The Critics Choice Awards Honor Community and Homeland

By Tim Surette

Jun 19, 2012

There was a TV awards show last night, and Community didn't win. Wait, sorry! I'm so used to writing that that it's become a habit. NBC's Community DID win top comedy honors at the 2nd Annual Critics Choice Awards, the fledgling trophy hander-outer that's still building traction in the face of larger TV awards shows like the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and Tim's TV High-Five-a-thon. It's a big win for Community, the little comedy that could and does, and now the show can finally back up claims of its importance in the TV landscape by sticking a Critics Choice Award in its detractors' faces! How does a mouthful of Critics Choice Award taste, haters? Like Ken Tucker's sweaty palms? Oh, okay then.

Elsewhere, Homeland deservedly won the top drama prize for general awesomeness, and Breaking Bad swept the male acting categories with awards going to Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito; this was probably the first of many trips to the podium for Esposito this season. Other winners include Claire Danes (Homeland), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Louis C.K. (Louie), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), and Julie Bowen (Modern Family).

And of course there was the biggest joke of the night, the "Most Exciting New Series" awards, which pretty much go to the shows with the sweetest trailers and star power. This year the honors went to Fox's The Following and The Mindy Project, ABC's Nashville, HBO's The Newsroom, and USA's Political Animals. And how do these translate to success? Last year's "Most Exciting New Series" included Ringer, Terra Nova, and Alcatraz. Yeek!

Here are the winners of the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, as well as the fellow nominees that they beat down.

Best Drama Series

Breaking Bad – AMC
Downton Abbey – PBS
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
**WINNER** Homeland – Showtime
Mad Men – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series

**WINNER** Bryan CranstonBreaking Bad – AMC
Kelsey GrammerBoss – Starz
Jon HammMad Men – AMC
Charlie HunnamSons of Anarchy – FX
Damian LewisHomeland – Showtime
Timothy OlyphantJustified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series

**WINNER** Claire DanesHomeland – Showtime
Michelle DockeryDownton Abbey – PBS
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth MossMad Men – AMC
Emmy RossumShameless – Showtime
Katey SagalSons of Anarchy – FX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter DinklageGame of Thrones – HBO
**WINNER** Giancarlo EspositoBreaking Bad – AMC
Neal McDonoughJustified – FX
John NobleFringe – FOX
Aaron PaulBreaking Bad – AMC
John SlatteryMad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine BaranskiThe Good Wife – CBS
Anna GunnBreaking Bad – AMC
**WINNER** Christina HendricksMad Men – AMC
Regina KingSouthland – TNT
Kelly Macdonald – Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Maggie Siff – Sons of Anarchy – FX

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Dylan BakerDamages – DirecTV
Jere BurnsJustified – FX
Loretta DevineGrey’s Anatomy – ABC
**WINNER** Lucy LiuSouthland – TNT
Carrie PrestonThe Good Wife – CBS
Chloe WebbShameless – Showtime

Best Reality Series

**WINNER** Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel
Hoarders – A&E;
Sister Wives – TLC
Kitchen Nightmares – FOX
Pawn Stars – History
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition

The Pitch – AMC
Shark Tank – ABC
So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
**WINNER** The Voice – NBC
Chopped – FOOD
The Amazing Race – CBS

Best Reality Show Host

**CO-WINNER** Tom BergeronDancing with the Stars – ABC
Nick CannonAmerica’s Got Talent – NBC
**CO-WINNER** Cat DeeleySo You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Phil KeoghanThe Amazing Race – CBS
RuPaulRuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo

Best Talk Show

Conan – TBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
**WINNER** Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The View – ABC

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory – CBS
**WINNER** Community – NBC
Girls – HBO
Modern Family – ABC
New Girl – FOX
Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Don CheadleHouse of Lies – Showtime
**WINNER** Louis C.K. – Louie – FX
Larry DavidCurb Your Enthusiasm – HBO
Garret DillahuntRaising Hope – FOX
Joel McHaleCommunity – NBC
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

**CO-WINNER** Zooey DeschanelNew Girl – FOX
Lena Dunham – Girls – HBO
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
Martha PlimptonRaising Hope – FOX
**CO-WINNER** Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation – NBC
Ashley RickardsAwkward – MTV

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

**WINNER** Ty BurrellModern Family – ABC
Max GreenfieldNew Girl – FOX
Nick OffermanParks and Recreation – NBC
Danny Pudi – Community – NBC
Jim RashCommunity – NBC
Damon Wayans Jr. – Happy Endings – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

**WINNER** Julie BowenModern Family – ABC
Alison BrieCommunity – NBC
Cheryl HinesSuburgatory – ABC
Gillian JacobsCommunity – NBC
Eden SherThe Middle – ABC
Casey Wilson – Happy Endings – ABC

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

Becky Ann Baker – Girls – HBO
Bobby CannavaleModern Family – ABC
Kathryn HahnParks and Recreation – NBC
Justin LongNew Girl – FOX
**WINNER** Paul RuddParks and Recreation – NBC
Peter ScolariGirls – HBO

Best Animated Series

**WINNER** Archer – FX
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
Bob’s Burgers – FOX
Family Guy – FOX
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network

Best Movie/Miniseries

American Horror Story – FX
Luther – BBC America
**WINNER** Sherlock – PBS
Page Eight – PBS
The Hour – BBC America
Game Change – HBO

Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

**WINNER** Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock – PBS
Bill NighyPage Eight – PBS
Woody HarrelsonGame Change – HBO
Idris ElbaLuther – BBC America
Dominic WestThe Hour – BBC America
Kevin CostnerHatfields & McCoys – History

Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

Jessica Lange – American Horror Story – FX
Gillian AndersonGreat Expectations – PBS
**WINNER** Julianne MooreGame Change – HBO
Patricia ClarksonFive – Lifetime
Lara Pulver – Sherlock – PBS
Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult – Sundance

Most Exciting New Series – (multiple winners)

The Following – Fox
The Mindy Project – Fox
Nashville – ABC
The Newsroom – HBO
Political Animals – USA

In case you were wondering, I didn't vote in these awards because I'm not a part of the Broadcast Television Journalist Association because I keep forgetting to apply during the miniscule membership application window. I'll ask Siri to remind me this year!

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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  • MooncalfReviews Jun 26, 2012

    Archer, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Community -- thems good awardings right there. :D

  • enomo67 Jun 23, 2012

    Modern Family has turned into a parody of itself. It needs to stop winning awards immediately.

  • Hauntme1 Jun 21, 2012

    Community deserves this award and many more why is suits not even nominated?don't get it i think Homeland is ok but i don't think of it as an awesome drama may be because I am Pakistani and many of its dialogues i thought was an offensive i remember Claire Danes saying fucking pakistanis or maybe she said that to our govt. anyways it was offensive.

  • ludoTV Jun 20, 2012

    Great awards! Esp. pleased with Homeland, Sherlock, Community and Breaking Bad

  • hotto1 Jun 20, 2012

    Any award show that ignored Big Bang Theory - is not worth attention.

  • thorthorsen Jun 20, 2012

    funny, I agree with the exact opposite of what you're saying :)

  • RohitSidhu Jun 20, 2012

    Cool, I agree with the exact opposite of the exact opposite of what you're saying

  • Ujpesti Jun 20, 2012

    And finally someone gives Amy Poehler what she deserves! :)

  • jkpop_07 Jun 20, 2012

    YES!! Community and Southland getting recognition they deserve!! There is a TV God!!

  • startug Jun 20, 2012

    Congrats Archer! You were honestly the only show I would have wanted to win besides Bob's Burgers, which also deserves a fair chance. Much better than giving overrated Family Guy an award.

  • DavidJackson8 Jun 20, 2012

    I still like Breaking Bad more than Homeland, but I have no problem with Homeland winning.

    The wins for Community and Archer are awesome. Hooray.

  • Sanity_Bleeds Jun 20, 2012

    Much as I absolutely love Peter Dinlage in Game of Thrones, theres just no way to compare it to the performance Giancarlo Esposito gave this season on Breaking Bad. Same thing with Damian Lewis, absolutely amazing performance, but still doesn't stand up to Bryan Cranston. I gotta say, I'm actually liking how most of these turned out for once. Still, the best supporting actress category was pretty lacking across the board for me.

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