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 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.