The Critics Choice Association says its 27th annual award ceremony will be postponed as cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the US.

The association said it had "collectively" come to the "prudent and responsible" decision to delay the event in Los Angeles on 9 January, two days after announcing plans to press ahead in person.

It comes as other ceremonies, events and productions across California have been forced to cancel or move online due to further outbreaks of the virus.

The organisation said: "After thoughtful consideration and candid conversations with our partners at The CW and TBS, we have collectively come to the conclusion that the prudent and responsible decision at this point is to postpone the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, originally slated for January 9, 2022.

"We are in constant communication with LA County Health Officials, and we are currently working diligently to find a new date during the upcoming awards season in which to host our annual gala in-person with everyone's safety and health remaining our top priority.

"We will be sharing additional details with our friends and colleagues throughout the entertainment industry as soon as we can."

A new date for the ceremony is yet to be announced. Belfast and West Side Story tie for the most nominations - 11 - for the Critics Choice Awards.

Oscars organiser the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has also postponed its 15 January Governors Awards - when honorary Oscars are presented - due to "the uncertainties around the variants, and the impact this could have on our community".

Source: Press Association

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