely serve as a rallying cry to demand respect for women in Hollywood and around the world.