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).
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.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards:
BEST COMEDY SERIESBroad CityJane the VirginMomWINNER: Silicon ValleyTransparentVeepYou're the Worst
BEST DRAMA SERIESWINNER: The AmericansEmpireGame of ThronesThe Good WifeHomelandJustifiedOrange Is the New Black
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIESClaire Foy, Wolf HallCynthia Nixon, Stockholm, PennsylvaniaJanet McTeer, The Honorable WomanKhandi Alexander, BessieMo'Nique, BessieWINNER: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
BEST ANIMATED SERIESWINNER: ArcherBob's BurgersGravity FallsThe SimpsonsSouth ParkStar Wars: Rebels
BEST TALK SHOWWINNER: The Daily Show with Jon StewartThe Graham Norton ShowJimmy Kimmel LiveLast Week Tonight with John OliverThe Late Late Show with James CordenThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIESBen Mendelsohn, BloodlineChristopher Eccleston, The LeftoversCraig T. Nelson, ParenthoodWINNER: Jonathan Banks, Better Call SaulMandy Patinkin, HomelandWalton Goggins, Justified
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESCarrie Coon, The LeftoversChristine Baranski, The Good WifeJoelle Carter, JustifiedKatheryn Winnick, VikingsWINNER: Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New BlackMae Whitman, Parenthood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIESAdam Driver, GirlsCameron Monaghan, ShamelessJaime Camil, Jane the VirginWINNER: T.J. Miller, Silicon ValleyTituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTony Hale, Veep
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Allison Janney, MomCarrie Brownstein, PortlandiaEden Sher, The MiddleJudith Light, TransparentMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryMelanie Lynskey, Togetherness
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIESBecky Ann Baker, GirlsWINNER: Bradley Whitford, TransparentJosh Charles, Inside Amy SchumerLaurie Metcalf, The Big Bang TheoryPeter Gallagher, TogethernessSusie Essman, Broad City
GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIESCicely Tyson, How to Get Away with MurderJulianne Nicholson, Masters of SexLinda Lavin, The Good WifeLois Smith, The AmericansWINNER: Sam Elliott, JustifiedWalton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy
BEST REALITY SERIESAnthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownDeadliest CatchMarried at First SightMythBustersWINNER: Shark TankUndercover Boss
BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIESThe Amazing RaceAmerica's Got TalentDancing With the StarsWINNER: Face OffMasterChef JuniorThe Voice
BEST REALITY SERIES HOSTAnthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownBetty White, Betty White's Off Their RockersWINNER: Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can DanceJames Lipton, Inside the Actors StudioPhil Keoghan, The Amazing RaceTom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISIONWINNER: BessieKilling JesusNightingaleA Poet in New YorkStockholm, Pennsylvania
BEST LIMITED SERIES24: Live Another DayAmerican CrimeThe Book of NegroesThe Honorable WomanWINNER: Olive KitteridgeWolf Hall
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Amy Schumer, Inside Amy SchumerConstance Wu, Fresh Off the BoatGina Rodriguez, Jane the VirginIlana Glazer, Broad CityJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepLisa Kudrow, The Comeback
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIESAnthony Anderson, BlackishChris Messina, The Mindy ProjectWINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, TransparentJohnny Galecki, The Big Bang TheoryThomas Middleditch, Silicon ValleyWill Forte, The Last Man on Earth
THE BINGEWORTHY AWARDOrange Is the New BlackGame of ThronesWINNER: The Walking DeadEmpireVikingsAmerican Horror Story
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIESAden Young, RectifyWINNER: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call SaulCharlie Hunnam, Sons of AnarchyFreddie Highmore, Bates MotelMatthew Rhys, The AmericansTimothy Olyphant, Justified
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESEva Green, Penny DreadfulJulianna Margulies, The Good WifeKeri Russell, The AmericansWINNER: Taraji P. Henson, EmpireVera Farmiga, Bates MotelViola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIESWINNER: David Oyelowo, NightingaleJames Nesbitt, The MissingKiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another DayMark Rylance, Wolf HallMichael Gambon, The Casual VacancyRichard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIESAunjanue Ellis, The Book of NegroesFelicity Huffman, American CrimeWINNER: Frances McDormand, Olive KitteridgeJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak ShowMaggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable WomanQueen Latifah, Bessie
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIESWINNER: Bill Murray, Olive KitteridgeCory Michael Smith, Olive KitteridgeElvis Nolasco, American CrimeFinn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak ShowJason Isaacs, Stockholm, PennsylvaniaJonathan Pryce, Wolf Halla
How do you feel about the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards selections? Any specific ones you agree/disagree with?