Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Winners of the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) tonight announced the winners of the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards. Seventeen of the best series in television were honored at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at a star-studded gala awards show, which was broadcast live on The CW. Actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Cedric's Barber Battle) hosted.
FX was the most awarded network with five wins, followed by HBO with four wins. Fargo (FX) and Orange is the New Black (Netflix) tied as most honored series with three wins each. Allison Janney was the only actor to receive two performance awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Mom, tied with Kate Mulgrew in Orange Is the New Black, as well as Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for Masters of Sex.
Breaking Bad won for Best Drama Series, while Orange is the New Black won as Best Comedy Series. Matthew McConaughey and Jim Parsons won Best Actor in a Drama Series for True Detective and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory, respectively. Tatiana Maslany was honored as Best Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Veep, both for the second year in a row. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; and Scandal's Bellamy Young was named Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Uzo Aduba was named Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her role in Orange Is the New Black.
For the first time, BTJA separated the Best Movie and Best Mini-Series categories. The Normal Heart won for Best Movie, and Matt Bomer won Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for his performance. Fargo was awarded Best Mini-Series, and its stars Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman were honored as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, respectively. Jessica Lange won Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series for her performance in American Horror Story: Coven.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey took home awards for Best Reality Series and Best Reality Host, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The Best Reality Series-Competition category went to Shark Tank. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon won the Best Talk Show category, and Archer won for Best Animated Series.
BTJA honored Ryan Murphy with the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award, established to honor excellence in the television industry. Jim Parsons presented the award to the Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and director, whose The Normal Heart and American Horror Story: Coven were both awarded.
Presenters included Christina Applegate, Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), Demian Bichir (The Bridge), Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Tony Hale (Veep), Colin Hanks (Fargo), Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Diane Kruger (The Bridge), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Laura Prepon (Orange Is the New Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Christian Slater (Mind Games), Isaiah Washington (The 100) and Shane West (Salem).
The Critics' Choice Television Awards honored programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, except for the Most Exciting New Series category, which are shows premiering after May 1, 2014.
Event sponsors included iPic Entertainment, Pernod Ricard's Elyx and Glenlivet, LINE, Engel & V&oum;lkers, Sabra, Sarasota Film Commission, Bradenton Area Film Commission, Flight Source, thalo, Yogurtland and Michele Watches.