FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
Oklahoma City University alumna Kristin Chenoweth will host the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, opening with a musical number. The event will be broadcast live by VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. Central.
"In the past it's been very by-the-book," Chenoweth told reporters during rehearsals. "It's not going to be that way at all. It's going to be very fun."
She plans an opening number that "really sets the tone to people to say, 'Look. This is not going to be serious."'
The 235 members of the BFCA, the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, represent television, radio and online critics. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are a predictor of the Academy Award nominations. For this year’s Critics’ Choice awards, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Nine” each received 10 nominations, followed by James Cameron’s “Avatar” with nine.
The Tony- and Emmy-winning Chenoweth will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of the musical "Promises, Promises," based on the Oscar-winning 1960 film "The Apartment." Previews are scheduled to begin March 28, with an opening set for April 25 at the Broadway Theatre.
Chenoweth, who studied voice at Oklahoma City University with Professor Florence Birdwell, earned her bachelor’s of music in vocal performance in 1991 and her master’s of music in 1993.
In 2009, her autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked," made the New York Times' bestseller list. ?
She earned a Tony Award in 1999 for originating the role of Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and a Tony nomination for “Wicked” in 2004. She has three solo recordings from Sony: "Let Yourself Go," "As I Am" and "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas."