The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards To Air January 12, 2012 With Hosts Rob Huebel And Paul Scheer And House Band Fitz And The Tantrums

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are back! Well, almost. The 17th annual awards ceremony will air on VH1 for the fifth year in a row on January 12, 2012, and the evening promises to be packed with entertainment. Yes, there will be A-listers and acting awards to hand out, but this show goes above and beyond your typical awards show accolades. The evening’s hosts will be comedians (and personal favorites) Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel and the house band duties go to VH1 You Oughtta Know artists Fitz And The Tantrums. For more info on this evening of entertainment, read on.


ROB HUEBEL AND PAUL SCHEER TO HOST THE 17TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS PERFORM AS HOUSE BAND

AWARD CEREMONY TO BROADCAST LIVE ON VH1 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT

(SANTA MONICA, CA – December 12, 2011) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that actor/comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer will host the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing live on VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Fitz and The Tantrums will also participate in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, taking the stage as the evening’s house band, performing between awards and commercials.

Actor/Comedian Rob Huebel can currently be seen in Alexander Payne’s critically acclaimed dramedy “The Descendants.” He stars in Adult Swim’s outrageous comedy series “Children’s Hospital,” which will soon begin its fourth season. Huebel appeared in the hit comedy “I Love You, Man” as well as the features “Despicable Me” and “The Other Guys.” He and fellow comedians Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer created the popular MTV sketch comedy series “Human Giant,” which he also wrote and starred in. Huebel was nominated for an Emmy for his work as a producer for Michael Moore’s Bravo series “The Awful Truth” and has produced for “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

Actor/Comedian Paul Scheer can currently be seen on the hit FX comedy “The League,” which is in its third season. He created and stars in the new Adult Swim police procedural “NTSF:SD:SUV::,” which is currently in production on its second season. Scheer has made many memorable appearances on shows such as “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Happy Endings,” “Party Down” and “Yo Gabba Gabba.” He has also appeared in the hit horror film “Piranha 3D,” “Year One” and “Bride Wars.” He co-created and starred in the cult MTV series “Human Giant” alongside Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari. Most recently Paul’s podcast “How Did This Get Made?” was selected as iTunes best new comedy podcast of 2011 andit was recently announced that his first comic book “Aliens vs. Parker” will be released this winter by Boom!

Fitz and The Tantrums were born in a living room studio in Los Angeles just a few short years ago.Propelled by the singles “Moneygrabber” and “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” Fitz & Co spent 2011 criss-crossing the globe, sharing their infectious songs and raucous show with audiences far and wide. They made their way to the top of VH1′s You Oughta Know ranks earlier this year and their debut album “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” earned rave reviews in a slew of national outlets including USA TODAY, SPIN and ROLLING STONE, which more recently voted them in as the “Hot Band” of their October “Hot List” issue. The soul-powered globe trot will come full circle when the band ignites a sweat-drenched dance party in front of the CCMA cameras – only to be beamed right back into America’s living rooms.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. Last year, for example, all four of the acting category winners at the Oscars – Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo – first accepted their awards in the same categories at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In all, 18 of the 20 actors nominated for Oscars were first Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees.

The 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, honoring the finest in cinematic achievement among 2011 film releases, will announce its nominees on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Once the nominees are selected, final ballots will be sent to BFCA members on January 8, 2012 with a deadline for returning final ballots on January 10, 2012. For more information about the show visit CriticsChoice.VH1.com, “Like” VH1 on Facebook, and follow @VH1 on Twitter and use the hashtag #CCMA to talk about the awards!

The 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards is executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic for Den of Thieves, Joey Berlin for Berlin Entertainment and Lee Rolontz for VH1.

About The Broadcast Film Critics Association:
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 250 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film going public. The very first opinion a moviegoer hears about new releases at the multiplex or the art house usually comes from one of its members.

About Den of Thieves:
Founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, Den of Thieves has quickly emerged as a force for ambitious event shows and uniquely stylized reality television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, Ignjatovic and Prager launched Den of Thieves as the TV arm of the Warner Music Group in 2007. After a successful three year partnership there, they branched out and are now fully independent. With an array of formats ranging from Comedy Central’s stand-up special “Russell Brand in NYC” to VH1′s “The T.O. Show” to the MTV Video Music Awards, Den of Thieves continues to create, develop and produce original television.

About VH1:
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

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