With Covid's Omicron variant surging alongside Delta and cases skyrocketing, Hollywood is shutting down in-person events.
With the Covid tidalwave spreading so fast, the Palm Springs International Film Society has cancelled plans for its awards gala Jan. 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The gala was sold out with an expected 2,500 guests and more than 1,000 staff in the building. The BAFTA Tea part is also cancelled.
Meantime, the prestigious AFI Awards luncheon that chooses the year’s 10 best films and 10 best TV shows are honored was scheduled for Jan 7, 2022. Live theatrical stage productions have been hit very hard with shows going dark. On Broadway, Hamilton and Aladdin have canceled performances from Dec. 20 and through Dec. 26 and ticket holders will be refunded. Disney’s long-running hit Aladdin has canceled all performances from Dec. 21 through Dec. 24, those shows resume Dec. 26. Broadway's Jagged Little Pill, the Tony and Grammy-winning musical inspired by the music of Alanis Morrisette, has now closed permanently. Producers had suspended the production after positive Covid cases in the troupe but now it's closed for good at the Broadhurst Theater. Aslo cancelled, L.A.’s A Christmas Carol starring Bradley Whitford.
The Hollywood Critics Association is postponing its 5th Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony until Feb. 28 but the Critics Choice Association still says it will not cancel. Its award show is going ahead Jan 9, 2022 in Century City, California. The organization told us, the members and all that it has been in close consultations with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and will implement expensive testing protocols to ensure a safe gathering. I say with the way things are going things might be forced change to ensure safety.