Critics Choice (TV Nominees) lack the Critical Piece in their Name-2016 Nominees
What happened this year TV Critics? Did you get a lazy and copy and paste the Emmy nominees? Let's take this section by section:
Atlanta and Fleabag being included in Comedy Series and in the lead acting race are big wins, and the shining nominations in this category. These were the only new shows to make a dent in these categories, and their dent was not even that big. How do you put in Tony Hale or Ty Burrell over Keith Stanfield or Brian Tyree Henry from Atlanta? The person from Veep who should have been nominated was Sam Richardson.
Modern Family getting three nominations, and new cutting edge shows like Insecure and Divorce getting skunked proves these critics either aren't watching television or they were too lazy to think outside the box.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt doing well across the board is the best thing they can claim in these categories.
These categories had the biggest failures. I will start with the exclusion of The Americans which was the third highest rated series on Metacritic this year. I do know that this only represents only the first three episodes, but you can say the same about Mr. Robot, and even if you cooled on The Americans second half it still had more positives than Robot (both should be there).
Let's talk about Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright's inclusion, in a show that has become laughably implausible like Scandal, but Scandal doesn't pretend. Wright is solid but has no business being here. If you are going to nominate The Crown for Drama how do you ignore Claire Foy? Same thing for Stranger Things and Winona Ryder?
The show that snaked the most was Luke Cage. Last year this group at least nominated Krysten Ritter in Lead Actress. How do you nominated the Mahershala Ali for House of Cards and not Luke Cage? Yet you have Peter Dinklage and Christian Slater who honestly were solid but did nothing that stood our in their shows. I could say the same thing for Simone Missick in Cage, but no let's rubber stamp last year's winner Constance Zimmer or one of the Thrones women.
To put this in perspective Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Strangers Things were ranked in the 60s on Metacritic (a compilation of critics reviews) but all received nominations. Rectify on the other is strongest reviewed show of the year, and did not even receive a Best Actor nomination.
I was not surprised the Emmy Awards snubbed Connor Jessup for American Crime, but how does Tim Matheson score a nomination for Killing Regan? American Crime had a much stronger, better reviewed second season but was snubbed in series.
Where is The Night Of? Love or hate the way this show ended, there were some amazing performances which deserved recognition, again critically well received, but missing.
These nominations are a joke, the critics reviews meaningless. When your awards (as a Critics group) are almost a carbon copy of the Emmy Award nominations its time to take a good look in the mirror and ask where did you go wrong.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta – FX Black-ish – ABC Fleabag – Amazon Modern Family – ABC Silicon Valley – HBO Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Veep – HBO
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep – HBO Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – Amazon Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth – FOX Donald Glover – Atlanta – FX Bill Hader – Documentary Now! – IFC Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk – Starz Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC Anna Chlumsky – Veep – HBO Allison Janney – Mom – CBS Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon Allison Williams – Girls – HBO
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Louie Anderson – Baskets – FX Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – FOX Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC Tony Hale – Veep – HBO T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley – HBO
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory – CBS Larry David – Saturday Night Live – NBC Lisa Kudrow – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Liam Neeson – Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central
BEST ANIMATED SERIES Archer – FX Bob’s Burgers – FOX BoJack Horseman – Netflix Son of Zorn – FOX South Park – Comedy Central The Simpsons – FOX
BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES America’s Got Talent – NBC MasterChef Junior – FOX RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo Skin Wars – GSN The Amazing Race – CBS The Voice – NBC
BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES Chopped – Food Network Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo Penn & Teller: Fool Us – The CW Project Runway – Lifetime Shark Tank – ABC Undercover Boss – CBS
BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network Deadliest Catch – Discovery Ice Road Truckers – History Intervention – A&E Naked and Afraid – Discovery
BEST TALK SHOW Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Comedy Central The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC
BEST REALITY SHOW HOST Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN Nick Cannon – America’s Got Talent – NBC Carson Daly – The Voice – NBC RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
BEST DRAMA SERIES Better Call Saul – AMC Game of Thrones – HBO Mr. Robot – USA Network Stranger Things – Netflix The Crown – Netflix This Is Us – NBC Westworld – HBO
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Sam Heughan – Outlander – Starz Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA Network Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul – AMC Matthew Rhys – The Americans – FX Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – Netflix
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Caitriona Balfe – Outlander – Starz Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – ABC Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black – BBC America Keri Russell – The Americans – FX Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO Robin Wright – House of Cards – Netflix
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO Kit Harington – Game of Thrones – HBO John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix Mandy Patinkin – Homeland – Showtime Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA Network Jon Voight – Ray Donovan – Showtime
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones – HBO Lena Headey – Game of Thrones – HBO Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES Mahershala Ali – House of Cards – Netflix Lisa Bonet – Ray Donovan – Showtime Ellen Burstyn – House of Cards – Netflix Michael J. Fox – The Good Wife – CBS Jared Harris – The Crown – Netflix Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead – AMC
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES All the Way – HBO Confirmation – HBO Killing Reagan – National Geographic Roots – History The Night Manager – AMC The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES Bryan Cranston – All the Way – HBO Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – PBS Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager – AMC Tim Matheson – Killing Reagan – National Geographic Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES Olivia Colman – The Night Manager – AMC Felicity Huffman – American Crime – ABC Cynthia Nixon – Killing Reagan – National Geographic Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX Lili Taylor – American Crime – ABC Kerry Washington – Confirmation – HBO
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX Lane Garrison – Roots – History Frank Langella – All the Way – HBO Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager – AMC John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX Forest Whitaker – Roots – History
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES Elizabeth Debicki – The Night Manager – AMC Regina King – American Crime – ABC Sarah Lancashire – The Dresser – Starz Melissa Leo – All the Way – HBO Anna Paquin – Roots – History Emily Watson – The Dresser – Starz