The 2014-15 movie awards season concluded with the 2015 Oscars ceremony, but television operates a bit differently. Enter the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards, which aired Sunday night, May 31st, and took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For those unaware, the awards ceremony was established in 2011 and is conducted by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, as a way to honor television performers and programs spanning from cable mini-series to reality TV series.

HBO usually does well at the TV awards shows, and the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards event was no exception. Co-creator Mike Judge’s acclaimed TV show Silicon Valley – a satirical look at life for programmers and tech engineers in the eponymous part of the San Francisco Bay Area – was crowned Best Comedy Series (and snagged co-lead T.J. Miller an award), while HBO and director Lisa Cholodenko’s dramatic mini-series Olive Kitteridge picked up awards for its lead France McDormand and costar Bill Murray’s performances.

 

David Oyelowo also picked up an award for his performance in Nightingale; that movie just aired on HBO over the weekend and features Oyelowo (Selma) in a complex role – a psychologically troubled military vet obsessed with a fellow ex-soldier – that requires him to be the only person who is ever glimpsed in full onscreen. HBO also took home the “Best Movie Made For Television” honor for Bessie, a biopic about the early 20th Century musician Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah and directed by Dee Reese (the 2011 Sundance Film Festival breakout drama Pariah).

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However, not all the major prizes at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards went to HBO. FX won the Best Drama Series award for The Americans and Best Animated Series for Archer – both of which are series that frequently make the cut on “Best Ongoing TV Shows You Aren’t Watching” type lists, especially in the case of The Americans. The FX Network’s neo-western Justified also snagged its costar Sam Eliott a prize for his work on the show’s final season.

Other various items worth noting:

  • Empire scene-stealer Taraji P. Henson won for her scene-stealing turn as the matriarchal Cookie Lyon on Lee Daniels’ popular music industry soap opera.
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead was dubbed “Most Bingeworthy”, which its Breaking Bad prequel/spinoff Better Call Saul took home a couple of acting prizes.
  • Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning comedy/drama Transparent continued to rack up accolades, with Jeffrey Tambor once again being recognized for his performance as the transgender woman Maura Pfefferman.
  • Amy Schumer kept her recent winning streak alive, taking home a prize for her work on the comedy series Inside Amy Schumer.

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Golden Globe-winner Jeffrey Tambor on ‘Transparent’


Here is the complete list of winners at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards:

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Broad City
Jane the Virgin
Mom
WINNER: Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep
You’re the Worst

BEST DRAMA SERIES
WINNER: The Americans
Empire
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Homeland
Justified
Orange Is the New Black

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Claire Foy, Wolf Hall
Cynthia Nixon, Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman
Khandi Alexander, Bessie
Mo’Nique, Bessie
WINNER: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
WINNER: Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Gravity Falls
The Simpsons
South Park
Star Wars: Rebels

BEST TALK SHOW
WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Graham Norton Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers
Craig T. Nelson, Parenthood
WINNER: Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Walton Goggins, Justified

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Carrie Coon, The Leftovers
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joelle Carter, Justified
Katheryn Winnick, Vikings
WINNER: Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black
Mae Whitman, Parenthood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Adam Driver, Girls
Cameron Monaghan, Shameless
Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin
WINNER: T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
WINNER: Allison Janney, Mom
Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia
Eden Sher, The Middle
Judith Light, Transparent
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Becky Ann Baker, Girls
WINNER: Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Peter Gallagher, Togetherness
Susie Essman, Broad City

GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex
Linda Lavin, The Good Wife
Lois Smith, The Americans
WINNER: Sam Elliott, Justified
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy

BEST REALITY SERIES
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Deadliest Catch
Married at First Sight
MythBusters
WINNER: Shark Tank
Undercover Boss

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
The Amazing Race
America’s Got Talent
Dancing With the Stars
WINNER: Face Off
MasterChef Junior
The Voice

BEST REALITY SERIES HOST
Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
WINNER: Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Bessie
Killing Jesus
Nightingale
A Poet in New York
Stockholm, Pennsylvania

BEST LIMITED SERIES
24: Live Another Day
American Crime
The Book of Negroes
The Honorable Woman
WINNER: Olive Kitteridge
Wolf Hall

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
WINNER: Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Ilana Glazer, Broad City
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project
WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

THE BINGEWORTHY AWARD
Orange Is the New Black
Game of Thrones
WINNER: The Walking Dead
Empire
Vikings
American Horror Story

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Aden Young, Rectify
WINNER: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Keri Russell, The Americans
WINNER: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
WINNER: David Oyelowo, Nightingale
James Nesbitt, The Missing
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Aunjanue Ellis, The Book of Negroes
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Queen Latifah, Bessie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
WINNER: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Cory Michael Smith, Olive Kitteridge
Elvis Nolasco, American Crime
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Jason Isaacs, Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Pryce, Wolf Halla

How do you feel about the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards selections? Any specific ones you agree/disagree with?