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Judd Apatow To Receive 'Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2012 at 7:44PM

Things are looking up for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony which airs live at 8:00 PM ET/PT on The CW Network Thursday, January 10. That's because the Broadcast Film Critics Association will award writer-producer-director Judd Apatow the “Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award” that night (named after a cognac) which he will be obliged to accept in person.
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Judd Apatow

Things are looking up for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony which airs live at 8:00 PM ET/PT on The CW Network Thursday, January 10. (That's the same day the Oscar nominations are announced.) That's because the Broadcast Film Critics Association will award writer-producer-director Judd Apatow the “Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award” that night (named after a cognac) which he will be obliged to accept in person. He's a funny man who deserves this award honoring “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.” (TOH! interviewed him here.)

"I am very honored and flattered that there's finally an award with a name which convinces my family I am not just a schmuck,” said Apatow. “I am a schmuck who is a genius. I am very honored that they made this mistake."

The writer-director-producer has displayed that genius over four movies, most recently “Knocked Up" spin-off “This Is 40,” starring Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, which is nominated for three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards including Best Comedy, Actress in a Comedy and Actor in a Comedy. His other directed comedies are “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Funny People.” As a writer and/or producer, his credits include “Pineapple Express,” ‘Superbad,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Cable Guy,” “Get Him to the Greek,” and last year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Comedy winner “Bridesmaids.”

Apatow has also helped to create a number of televisions series, including the current HBO hit “Girls” as well as “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and the “The Critic.”

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is one of the largest film critics organizations in the United States and Canada, representing more than 270 television, radio and online critics.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.