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[12/18/08 - 07:14 AM]
VH1's 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Announces This Year's Presenters
The 2009 presenters include Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Josh Brolin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Dustin Hoffman, Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marisa Tomei, and Forest Whitaker.

[via press release from VH1]

VH1's 14th ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR'S PRESENTERS

BEST ACTRESS NOMINEE KATE BECKINSALE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS NOMINEES JOSH BROLIN AND MARISA TOMEI AND ACADEMY AWARD� WINNING ACTORS DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND FOREST WHITAKER ARE AMONG THE MANY PRESENTERS FOR THIS STAR- STUDDED SHOW

GALA AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON VH1 THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 AT 9:00 PM (ET/PT)

New York, NY � December 18, 2008 � The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today some of this year's presenters for the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 8, 2009. The 2009 presenters include Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Josh Brolin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Dustin Hoffman, Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marisa Tomei, and Forest Whitaker. The awards show will feature the rock band Rooney as this year's house band.

"We are truly honored to have such a talented and charismatic group of presenters," said BFCA president Joey Berlin. "The Critics' Choice Awards kicks off the awards season and this year's show is going to be our best ever."

The largest film critics' organization with more than 200 members in the United States and Canada on television, radio and the Internet, the BFCA selected nominees for awards in each of 17 categories. The Critics' Choice Awards were created by the BFCA to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were released in 2008. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics' Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

Counting down to the LIVE premiere of the Critics' Choice Awards, VH1 will air the "14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Red Carpet Premiere Featuring Maria Menounos" pre-show LIVE on Thursday, January 8 at 8pm (ET/PT). Covering the excitement of the celebrity arrivals on the red carpet will be "KTLA Morning News" entertainment reporter Sam Rubin and No Good TV's Carrie Keagan. Interspersed throughout the red carpet arrivals will be pre-taped interviews with NBC and Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos as she sits down and speaks with some of today's hottest stars. The pre-show will be available on http://criticschoice.vh1.com later that evening.

VH1's "Critics' Choice Awards" site http://criticschoice.vh1.com, will be home to detailed information about the awards and will provide a forum for users to comment on this year's nominees. In the weeks leading up to the premiere VH1.com is asking users to express their opinions on who they would pick to win the major categories online via user comments and opinion polls. This information will be fed to an online ticker that will run during the red carpet special and the poll results will be included in bumpers during the broadcast of the show. VH1.com will also have a live blog running during the show and post show, commenting on all the celebrities and excitement. Exclusive video footage from the event will include celebrity interviews, red carpet footage and more. Additional multiplatform plans will be announced in the coming weeks.The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards are sponsored by Walmart, AT&T and Crest Whitening Expressions.

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards is executive produced by Bob Bain for Bob Bain Productions, Joey Berlin for Berlin Entertainment and Lee Rolontz for VH1.





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