'UnREAL' Star Constance Zimmer Won a Critics' Choice Awards For Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series & It's A Well-Deserved Surprise

You guys, I’m so excited. UnREAL, my favorite show of the summer—nay, the year—has finally picked up some well-deserved recognition at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Constance Zimmer brought home an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and though it was a little bit of a shock, Zimmer absolutely deserved this award. It’s a shock not because she didn’t earn it but because I didn’t really expect a show on Lifetime to get recognized as such brilliance. The award took Zimmer by complete surprise also, as she could barely hold it together in her acceptance speech.

For those of you who don’t watch UnREAL, why? Go watch it. But for those of you who haven’t seen it, it shows the behind the scenes action of a fictional Bachelor­ -esque reality series called Everlasting —Zimmer plays show runner Quinn—and the lengths that the contestants will go to get the guy and the producers will go to make compelling and successful television. Basically everyone on the show is completely toxic, and Zimmer gives a nuanced and amazing performance every single episode. In her acceptance Speech, Zimmer thanked costar Shiri Appleby (she plays Quinn’s right-hand producer, Rachel), creators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and, of course her family and friends.

UnREAL has already been picked up for a second season, set to premiere later this year, and I hope that the Critics’ Choice Award Zimmer took home will bring even more people to stream it, catch up, and then tune in for the next round of Bachelor­-esque craziness. Offbeat shows on networks like Lifetime (which I actually think is a perfect fit for the dramatic reputation that Lifetime has) need more eyes to stay on the air, and awards certainly help get people to watch.