Nice Guys Finish First at the 2015 Critics Choice TV Awards

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2015 Critics Choice TV Awards Lisa and Jim

CCATV 2015 Jonathan Banks“It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” said I, after the very first of the 2015 Critics Choice Awards was given out. I was referring to Jonathan Banks, who picked up the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for Better Call Saul. I’d chatted with him earlier, and he told me he was thrilled that he still got to play bad-guy-with-a-good heart Mike Ehrmantraut on the Breaking Bad spin-off. The chance to work with Vince Gilligan again was a dream come true, he said.

CCATV 2015 Bob OdenkirkOf course, Bob Odenkirk said almost the same thing, after accepting his award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Bob and Jonathan actually stuck around for the after party at the swank Beverly Hilton, and Bob humbly told me that he was just grateful to Vince Gilligan for writing such an amazing part. He also gave props to Michael McKean, who plays his character Jimmy’s older brother. Bob actually said he was surprised that critics and fans embraced the series so enthusiastically, because he thought so many people were reluctant to let Breaking Bad go. “I thought it might take a couple of seasons before it really caught on,” he said. “I never expected this (the kudos the show won from the Critics).

The 2015 Critics Choice TV Awards was one of the best shows ever, from a broadcast perspective. A&E invested a lot in the production, and it showed. Personally, I was seated at the Killing Jesus (nominated for Best Movie) table, right next to Haaz Sleiman, who played the title character. That was intimidating–especially when he proceeded to turn the water into wine. And when HBO’s Bessie won that category and my husband muttered, “Jesus Christ!” Haaz didn’t flinch.

CCATV 2015 Chuck Lorre and JimSpeaking of my husband, his night was made when he went to take a photo of me sitting next to The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy, and Jim found himself standing next to series creator and old friend Chuck Lorre. It seems that a number of years ago, Chuck wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme, and sang the turtle voices, while Jim sang the lead vocals. They had fun reminiscing, while Johnny and I chatted about the awards. Although he didn’t win, this was the first time Johnny had been nominated for lead, and he told me that he really appreciated the nomination, because The Big Bang Theory had been around for so long and hadn’t broken any new ground lately, and they were grateful that the critics still thought they had merit. I swear, these guys are so humble!

CCATV 2015 Alison JanneyOther truly humble, gracious and friendly actors at the 2015 Critics Choice TV Awards? Allison Janney, who won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series on Chuck Lorre’s Mom, and her adorable co-star Anna Faris, who did a bang up job presenting a couple of comedy awards.CCATV 2015 Anna Faris Talking Everyone from Silicon Valley jovially schmoozed, drank and ate heavily–in fact, T.J. Miller was stuffing his face with a finger sandwich as he went on stage to accept his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Award. The gang reappeared on stage later to accept the Best Comedy Award.

And things were so well run that, believe it or not, the show actually finished two minutes early. TWO MINUTES EARLY! In the world of awards shows, that never happens. But in the world of awards shows, I never get to sit next to Jesus. Miracles do happen.

 

WINNERS OF THE 2015 CRITICS CHOICE TV AWARDS

  • Best Drama Series: The Americans (FX)
  • Best Actor in a Drama Series: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Sam Elliott, Justified (FX)
  • Best Comedy Series: Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
  • Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janey, Mom (CBS)
  • Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)
  • Best Movie Made for Television: Bessie (HBO)
  • Best Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: David Oyelowo, Nightingale (HBO)
  • Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • Best Reality Series: Shark Tank (ABC)
  • Best Reality Competition Series: Face Off (Syfy)
  • Best Reality Series Host: Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
  • Best Talk Show: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • Best Animated Series: Archer (FX)
  • Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award: Seth MacFarlane
  • Most Exciting New Series: American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC), Minority Report (FOX), The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (FOX), Supergirl (CBS) and UnREAL (Lifetime)

Awards Tally by Networks, Channels & Distributors*

HBO – 7

FX – 4

Amazon – 2

AMC – 2

Comedy Central – 2

FOX – 2

ABC – 1

CBS – 1

Netflix – 1

Syfy – 1

Awards Tally by Show

Olive Kitteridge – HBO – 3

Better Call Saul – AMC – 2

Silicon Valley – HBO – 2

Transparent – Amazon – 2

The Americans – FX – 1

American Horror Story: Freak Show – FX – 1

Archer – FX – 1

Bessie – HBO – 1

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central – 1

Empire – FOX – 1

Face Off – Syfy – 1

Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central – 1

Justified – FX – 1

Mom – CBS – 1

Nightingale – HBO – 1

Orange Is the New Black – Netflix – 1

Shark Tank – ABC – 1

So You Think You Can Dance – FOX – 1

Get more info and see more photos on CriticsChoice.com.

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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