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BTJA Awards Critics' Choice TV Awards Ahead of Today's Emmy Nominations Ballot Deadline

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2014 at 11:54AM

Last night, "Orange Is the New Black" and "Fargo" took home most of the gold at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards--an important precursor to today's deadline for Emmy Awards ballots.
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Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"
Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"

Last night, "Orange Is the New Black" and "Fargo" took home most of the gold at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards--an important precursor to today's deadline for Emmy Awards nomination ballots (they are due by 10 PM Pacific).

Top honors went to "Breaking Bad" for Best Drama Series and "Orange Is the New Black" for Best Comedy Series.  "OITNB" also took home a Best Supporting Actress award for Kate Mulgrew and Best Guest Performer for Uzo Aduba.  

"Fargo" was lauded with the Best Mini-Series award, as well as acting honors for Billy Bob Thornton--who beat favorite Mark Ruffalo for "The Normal Heart"-- and Allison Tolman.  The BTJA this year made two separate categories for Best Mini-Series and Best Movie, which allowed "The Normal Heart" to nab the latter award.  Matt Bomer also received an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for his role in the HBO AIDS drama.

FX was the most awarded network, with five wins, followed by HBO with four.  Here's the complete list of the major winners from last night's gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel:

  • Best Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black(Netflix)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons,The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: TIE Allison Janney, Mom (CBS) and Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Best Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Bellamy Young, Scandal (ABC)
  • Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  • Best Movie: The Normal Heart (HBO)
  • Best Mini-series: Fargo (FX)
  • Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)
  • Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)
  • Best Reality Series: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)
  • Best Reality-Competition Series: Shark Tank(ABC)
  • Best Reality Series Host: Neil deGrasse Tyson,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)
  • Best Talk Show: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Best Animated Series: Archer (FX)
  • Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award: Ryan Murphy
  • Most Exciting New Series:
    • Extant (CBS)
    • Gotham (FOX)
    • Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
    • The Leftovers (HBO)
    • Outlander (Starz)
    • Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
    • The Strain (FX)

This article is related to: Critics' Choice Awards, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, FX, HBO, Breaking Bad, Television, Television, Broadcast Film Critics Association, True Detective, The Normal Heart


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.