The 2014 Critics' Choice Awards Nominees: Fargo, Big Bang, and Some Notable Newcomers

By Tim Surette

May 28, 2014


Wait a second, weren't the nominations for the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards released yesterday? No, that was the TCA Awards nominations, big difference (or so we're told). Today it's the Broadcast Television Journalists Association saying its piece via the relatively new Critics' Choice Awards, which are now in their fourth year. The ceremony will be broadcast live (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on Thursday, June 19 at 8pm on The CW. 

And just like the TCA Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards offer a bit of a reprieve from the same old names we always hear at the Emmys. Case in point: Trophy Wife's Albert Tsai (who played Bert on the recently canceled ABC sitcom) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Critics' Choice Awards, whereas the Emmys are more likely to mistake him for a pint-sized valet and send him to pick up the cast of Modern Family

That being said, super ratings megahit The Big Bang Theory still led all shows with five nominations, tying it with The Good Wife, Masters of SexHBO's made-for-TV-movie The Normal Heart, and FX's Fargo, in a rather surprising but totally well-deserved debut that benefits from a spot in the increasingly competitive miniseries category. Orange Is the New BlackThe AmericansBreaking Bad, and Sherlock: His Last Vow followed, with four nominations each.

Another well-deserved surprise: The appearance of Comedy Central's Broad City, which earned a nod in the Best Comedy category and is represented by Ilana Glazer in the Best Comedy Actress category. Other notables: Sarah Baker for her recent guest stint on Louie; a posthumous nomination for Christopher Evan Welch for his brilliant portrayal of eccentric billionaire Peter Gregory on Silicon Valley (Welch was unable to finish filming the series because of complications from lung cancer; he passed away in December); Emmy Rossum finally getting some respect for Shameless; transgender actress Laverne Cox for Orange Is the New Black; Walton Goggins for both Justified (Best Supporting Actor) and Sons of Anarchy (Best Guest Performer); TV.com favorite Tatiana Maslany for a possible repeat in the Best Actress in a Drama category for Orphan Black; and Alison Tolman for her perfect performance in Fargo (alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, who are competing against one another in the Best Actor in a Miniseries category). And not one nomination for Modern Family. All in all, a pretty good lot. Nice choosing, critics!

Here's the full list of nominations:


BEST COMEDY SERIES

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Broad City (Comedy Central)

Louie (FX)

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Veep (HBO)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Louis CK, Louie (FX)

Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones (CBS)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs (ABC)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Emmy Rossum, Shameless (Showtime)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Keith David, Enlisted (FOX)

Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife (ABC)

Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Jeremy Allen White, Shameless (Showtime)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)

Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

 

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Sarah Baker, Louie (FX)

James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Mimi Kennedy, Mom (CBS)

Andrew Rannells, Girls (HBO)

Lauren Weedman, Looking (HBO)

 

BEST DRAMA SERIES

The Americans (FX)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Masters of Sex (Showtime)

True Detective (HBO)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)

Hugh Dancy, Hannibal (NBC)

Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)

Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)

Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)

Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing (AMC)

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)

Annet Mahendru, The Americans (FX)

Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead (AMC)

Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Bellamy Young, Scandal (ABC)


BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife (CBS)

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)

 

BEST MOVIE

An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)

Burton and Taylor (BBC America)

Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)

The Normal Heart (HBO)

Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

 

BEST MINI-SERIES

American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)

Dancing on the Edge (Starz)

Fargo (FX)

The Hollow Crown (PBS)

Luther (BBC America)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)

Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)

Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short (Lifetime)

Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)

Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)

Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)

Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)

Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)

Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)

Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)

Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)

 

BEST REALITY SERIES

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)

Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

Duck Dynasty (A&E)

Mythbusters (Discovery)

Top Gear (BBC America)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

 

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Shark Tank (ABC)

Survivor (CBS)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

 

BEST REALITY HOST

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Carson Daly, The Voice (NBC)

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef (FOX)

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)

 

BEST TALK SHOW

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Time Telepictures)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Conan (TBS)

 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

Archer (FX)

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)

The Simpsons (FOX)

Family Guy (FOX)

Phineas and Ferb (Disney XD)

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

 

Who do you think should win at this year's Critics' Choice awards?


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  • esthermiller01 Jun 13, 2014

    How can they tell who is a guest actor on Game of Thrones, seems they are all guest actors...some just stay a bit longer. I had forgotten about Walton Goggins guest stint on Sons of Anarchy, so funny! I do hope he wins. Unfortunately I don't know most of the shows, I guess it is time to start checking out some new stuff! I only knew Goggins was on there because i like him on Justified, so I checked out what else he has done.

  • Mysterv Jun 13, 2014

    I have friends who love The Big Bang but I find the led character creepy rather than funny. Kinda like I never liked Two and a Half Men which also was super popular.

  • Cuttlefish Nov 23, 2014

    BBT is on par with Two and a Half Men for comedy. Which is to say, it's terrible. I don't think I've so much as cracked a smile once while watching it. It's a show about what Baby Boomers imagine young geeky guys to be like instead of what young geeky guys are actually like. There's the whole "Hey we're really laughing WITH you guys!" sort of vibe to it, but it still manages to perpetuate every stupid, tired stereotype there is about women and people with nerdy interests.

  • podolskayajulia Jun 10, 2014

    Why isn't there any nomination for Jeremy Davies? I think he deserves a nomination as Guest ActorActor in Drama series (just for his role in Hannibal and that scene with a horse, or his guest starring in FX Justified, dialogue with Raylan Givens while in jail...) Omg whyy there isn't any!!!

  • linewton Jun 07, 2014

    No Woody Harrelson? (Too lazy to look up the spelling.)

  • itsmemadie01 Jun 05, 2014

    no orphan black, peter dinklage, sarah paulson or mads mikkelsen hmmmm not so impressed with critics choices? I demand an award by combat!

  • BosleyMcGilla Jun 02, 2014

    Tatiana Maslany

  • WildPict Jun 02, 2014

    Tatiana Maslany for Best Actress in a Drama. She almost single-handedly carries an entire show with her incredible portrayal of 5 truly believable and very different characters .

    I'm having a hard time choosing between The Normal Heart and An Adventure in Space and Time . Both are awesome, and both deserve some serious kudos.

  • gizma1982 Jun 01, 2014

    I can't believe Peter Dinklage is not nominated ! Hope Jessica Lange can finaly recieve an award !

  • JackSaat Jun 01, 2014

    Emmy Rossum finally getting some respect for Shameless!! Finally she is amazing!

  • ionee24 Jun 01, 2014

    Yay! Melisa McBride!!!

    Carol owned this season of The Walking Dead (Damn you Grimes! for old times sake)

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