3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominations are In!

imagesThe 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced today, and I am happy to say that many of my favorite shows were nominated for multiple awards.  Highlights are as follows, and full list of nominees within.

Congratulations to HBO and FX with the most network nominations, at 21 and 19 respectively.  Also special congratulations to AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM for tying BIG BANG THEORY for the most nominations for a single show (at 6).  GAME OF THRONES was nominated for Best Drama Series (which it totally deserves to win).  Both TIMOTHY OLYPHANT (JUSTIFIED) and ANDREW LINCOLN (THE WALKING DEAD) received nominations for best actor in a drama series, although I would suppose that BRYAN CRANSTON or KEVIN SPACEY would win that category for BREAKING BAD or HOUSE OF CARDS.  VERA FARMIGA was deservedly nominated for best female in a drama series for BATES MOTEL.

With the nomination timeframe being based on shows aired between June 1st 2012 and May 31st 2013, I can honestly say that I’m surprised about the HANNIBAL snub.

Important to note that submissions are still being accepted for the “Most Exciting New Series” category, so critics: please nominate the bejeezus out of HANNIBAL!!!

Head inside for more analysis, a full list of nominees plus MIDWEST MARK’S predictions.

Supporting actors included WALTON GOGGINS for JUSTIFIED and NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU for GAME OF THRONES who should totally clean up that category.  The actress nominations included EMILIA CLARKE for GAME OF THRONES.  Based on this season, she should easily win against the competition.

Sad to say that PATTON OSWALT did not get nominated as a guest performer on JUSTIFIED, although he did get a nod for his nerdy filibuster on PARKS AND REC.  For my money, I hope that JIMMY SMITS picks up the award for his terrific role on SONS OF ANARCHY.

It’s good to see AMERICAN HORROR STORY get so much recognition, even though last season was not nearly as good as the first.  Hopefully picking up a win or two will justify many more seasons of the innovative horror anthology.

Finally, Best Animated Series pits ADVENTURE TIME up against ARCHER, PHINEAS AND FERB, REGULAR SHOW, THE SIMPSONS and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.  Although MIDWEST MIKE will be rooting for ARCHER for sure, I’m secretly crossing my fingers for a win by my guilty pleasure ADVENTURE TIME.  After all, THE SIMPSONS hasn’t been relevant for at least ten years.

Here are the nominations in their entirety.  My predictions are bolded.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
• Louie – FX
• The Middle – ABC
• New Girl – FOX
• Parks and Recreation – NBC
• Veep – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime
• Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX
• Jake Johnson (New Girl) – FOX
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) – ABC

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 
• Laura Dern (Enlightened) – HBO
• Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) – FOX
• Lena Dunham (Girls) – HBO
• Sutton Foster (Bunheads) – ABC Family
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO
• Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – no opinion here
• Max Greenfield (New Girl) – FOX
• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Alex Karpovsky (Girls) – HBO
• Adam Pally (Happy Endings) – ABC
• Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Danny Pudi (Community) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY 
• Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) – ABC
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) – ABC
• Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC
• Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) – ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES 
• Melissa Leo (Louie) – FX
• David Lynch (Louie) – FX
• Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Molly Shannon (Enlightened) – HBO
• Patrick Wilson (Girls) – HBO

BEST DRAMA SERIES
• The Americans – FX
• Breaking Bad – AMC
• Downton Abbey – PBS
Game of Thrones – HBO
• The Good Wife – CBS
• Homeland – Showtime

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Damian Lewis (Homeland) – Showtime
• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – AMC
• Timothy Olyphant (Justified) – FX
• Matthew Rhys (The Americans) – FX
• Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) – Netflix

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
• Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) – AMC
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Michael Cudlitz (Southland) – TNT
• Noah Emmerich (The Americans) – FX
• Walton Goggins (Justified) – FX
• Corey Stoll (House of Cards) – Netflix

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) – Showtime
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Regina King (Southland) – TNT
• Monica Potter (Parenthood) – NBC
• Abigail Spencer (Rectify) – Sundance

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jim Beaver (Justified) – FX
• Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) – HBO
• Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) – HBO
Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) – FX

BEST MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES – unfortunately with the buzz that BEHIND THE CANDELABRA has been getting in Cannes, I don’t think I can side with AHS here…
• American Horror Story: Asylum – FX
Behind the Candelabra – HBO
• The Crimson Petal and the White – Encore
• The Hour – BBC America
• Political Animals – USA
• Top of the Lake – Sundance

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade’s End) – HBO
• Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
• Toby Jones (The Girl) – HBO
• Al Pacino (Phil Spector) – HBO
• Dominic West (The Hour) – BBC America

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta) – Lifetime
• Romola Garai (The Hour) – BBC America
• Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End) – HBO
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) – USA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) – USA
• David Wenham (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) – Sundance

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) – USA
• Sienna Miller (The Girl) – HBO
• Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Lily Rabe (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Imelda Staunton (The Girl) – HBO
• Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias) – Lifetime

BEST REALITY SERIES
Duck Dynasty – A&E
• The Moment – USA
• Pawn Stars – History Channel
• Push Girls – Sundance
• Small Town Security – AMC
• Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan – BBC America

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION 
• Chopped – Food Network
• Face Off – Syfy
• Shark Tank – ABC
• So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
• Survivor – CBS
The Voice – NBC

BEST REALITY HOST – I don’t watch these shows, so no opinion to speak of…

• Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) – ABC

• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) – FOX

• Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef) – FOX
• RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race) – Logo
• Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – FOX
• Kurt Warner (The Moment) – USA

BEST TALK SHOW
• Conan – TBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
• The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Brothers Television Distribution
• Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
• Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
• Marie – Hallmark Channel

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
• Archer – FX
• Phineas and Ferb – Disney Channel
• Regular Show – Cartoon Network
• The Simpsons – FOX
• Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network

Agree?  Disagree?  Commentary welcome.

9 Comments on 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominations are In!

  1. Millerkiller // May 23, 2013 at 8:47 am //

    Good nominees this year. I agree with MOST of your selections but a few to dispute..

    Best Animated series -Definitely Archer!
    Reality host- Has to be Gordon Ramsey….I mean how can a host that is funny and swears and belittles the contestants not win this category!
    Talk show- I love the Daily show, but feel like Ellen will win.
    Best Actor Drama- Any one of them deserve to win, but it will probably be Bryan Cranston.

    • Midwest Mark // May 23, 2013 at 9:07 am //

      Midwest Miller!

      Good god, I need to start watching Archer.

      Gordon Ramsey has alot of detractors out there, or I probably would have picked him on a whim. We’ll see how he fares.

      The Daily Show is usually ‘critically acclaimed’ status, so I figured it was a safe bet. Though Ellen is ‘good’ by way of talk shows too, so it will probably be a toss up.

      With best actor, I figured that Breaking Bad was wrapping up soon so it would be a more-or-less final nod to the extreme popularity of the show that I’ve never watched 🙂

      • How have you never watched Breaking Bad? This show is right up your alley – guns, senseless violence, and chemistry (I needed 3 so I just kind of put that last one in there). Utterly shocking to me that you haven’t seen this show. Go watch the first couple episodes on Netlix and if you don’t like them I will start watching Game of Thrones as punishment.

      • Oh, and Archer isn’t that funny. It’s kind of Dumb and Dumber humor.

        • Millerkiller // May 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm //

          I….am….confused Mo. You say Archer isn’t that funny, but then say its kind of Dumb and Dumber humor, so that means it therefore is funny…..I Like it ALOT! 😛

          • That’s my bad, I just assumed that all fans of dumb and dumber either had too much brain damage from all the drugs they did to find that movie funny or were living in their mom’s basement and didn’t know her wifi password and therefore wouldn’t see the insult. You know what happens when you assume.

            • Millerkiller // May 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm //

              Ouch, that’s a little rough. Hate to know your thoughts on, “dude what does mine say? Sweet!”

              Also on a sidenote, Midwest Mark did you make any errors in the nominees? I only ask because I’m surprised 2 Broke Girls isn’t up for Best Comedy! :p

        • Midwest Mike // May 26, 2013 at 11:34 am //

          Archer isn’t that funny? You had to make that comment just to make me mad because you can’t be serious with that comment.

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