'Big Bang Theory,' 'Breaking Bad' Pick Up Big Wins at Critics Choice Awards
Have we passed the point when multi-camera sitcoms were considered the salmon and Gatorade to single-camera series' night cheese? Seems that might be the case. With critical darling 30 Rock off the air and Modern Family hitting a creative slump, the Critics Choice Awards instead honored Big Bang Theory, an audience favorite that's failed in recent years to get awards attention outside of leading man Jim Parsons.
But at Monday's Beverly Hills event — which was hosted by the star of another single-camera series, Parks and Recreation — Big Bang picked up Best Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Simon Helberg) and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kaley Cuoco, who tied in the category with The Middle's Eden Sher). Surprisingly, Parsons was beaten out by the most untraditional of sitcom stars, Louie's Louis C.K.
The Best Drama category fittingly led to a dramatic tie, with both Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones picking up honors. Props to Critics Choice, however, for making a less obvious choice in their Best Actress in a Drama Series category, honoring newbie Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black.
As for the night's other winners? Big Bang and Breaking Bad couldn't pick up everything. See the full list below!
BEST COMEDY SERIESWINNER: The Big Bang Theory LouieThe MiddleNew GirlParks and RecreationVeep
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIESDon Cheadle (House of Lies)WINNER: Louis C.K. (Louie)Jake Johnson (New Girl)Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Laura Dern (Enlightened) Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)Lena Dunham (Girls)Sutton Foster (Bunheads)WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIESMax Greenfield (New Girl) WINNER: Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) Alex Karpovsky (Girls) Adam Pally (Happy Endings) Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) Danny Pudi (Community)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDYCarly Chaikin (Suburgatory)WINNER: Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) WINNER: Eden Sher (The Middle) Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES Melissa Leo (Louie) David Lynch (Louie) Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)WINNER: Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) Molly Shannon (Enlightened)Patrick Wilson (Girls)
BEST DRAMA SERIESThe AmericansWINNER: Breaking BadDownton AbbeyWINNER: Game of ThronesThe Good Wife Homeland
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) Damian Lewis (Homeland) Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) Timothy Olyphant (Justified) Matthew Rhys (The Americans) Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESClaire Danes (Homeland)Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) WINNER: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) Keri Russell (The Americans)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIESJonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)WINNER: Michael Cudlitz (Southland)Noah Emmerich (The Americans) Walton Goggins (Justified) Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESJennifer Carpenter (Dexter)Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) Regina King (Southland) WINNER: Monica Potter (Parenthood) Abigail Spencer (Rectify)
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIESJim Beaver (Justified)WINNER: Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife)Carrie Preston (The Good Wife)Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy)
BEST MOVIE OR MINISERIESAmerican Horror Story: AsylumWINNER: Behind the CandelabraThe Crimson Petal and the White The Hour Political Animals Top of the Lake
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINISERIESBenedict Cumberbatch (Parade's End) Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) WINNER: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)Toby Jones (The Girl) Al Pacino (Phil Spector) Dominic West (The Hour)
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINISERIESAngela Bassett (Betty & Coretta)Romola Garai (The Hour) Rebecca Hall (Parade's End) Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) WINNER: Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINISERIESJames Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum)Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake)WINNER: Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) David Wenham (Top of the Lake)Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINISERIESEllen Burstyn (Political Animals) Sienna Miller (The Girl) WINNER: Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) Lily Rabe (American Horror Story: Asylum) Imelda Staunton (The Girl)Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
BEST REALITY SERIES WINNER: Duck Dynasty The Moment Pawn Stars WINNER: Push Girls Small Town SecurityWild Things with Dominic Monaghan
BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION Chopped Face OffShark Tank So You Think You Can Dance SurvivorWINNER: The Voice
BEST REALITY HOST WINNER: Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef) RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) Kurt Warner (The Moment)
BEST TALK SHOWConan WINNER: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jimmy Kimmel Live!Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Marie
BEST ANIMATED SERIESAdventure Time WINNER: ArcherPhineas and Ferb Regular ShowThe Simpsons Star Wars: The Clone Wars