Posted by: ckckred | June 19, 2012

The Critic’s Choice Awards Winners: At Least They’re Better Than What The Nominations Suggested

Homeland was the big winner of the night, taking home Best Drama and Best Actress for Clair Danes (pictured)

I complained about the Critic’s Choice Awards the other day, where I mentioned the exclusions of LouieThe Colbert Report, and Justified, but included New Girl and Conan.  I liked the Television Critics Association’s choices far more.

Well, the voters have spoken, and I can at least say they’re better than the nominations suggested.  High fives to Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Clair Danes, Louis C. K., Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Archer, and Sherlock.

The two major winners of the night, however, were Homeland for Best Drama and Community for Best Comedy.  I would have preferred seeing Breaking Bad take the trophy, but I’m fine with that.  And I’m pleased seeing Community win (I was hoping Parks and Rec would take the award, but I love Community so I don’t mind).

Now here are my criticisms.  I think Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an underrated show, but I wouldn’t put it over The Daily Show.  And does anyone else feel tired of seeing Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen take awards?  They’re fine in Modern Family, but certainly not the best in their category (and to make it worst, Nick Offerman, perhaps the funniest man on television, wasn’t even nominated).

But the thing that most irritated me was Zooey Deschanel’s tie with Amy Poehler for Best Actress.  Poehler 100% deserved her win, as I said before, but does anyone believe Deschanel is in the same rank?  Her cutesy “adorkable” schtick (that’s how FOX advertises the show) gets annoying after the first five seconds.  Putting her next to Amy Poehler is like putting a scrawled up drawing next to the Mona Lisa.

But they’re at least better than the Golden Globes.  Maybe that should be the motto of the Critic’s Choice Awards.  Winners below.

Best Drama Series

Homeland – Showtime

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – Homeland – Showtime

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men – AMC

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Lucy Liu – Southland – TNT

Best Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Voice – NBC

Best Reality Show Host – TIE
Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance – Fox

Best Talk Show
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Best Comedy Series
Community – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. – Louie – FX

Best Actress in a Comedy Series – TIE
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl – Fox
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Paul Rudd – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Animated Series
Archer – FX

Best Movie/Miniseries
Sherlock – PBS

Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock – PBS

Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Julianne Moore – Game Change – HBO

Most Exciting New Series
The Following (Fox/Warner Bros.)
The Mindy Project (Fox/Universal)
Nashville (ABC/Lionsgate)
The Newsroom (HBO)
Political Animals (USA/Warner Bros.)

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