There’s Tina, Amy, Ellen and now Olivia. Actress Olivia Munn just joined the small and mainly male ranks of major awards show hosts by being named the emcee of the 23rd Annual Critics Choice Awards, which will be broadcast live on the CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Jan. 11.
The awards honor the best in film and television during the past year and are selected by the members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).
Naming her as host is especially resonant in this #MeToo era, as Munn has been at the forefront in revealing her own sordid experiences of harassment in Hollywood. She was one of six women who alleged sexual misconduct against powerful producer Brett Ratner.
“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,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “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.”
Munn’s television work includes Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, History Channel’s SIX and HBO’s The Newsroom. On film, she’ll next be seen as the lead in the action-thriller Hummingbird and starring in Shane Black’s The Predator opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown.
Another femme-tastic moment is guaranteed when Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is awarded the #SeeHer honor by director Patty Jenkins, an award which recognizes women who push boundaries on altering stereotypes and enforce equal representation of women in the entertainment industry. It is sponsored by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The CW Network.
Last year’s inaugural #SeeHer honoree was Viola Davis.
The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Jan. 11 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on The CW Network.