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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2013

Now that the film award season is behind us for a year, the television awards season is kicking off. Last night, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out. Unlike some years, the Broadcast TV Journalists Association managed to spread the love a bit, which is always nice to see. And, the winners are:

Drama Series: Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad
Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Cudlitz, Southland

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Monica Potter, Parenthood

Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory
Actor in a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., Louie
Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory and Eden Sher, The Middle
Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Patton Oswalt, Parks and Recreation

Reality Series: Duck Dynasty and Push Girls

Reality Series Competition: The Voice

Best Reality Show Host: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Talk Show: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Animated Series: Archer

Movie/Miniseries: Behind the Candelabra

Actor in a Movie/Miniseries: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Actress in a Movie/Miniseries: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries: Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

In terms of the Drama category, I haven’t seen any of the shows that won, except the pilot of Orphan Black which didn’t inspire me to keep watching. I am, therefore, in no position to comment. In the Comedy category, I am a recent convert to The Big Bang Theory and think it is the best comedy to hit our screens since Frasier. It may be even better than that.

Didn’t I warn you that Michael Douglas will sweep everything this year? This is the first of what I predict will be every statue out there for him. I must admit, although I didn’t like the movie, he was magnificent. Similarly, if you haven’t seen Top of the Lake yet, you can stream it on Netflix and I highly recommend it. Elisabeth Moss was simply wonderful to watch.

What do you think of these choices? Comment below with agreements or disagreements.


  1. Tatiana Maslany is phenomenal in Orphan Black. I'd really recommend giving it another shot - I've been waiting for you guys to notice it ;) It's not an easy feat to win this award with an average audience of about half a million people.

    What's with the ties by the way? Is that normal for these awards?

  2. Marieke -- J.D. wrote a wonderful review of the Orphan Black pilot when it aired. The nice thing about critics' awards is that the smaller shows tend to get noticed as the critics watch everything.

    I'm not sure about the ties, but I rather like the fact that these awards accept that more than one winner may be possible.

  3. Orphan Black doesn't really get going until all the clones starting interacting, then you get to see just how amazing Tatiana Maslany is. She deserves every away there is.

  4. Yay for the Orphan Black love - Tatiana Maslany is incredible once the multiple plots really kick off, and the scenes where one version has to fake being another version are, really, wow. The only bit I don't think she quite hits is with Sarah's 'London' accent, which hasn't sounded quite authentic once yet, but hey, they kind of manage to fudge that by leaving Sarah's background slightly ambiguous. In terms of inhabiting several completely different characters believably and interacting with herself though, Maslany is stunningly good.

  5. Her accent isn't exactly "London" accent, it's more of a working-class northern English accent. Almost cockney, but not quite.

  6. Michael Cudlitz really deserved that award for Southland.

  7. I recently caught up with Orphan Black, and I agree wholeheartedly with the praise for Tatiana Maslany. She really is quite amazing. She creates characters that are so distinct that I honestly forgot at times that some of them were played by the same actress. Even when they are in scenes together! And, as jencat notes, she also manages to convincingly differentiate one clone pretending to be another clone, from the "original" version of the character. It's a stunning achievement. I hope the critical attention is able to get her an Emmy nomination. She's certainly got hurdles cracking that field, but she's very deserving.

    And the show was really enjoyable, too! Propulsive, and engaging both intellectually and emotionally. I've become really invested in the various characters and their journeys, and am looking forward to next season. Why does Spring have to be so full of good TV?!


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