Why the Hollywood Critics Association was started...

Hollywood is known as the “Movie Capital of the World” and criticism is a big part of the industry.

Before the inception of the Hollywood Critics Association, there was only one critics group that represented the LA area. Major cities including San Francisco, New York, and Austin had established online critics groups but, strangely, this type of group was missing in Los Angeles. This discovery prompted the launch of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society in 2016.

The primary goal of the Hollywood Critics Association is to bring together a passionate group of critics to represent the voices of a new era in Hollywood.  Our focus has always been to connect a diverse group of critics who capture the viewpoints of all backgrounds, not only in Hollywood but across the United States and abroad.

Diversity is incredibly important in film criticism and the HCA wants to make sure that all voices are represented within our group. In addition, we wanted to embrace critics who found new ways to criticize film whether that be through vlogs, webcasts, podcasts, or social media. New media is here to stay and so is the HCA.

One of the ways in which the Hollywood Critics Association stands out is by actively creating a year-round presence. Most critic organizations focus on the end of each year as a way to help determine which films will ultimately be deemed award worthy. The HCA openly discusses film throughout the entire year and not only during award season. The HCA annual awards ceremony, held every January, is fast becoming a favorite of nominees and winners alike, as it is a very intimate and special evening.

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