The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Masters of Sex, Fargo, and The Normal Heart Lead 2014 TV Critics Choice Nominations
Once again, The Big Bang Theory has been crowned by critics with the most comedy nominations, (five) this year, and I hate to say this, while its funny I do not get the consistent love for this show. It's a good show, but not one of the best in my book. I also am not a fan of the laugh track, so I have a bias in the way CBS sitcoms sometimes force the laughs. Go ahead, and trying watching without it, see how much you laugh. My rant is over.
I am a bit disappointed in this group, they basically snubbed the brilliant Brooklyn Nine-Nine, giving the show only one nomination for Andre Braugher. Modern Family's resurgent season was also shut out, as was Community. The other big surprise is that the Television Critics association went gaga for Mindy Kailing and her show while they received only nomination here for Chris Messina, puzzling. Girls also only receieved one nomination for Andrew Rannells.
The other big comedy contenders are Orange is the New Black (4 nominations), Veep (3 nominations), Silicon Valley (3 nominations), and Louie (3 nominations). Some great surprises in the comedy categories were Robin Williams for The Crazy Ones, Keith David for Enlisted, Albert Tsai for Trophy Wife, and Laverne Cox for Orange is the New Black.
The Good Wife and Masters of Sex lead the drama field with five nominations each. Wife is no surprise, but Masters was dealt a blow at TCA yesterday being shut out, this strong nomination tally has made this show an impressive threat.
After Masters and Wife, Breaking Bad has the second most nominations with four. True Detective surprisingly only got 2, no Woody Harrelson. The Americans scored 4 nominations.
One thing I like about this award show is it does spread the wealth, two nominations for Bate's Motel, along with nominations for Hannibal, The Killing, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire. and on.
The surprise snubs are no Kevin Spacey or House of Cards for drama, which was better in season 2, only Robin Wright received a nomination. The biggest snub news is that Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and Homeland were all completely shut out. The Emmy Awards will have egg on their face if all three are nominated in drama series. I will say each of these shows had award worthy moments, and this critics group just appears to want to be "cool" and avoid shows people think are over, this is transparent.
Great "surprise" nominees, Bellamy Young for Scandal, Peter Sarsgaard for The Killing, Freddie Highmore for Bate's Motel (in the right category), Melissa McBride for The Walking Dead, and Maggie Siff for Sons of Anarchy.
BEST COMEDY SERIES The Big Bang Theory Broad City Louie Orange Is the New Black Silicon Valley Veep
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Louis CK, Louie Chris Messina, The Mindy Project Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Ilana Glazer, Broad City Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Emmy Rossum, Shameless
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Keith David, Enlisted Tony Hale, Veep Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley Jeremy Allen White, Shameless
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory Allison Janney, Mom Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black Sarah Baker, Louie James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory Mimi Kennedy, Mom Andrew Rannells, Girls Lauren Weedman, Looking
BEST DRAMA SERIESThe Americans Breaking Bad Game of Thrones The Good Wife Masters of Sex True Detective
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Dancy, Hannibal Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Matthew Rhys, The Americans Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Keri Russell, The Americans Robin Wright, House of Cards
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Josh Charles, The Good Wife Walton Goggins, Justified Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing Jon Voight, Ray Donovan Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Annet Mahendru, The Americans Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy Bellamy Young, Scandal
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy Allison Janney, Masters of Sex Joe Morton, Scandal Carrie Preston, The Good Wife Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
BEST MOVIE An Adventure in Space and Time Burton and Taylor Killing Kennedy The Normal Heart Sherlock: His Last Vow The Trip to Bountiful
BEST MINI-SERIES American Horror Story: Coven Bonnie & Clyde Dancing on the Edge Fargo The Hollow Crown Luther
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge Martin Freeman, Fargo Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor Minnie Driver, Return to Zero Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Warren Brown, Luther Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow Colin Hanks, Fargo Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart Allison Tolman, Fargo
BEST REALITY SERIES Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Deadliest Catch Duck Dynasty Mythbusters Top Gear Undercover Boss
BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION The Amazing Race Project Runway Shark Tank Survivor Top Chef The Voice
BEST REALITY HOST Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars Carson Daly, The Voice Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
BEST TALK SHOW Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Conan
BEST ANIMATED SERIES Archer Bob’s Burgers The Simpsons Family Guy Phineas and Ferb Adventure Time