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 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.
In addition, "Extant" (CBS), "Gotham" (FOX), "Halt and Catch Fire" (AMC), "The Leftovers" (HBO), "Outlander" (Starz), "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime) and "The Strain" (FX) were honored as Most Exciting New 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.
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.
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