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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015: Complete Winners List

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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