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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” scored the win for drama series while Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” prevailed for comedy series at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
The race between FX’s “Fargo” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart” is heating up thanks to each production nabbing key awards Thursday night during the kudofest at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.
Matthew McConaughey (pictured below) won the competitive lead drama actor heat for HBO’s “True Detective,” giving him momentum going into the Emmy race. The actor, who nabbed the Oscar in March for “Dallas Buyers Club,” was effusive in praising the quality of television and its advantages for actors. “Television is raising the bar for character-driven drama,” he said.
McConaughey’s victory and “Breaking Bad’s” win for drama series heightens the tug-of-war for kudos glory between “True Detective” and the now-departed AMC drama series.
FX’s “Fargo” took the win for miniseries and lead actor in a movie/miniseries for Billy Bob Thornton (pictured above). “Normal Heart’s” Mark Ruffalo was also up against Thornton in the category. “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman won for supporting actress.
“Normal Heart” won for best movie and supporting actor in a movie/miniseries for Matt Bomer.
Bomer, the former star of USA Network’s “White Collar” was emotional in his remarks, thanking his husband, PR maven Simon Halls, and “Normal Heart” director Ryan Murphy for helming the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play chronicling the early days of AIDS epidemic. “To the generation we lost, I just want to say, we remember you and we honor you. This is for you,” Bomer said, his voice breaking.
Murphy was also feted with the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn.’s “Genius” award.
“OITNB” took two other awards, for supporting actress in a comedy (Kate Mulgrew) and guest performer in a comedy, for Uzo Aduba. Aduba thanked “OITNB” showrunner Jenji Kohan “for changing my life.”
“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany beat higher-profile competition to score the lead drama actress win.
Allison Janney emerged a double winner, nabbing trophies for guest performer on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” and for supporting comedy actress for CBS’ “Mom.” She tied in the latter category with “OITNB’s” Kate Mulgrew.
“This has been an amazing year for me,” Janney gushed. “I love ‘Mom,’ I love Chuck Lorre.”
Jessica Lange won for lead actress in a movie or miniseries for FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Jim Parsons won lead comedy actor for CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s “Veep” won for lead comedy actress.
Fox/National Geographic TV’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” bested entertainment-oriented competition to snare the best reality series win. “If you like ‘Cosmos’ you owe a great debt to Seth MacFarlane,” exec producer Ann Druyan said, noting his role in making the science docu series happen. “Cosmos’” Neil deGrasse Tyson also won for reality show host.
ABC’s “Shark Tank” won for reality-competition series. Exec producer Mark Burnett noted that the show is helping to inspire young viewers to start businesses. “This is a nation of small businesses,” Burnett said. Burnett took the award in the category last year for his NBC hit “The Voice.”
FX’s “Archer” overcame higher-profile competition to win the animated series trophy.
“Scandal’s” Bellamy Young and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul took the first wins of the night. Young won supporting actress in a drama series, thanking Shonda Rhimes for giving her so much material to work with on ABC’s Washington-based sudser.
“Breaking Bad’s” Paul won supporting drama actor for his work on the final season of the revered AMC drama.
Andre Braugher of Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won for supporting comedy actor.
NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” won the talkshow category in an award handed out prior to the telecast that aired live in East Coast markets on the CW.
Before the show, talent, reps and critics mingled in the Beverly Hilton ballroom, enjoying treats courtesy of Yogurtland, Glenlivet and Absolut.
“Arrow” star Colton Haynes spotted “Goldbergs” matriarch Wendi McLendon-Covey backstage and unabashedly “fanboyed” over the ABC comedy, admitting that he’d love to guest star on the nostalgic sitcom. “Trophy Wife” MVP Albert Tsai tucked into the backstage photo booth with a glittery hat and fake moustache, stealing the show as he often did on the dearly departed ABC laffer.