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HCA Members Will No Longer Maintain Membership in Critics Choice Association, New Policy States

Members of the Hollywood Creative Alliance (formerly the Hollywood Critics Association) can no longer maintain their membership in the Critics Choice Association, according to a new policy.

The CCA shared a message with its members Wednesday night about the policy, stating that those who are currently a member of both organizations must confirm that they have “successfully resigned from HCA” if they “wish to remain a CCA member.”

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“The reason CCA has taken this action is that we have evidence that a representative of the HCA has improperly suggested to at least one studio (and we suspect more) that it could influence Critics Choice Awards voting in a way that led that studio to reach out to CCA and request that action be taken to protect the integrity of our awards,” the message reads. “Of course, that HCA threat was empty, but CCA cannot ignore this.”

The 2024 Critics Choice Awards was held Sunday night, with Chelsea Handler hosting the ceremony. “Oppenheimer” led with eights wins, including best picture and director (Christopher Nolan), while “Barbie” followed with six. On the television side, “The Bear,” “Succession” and “Beef” were the top winners of the evening.

Read the full note:

Dear Critics Choice Association member,

We’re sending this email to inform you that the Critics Choice Association has instituted a new policy prohibiting members of the Hollywood Creative Alliance (formerly the Hollywood Critics Association, formerly the LA Online Film Critics Society) from maintaining membership in the Critics Choice Association.  If you are currently a member of HCA and CCA, please let us know if you wish to remain a CCA member. This will require confirmation from you that you have successfully resigned from HCA and are no longer on the membership list as posted on its website.

The reason CCA has taken this action is that we have evidence that a representative of the HCA has improperly suggested to at least one studio (and we suspect more) that it could influence Critics Choice Awards voting in a way that led that studio to reach out to CCA and request that action be taken to protect the integrity of our awards. Of course, that HCA threat was empty, but CCA cannot ignore this.  In light of HCA’s admitted voting irregularities in the recent past and evidence that we have that its awards voting can be influenced improperly, we are taking this action to protect our organization and to reassure everyone that supports our awards programs.

Please let [a specific CCA employee] know when/if your HCA membership has been successfully ended.

THE BOARD

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