Critics' Choice Awards: Fargo, The Leftovers, Transparent, and UnREAL Lead the Nominations


Well, would you look at that! After the Screen Actors Guild Awards recycled most of its picks from previous years and the Golden Globes took the "Hey, they'll never see this coming!" approach, the Critics' Choice Awards nominations, which were announced Monday, are on-point! It's almost as if TV critics have some insight into what the best, most-deserving shows are on TV. 

Leading the field this year with eight nominations is FX's Fargo. Noah Hawley's anthological crime drama earned nods for stars Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst, as well as a nomination for Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. Amazon's Transparent and HBO's The Leftovers follow with six nominations each. And after failing to earn a single nomination last week, Lifetime's UnREAL earned three, including one for Best Drama Series against Empire, Mr. Robot, Penny Dreadful, Rectify, The Knick, and The Leftovers

In the comedy races, The CW's Jane the Virgin, and FXX's You're the Worst both earned three nominations apiece, including Best Comedy Series, where they'll battle it out with Black-ish, Catastrophe, Master of None, The Last Man on Earth, and Transparent. Meanwhile, in Things You Wanted But Didn't Think Would Happen, former Justified star Timothy Olyphant scored a guest acting nod for his recent two-episode arc on Fox's The Grinder.

The full list of nominees is below.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!

Ne-Yo, The Wiz Live!

Nick Offerman, Fargo

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Raoul Trujillo, Saints & Strangers

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo 


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Mary J. Blige, The Wiz Live!

Laura Haddock, Luther 

Cristin Milioti, Fargo

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel 

Winona Ryder, Show Me a Hero

Jean Smart, Fargo


BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Wes Bentley, American Horror Story: Hotel

Martin Clunes, Arthur & George

Idris Elba, Luther

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

Vincent Kartheiser, Saints & Strangers

Patrick Wilson, Fargo


BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors 

Rachel McAdams, True Detective

Shanice Williams, The Wiz Live! 


BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Childhood’s End 

Fargo

Luther 

Saints & Strangers 

Show Me a Hero 

The Wiz Live! 


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin

Jay Duplass, Transparent

Neil Flynn, The Middle

Keegan-Michael Key, Playing House 

Mel Rodriguez, Getting On 


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory 

Kether Donohue, You’re the Worst 

Allison Janney, Mom 

Judith Light, Transparent 

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Eden Sher, The Middle 


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

Randall Park, Fresh Off the Boat

Fred Savage, The Grinder

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent


BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Aya Cash, You’re the Worst

Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat


BEST COMEDY SERIES

Black-ish 

Catastrophe 

Jane the Virgin 

Master of None 

The Last Man on Earth 

Transparent

You’re the Worst


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Clayne Crawford, Rectify

Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers 

Andre Holland, The Knick 

Jonathan Jackson, Nashville 

Rufus Sewell, The Man in the High Castle 

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Ann Dowd, The Leftovers

Regina King, The Leftovers 

Helen McCrory, Penny Dreadful 

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville

Maura Tierney, The Affair 

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL 


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Hugh Dancy, Hannibal

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Clive Owen, The Knick

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan 

Justin Theroux, The Leftovers 

Aden Young, Rectif


BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Shiri Appleby, UnREAL

Carrie Coon, The Leftovers 

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder 

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Krysten Ritter, Marvel's Jessica Jones 


BEST DRAMA SERIES

Empire

Mr. Robot

Penny Dreadful

Rectify 

The Knick 

The Leftovers 

UnREAL


BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ellen Burstyn, Mom

Anjelica Huston, Transparent

Cherry Jones, Transparent 

Jenifer Lewis, Black-ish

Timothy Olyphant, The Grinder

John Slattery, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp


BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Richard Armitage, Hannibal

Justin Kirk, Manhattan

Patti LuPone, Penny Dreadful 

Margo Martindale, The Good Wife 

Marisa Tomei, Empire

B.D. Wong, Mr. Robot 


BEST ANIMATION SERIES

Bob’s Burgers

BoJack Horseman

South Park

Star Wars Rebels 

The Simpsons 


BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION

Chopped

Face Off

MasterChef Junior 

Survivor 

The Amazing Race 

The Voice 


BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

Ted Allen, Chopped 

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio

Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Jeff Probst, Survivor 

Gordon Ramsay, Hell’s Kitchen


BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

Antiques Roadshow 

Inside The Actors Studio 

MythBusters 

Project Greenlight 

Shark Tank

Undercover Boss


BEST TALK SHOW

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 

The Graham Norton Show 

The Late Late Show with James Corden 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 

Cops

Deadliest Catch 

Intervention

Naked and Afraid 

Pawn Stars 

What nominations do you agree with? Who do you think was snubbed?

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Dec 15, 2015
Fred Savage already getting a nod for the Grinder? Whaaaaat?
And Jessica Jones actually getting a nom? Love it.
And while there are a great many other things to love in here, I have to say that UnReal getting a bunch of love is pretty damn awesome. That show deserves all the love.
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Dec 15, 2015
The CCA always knows what's good. And they give genre TV a fairer shot, too.
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Dec 15, 2015
Alot of choices here I agree with and some choices I don't agree with. But isn't that the whole point of this? you will never find a list that's universally agreed upon. They have Empire and Transparent with several nominees, both shows turned for the worse this season, in fact I disliked them both. Dissapointed to not see Vincent D'Onofrio get some recognition, Mads Mikkelsen also deserve something for a mesterful portray of Hannibal Lector. Archer is a far better show than the current Simpsons and no Rick and Morty, WTF? Cherry Jones over Ellie Kemper, no way. Black-ish is not the best comedy out there. Hayden panettiere is also a small WTF, but at the same it's nice she gets some love after a rough year with birth depression.
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Dec 15, 2015
I'm glad for Penny Dreadful, Flesh and Bone, Childhood's End, Jessica Jones and Face Off.
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Dec 15, 2015
Where are the nominations for Getting On?

Looks like the Critics Choice folk are as moronic as all the other people who don't watch this wonderful show.

Well, at least they threw a bone to Transparent.

Their heart is with the gratuitously violent crap like Fargo, obviously.

Morons.
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Dec 15, 2015
wow. these are really great
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Dec 15, 2015
Andre Braugher?! Finally!
These nominations are so much better than the Golden Globes and SAG awards.
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Dec 15, 2015
Some great comedy nominations, glad to see The Middle, Mom, and Jane the Virgin represented in multiple categories.
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Dec 15, 2015
So excited that The Middle got two nominations for supporting actor and actress. And Fargo....I love that show.
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Dec 14, 2015
Hate to be picky (no really) but does anyone else think Kirsten Dunst getting nominated for best actress while Jesse Plemons is nominated as a supporting actor is a bit odd? They play husband and wife and have about equal screen time so what is the go?
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Dec 15, 2015
There are other men with more screen time than Plemons. Only one other woman with about the same amount as Kirsten. That's the way I see it.
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Dec 15, 2015
Fair enough but if there aren't any other women with the same screen time as some of the male actors in Fargo that means there weren't any female leads this season.
The awards thing is not a huge issue but not creating substantial female lead roles is, and its an issue that doesn't get fixed by papering over the deficiency via re-titling a supporting actor role into a lead role.

All that does is create a mood where roles appear to be made 'easier' for women at a time when there is an insufficiency of women's roles in quality drama.
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Dec 14, 2015
Chaos Theory's winners list (Because Why Not and she/he/them is always wrong anyway so who cares)

1. Best Supporting Actor (Limited Series).: so many Fargos so little time but I will go with..... Jesse Piemens

2. Best Supporting Actress (Limited Series)
Sarah Paulson AHS Hotel.

3. Best Actor (Limited Series).
I am torn on this one so I split my decision between Wes Bentley (AHS) and Payrick Wilson (Fargo)

4. Best Actress in a Limited series
Kirsten Dunst Fargo

5 Best Limited Series
Fargo.

SKIPPING COMEDIES - Don't watch. Don't care.

6.Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
I analysis kinda torn I this one but I will go with Rufus Sewell

7. Best Supporting Actress in A Drama
Huh the only one of those shows I watch is UnReal and I do like it but...ok fine we will go with that one.

8. Best Actor in a Drama Series
Torn again but I am going with Hugh Dancy Hannibal

9 Best Actreess in Drama Series
Krysten Rittet Jessica Jobes

10. Best Drama Series:
Mr. Robot

The rest I am skipping as well,






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Dec 14, 2015

...oh, and Rachel Bloom. That gal rocks!
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Dec 14, 2015
Hmmm, pretty good list. Penny Dreadful is an absolute delight and I will never not be happy to see it's name in a nominations list.The Middle is criminally underrated so I am stoked to see a few of it's cast getting redognized, and of course Fresh Off The Boat and The Goldbergs... just hand those guys all of the awards. I am sad to see AHS: Hotel was snubbed in the TV movie/ mini series category. I would understand if this was Freakshow we were talking about but Hotel has been great! I am also going to express an unpoular opinion (at least as far as TV.com is concerned) and say I just do not understand the appeal of Jane The Virgin. It is not funny and the lead actress has one facial expression.
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Dec 14, 2015
I was so pleasantly surprised, when I saw that list. I expected to roll my eyes a lot, but mostly I just grinned:-) Good job, CCA!
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Dec 14, 2015
Such an awesome list of nominees. I've never seen one that I've generally agreed with in a long long time. Just great surprises. Aya Cash, Kether Donahue, Rachel Bloom, Gina Rodriguez, Jamie Camil ---- wow, I even have to watch the comedy categories on this one. Glad to see some new names.
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Dec 14, 2015
Wow. Just wow at a lot of these nominations. There's a bunch of deserving actors, actresses, and shows that are finally getting the recognition they deserve. It's definitely nice to see.
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Dec 14, 2015
Tim Olyphant was SO funny on The Grinder. I'm glad someone recognized him. If only they hadn't ducked him all those years for Justified. Now how about Grinder: New Orleans as a real show. "The Big Easy just got hard!" Still makes me laugh two weeks later.
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Dec 14, 2015
Haha. It's always weird to see him play a character other than Raylan after all the years of watching Justified.

He was pretty funny in the role though, and it reminded me of the one episode he did for The League.
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Dec 14, 2015
The Critics Choice are a little more to my tastes the the Idiots choice (Aka Emmys) Sarah Paulson makes sense for AHS and Rufus Sewll was the best part of Tge Man in the a high Castle. I may not watch it but I hear Leftovers is great this seasonZ
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Dec 14, 2015
I'm really liking the nominations, especially the ones for UnReal and You're the Worst. Great to see them getting some recognition.
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Dec 14, 2015
Yes to UnReal ! So happy for Shiri appleby and constance Zimmer!
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Dec 14, 2015
I'd be surprised if Jon Stewart doesn't pick a few awards across the various ceremonies, sort of a farewell tour and thanks for the last 15 years from the critics.
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Dec 14, 2015
Awesome news for Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, and Kathy Bates for AHS Hotel- three consistently great performances this year! I feel like Wes Bentley has really stepped up to the leading man role he's been given and provided a good brooding counterweight to Gaga's snarling craziness (which I also like, but you couldn't have two cuckoo leads or it would just get exhausting). The story of Bentley's noir-style antihero and his interactions with Sarah's Sally, Denis O'Hare's Liz, Evan Peters' Mr. March and Kathy Bate's Iris have been the best parts of the show so far for me. Surprised to not see Denis O'Hare or Evan Peters turn up in the supporting actor category, but I'll take what I can get for my fave show!
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Dec 14, 2015
Evan Peters most definitely deserves a nod but then everyone does this season. I don't think there is a weakest link in the cast which is rare.
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Dec 14, 2015
I completely agree- I was just thinking this morning that AHS Hotel is one of those rare shows where every character (and the actor portraying them) works really, really well and delivers. It's all interlocking really well.
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Dec 14, 2015
The Wiz Live... Fargo... The Wiz Live... Fargo... I don't know about you, but I'm having a tough time deciding here...

Just kidding! It's Fargo, doncha know!
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Dec 14, 2015
Some good picks there. All the ones that I've seen I agree with. Would have maybe considered Goggins for supporting actor on Justified though.
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Dec 14, 2015
The nomination period began in June so Justified wasn't eligible. (The awards used to be handed out in June, but they've combined the movie awards and the television awards now, which has forced the eligibility period to be moved. So only television shows that aired the majority of their seasons between June 1 to December 31 were eligible.)
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Dec 14, 2015
Didn't they also have a Most Exciting New Series awards? Or wast that the TCAs?
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Dec 14, 2015
So they decided to only cover half of the year and knock out half of the eligible shows? Bizarre?
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Dec 14, 2015
No, because they had a ceremony in June covering the first half of the year.
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Dec 15, 2015
Oooooooooh.
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Dec 14, 2015
The Leftovers gets six nominations. Finally, some sense in award nominations.
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