The Critics Choice Awards Honor Community and Homeland

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!


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Archer, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Community -- thems good awardings right there. :D
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Modern Family has turned into a parody of itself. It needs to stop winning awards immediately.
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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.
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Great awards! Esp. pleased with Homeland, Sherlock, Community and Breaking Bad



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

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funny, I agree with the exact opposite of what you're saying :)
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Cool, I agree with the exact opposite of the exact opposite of what you're saying
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And finally someone gives Amy Poehler what she deserves! :)
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YES!! Community and Southland getting recognition they deserve!! There is a TV God!!
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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.
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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.
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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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Uhm...Neal McDonough (Robert Quarles) is a "supporting actor" and Jere Burns (Wynn Duffy) is a "guest performer"?! The character of Wynn Duffy has been appearing here and there in all three seasons, but Quarles appeared only in season 3. He was the big bad of the season. So why isn't Neal McDonough in the "guest performer" category?



Both of those guys were good, but Walton Goggins was better.
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what he said
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About to start watching Homeland. Turns out this might be a very good decision.
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Really....Critics choice? Co-Winners?
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Zoey over Julia Louis Dreyfus. Wow, ridiculous. Actually, from all those women, she was the least deserving by far.
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Oh and they really got it right when they gave Lucy Lui the award. She did a fantastic job on the show this season.
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Zooey winning is a little absurd I have to say. The show is really funny I watched all the episodes but she is not the reason why the show is successful

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Decent choices I suppose. Positively enthused Homeland won Best Drama, but comedy... Community is a hit and miss show. Modern Family has always offered more and at a better quality. Also, the fact that they don't even include Veep in the nominations is laughable (which actually should stand a good chance at winning).



Some of these choices are just baffling. I'm going to forget about their Reality Series awards, both winners and nominees should be ashamed, especially since one of the greatest (Survivor) wasn't even mentioned. Plus, they only cover casting and overall production. Where the hell are the creative awards? Writing? Direction? Set design? Etc...



This list is just driving me insane. So much left unnoticed. And too many shows got nominations that don't deserve them. By the way, what the hell is the point in Most Exciting New Series? Last year's was a cluster**** of awful. There's no point in honoring shows that have nothing to show for it yet. Not even a season.



Nah, I'll probably end up forgetting about this, and like usual pay more attention around Emmy season, which at least doesn't pollute their list of nominees with extremely awful shows. I'm sorry, but the critics lost a lot of my respect. They need to be even bigger and better for me to take notice. And yes, I know the Emmy's don't always get them right either (some might say are even predictable), but they at least only mention titles that deserve it. They aren't always right, but they haven't screwed up in any major way for the past couple years.



American Idol, as much as deplore the voting system, has way better editing than The Voice (who's structure I very much favor), by the way.
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Sorry but, all I have to say to you is, John Noble doesn't even get nominated for an emmy for his part on Fringe so... Well, your argument there is invalid.
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Community definitely deserved it. So much brilliance in that show. I'm also happy with the Breaking Bad winners. I do think the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category is a little bittersweet, since I felt that Aaron Paul and John Noble brought so much to their roles that it's hard to know that they couldn't win it. Though that's not to say Giancarlo Esposito wasn't amazing, because he really, REALLY was. :P
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dont get me wrong Bryan Cranstons acting is this season of breaking bad was superb but the gripe I have is that Esposito blew him away in every scene they were involved together in which makes me question how the award "best actor in a drama series" didn't go directly to Esposito, If you take it as literal then surely the BEST actor was Esposito or is it not literal and does it HAVE to be the official lead actor only who can be nominated?
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I know what you mean, sometimes I question why an actor is placed into the "supporting actor" category. To use another example from my post, I don't know why John Noble is placed in that category, when I think he gives easily the strongest performance on Fringe, and has a big enough role to be considered a major actor on the show. That isn't to say the others are bad, but I can't help wondering why this is. I also feel the same way about Aaron Paul. In fact, while Bryan Cranston obviously had a huge role in this past season, he was actually kind of sidelined in the first half of the season, to make room for the other characters. Aaron Paul, on the other hand, was given a big role from beginning to end, and gave what I think was his best season so far. Bryan Craston certainly deserves all the praise he gets, and gave a hell of a performance in the latter half of the season, so I'm glad he won, but again, I can't help wondering why he's not in the Best Actor category.
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Still needs slightly less Modern Family. Other than that, I agree with everything. Even if the Best Drama should have gone to Breaking Bad for the best season of any show ever.
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I love Ty Burrell and he's really funny in Modern Family but I think Jim Rash should have won. He steals every scene he's in!!!
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Okay now... I am a big fan of Homeland, but I thought that The Good Wife should have won for best Drama and Julianna Margulies should have taken it for Best Drama Actress. I am extremely pleased that Community won best comedy. Why wouldn't it have???????
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Pretty good list. Community and Archer are two of my favorites. However I can't understand the co winner of best comedic actress in Amy Poehler and Zoey Deschannel. That is tremendously insulting to Miss Poehler who actually acts and is funny. Where Zoey plays herself and is unfunny.
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some categories were really difficult! Several of the nominees could have easily been the winners.
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All of the nominees could have been winners! Thats how award nominations work. But yea, I get what you mean. Picking one of these over some of the others seems a pretty moot point. How do you compare one amazing performance against an equally amazing performance? Really should have been more 2-3, even 4 way ties on some of these.
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well i agree with alot of the winners this year. But wow it must have been hard to choose for all the drama categories.

but man i think i would have died if i saw something like Sister Wives win for best reality series. why was that show even nominated?
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Whoohoo... for Community and Archer.
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So excited that PBS's Sherlock won something, I'm sure it'll be one of many more since this show rocks!!!
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Awesome for Community, Parks & Rec, Sherlock, Archer, Homeland and Breaking Bad! Shocked that Jessica Lange did not win for AHS!
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I'm soooo glad Community and Sherlock won! They're two shows that really deserve more viewers!
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Shame on them for ignoring Castle! If they think this show will drown in the flood of new shows thay are sadly mistaken! Castle is creative in every way, the writers are the best and the actors aren't Hollywood's elite, but real down to earth individuals with extraordinary talent! Please get your heads out of the sand next year!
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How in the world were South Park and The Simpsons not on best animated series if Bobs Burgers and Family Guy were? Ugh.
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ur right for south park, but simpsons has been utter crap for a really long time now... and i was a pretty big fan...
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Oh and I love how in the picture above, no Chevy but Leonard!
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What made me smack my hands to my mouth as to not SCREAM was winning for Sherlock and Benedict. And if it wasn't Sherlock, it was AHS.
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Julie Bowen must have been some kind of wonderful on Modern Family because all the other actresses in that catagory were phenomonal this year.

Great news for Archer, which has been the best animated show for a couple of years now.

Also great news for Sherlock and Cumberbatch, very well deserved.

I'd have liked to have seen Ashley Rickards get something, but she's a rising star, I'm sure there will be plenty of awards for her in the future.

Probably the biggest problem I have is that they were handing out Co-Winner awards and they still didn't choose John Nobel. I don't doubt that Esposito deserved the award (I'm still only on season three of Breaking Bad) but I know for a fact that John Nobel deserved it too.



Anyway, well done critics. You probably infuriate us as much (if not more than) you inform us but you got your awards right on the money. Just goes to show that your opinions are much more relevent today than that of the Academy, the Emmy's or any of the others.
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I'm so glad Giancarlo Esposito won.
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ummm, Tim, you forgot to mention SHERLOCK AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Along with Community winning, the Critics Choice Awards are now my favorite awards show!
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A fairly good group of winners, but seriously, no award for Jessica Lange? Are you kidding me?!
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Wow. A tv award where I have no problem with any of the winners.



I'm thankful that Ty Burrell won the Emmy and now also the Critic's Choice Award. While Modern Family has become highly inconsistent, he's always on top of his game and in the latest season he really stood out among the great ensemble cast they have.
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Poor Michelle, Julianna, Elisabeth, Emmy and Katey. It must be awful losing the award to Claire Danes. Knowing that you are much better than that overacted "actress"
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Did you even watch Homeland? Claire Danes had one of the best performances for a single season I've ever seen.
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I wanted to say something similar to that FF but I was afraid I'd get too annoyed and a little bit sweary and then get in trouble.



Claire Danes deserved the award hands down. Julianna Margulies was excellent but Claire Danes was simply better.
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Yes I have, and that's what I think about her. Don't agree with you, sorry
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Could you troll any harder?
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