5 Things I Love About This Year Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominees
by Emily Wiggins
The sentence ‘Community Leads Critics’ Choice Awards‘ actually exists thanks to the members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. The critics are always being talked about because of their views and rapid attention towards certain shows that aren’t mainstream (Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Community) while the general public is watching more low brow entertainment. If a common television viewer looks at this list they will probably say more than once ‘I’ve never heard of that show.’ Thanks to the Critics Choice Television Awards some unkown shows and actors get the attention they deserved. Here are five things I loved about this years’ nominations:
- Every headline that reads ‘Community Leads Critics’ Choice Awards’: Community is usually named too obscure which is why it gets ignored by the Emmys every single year but the critics had their say in things and they highlighted it by awarding them 5 nominations. It probably won’t happen again. With only one member of Modern Family in the Supporting Actor category (Ty Burrell) it made a way for both Danny Pudi and Jim Rash who each had phenomenal performances this season. Hopefully this will give the show some good publicity and attention as NBC doesn’t seem to think it exists half the time. Kind of curious to see Joel McHale in the lead category. Does Joel submit in Lead for the Emmys or do they all bunch together in Supporting like most ensemble casts?
- Everyone in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category: I completely agree 100% with these 6 nominations for these women. Claire Danes, Julianna Marguiles, and Elisabeth Moss were lock-ins from the beginning with fantastic performances by all three of them. If I could give awards to all of them I would. Emmy Rossum in Shameless doesn’t get enough attention for her portrayal of Fiona. The final episodes were heartbreaking as she dealt with the reappearance of her mother while still trying to hold together her chaotic family. With the addition of Downton Abbey into the Best Drama category, Michelle Dockery’s quiet performance on the iTV1 drama is well added. Her storylines throughout the season dealing with her feelings for Matthew and trying to keep quiet her scandal earned her nomination completely. I can’t say much on Katey Segal but overall this might be one of the strongest categories this year.
- John Noble being included in the Supporting Actor category: Lately I’ve had an off-and-on relationship with Fringe but I know one thing: the acting on that show especially from Anna Torv and John Noble is phenomenal and some of the best. Especially in the later seasons when they’ve been playing 1-3 versions of their characters within one episode is truly striking on how much one person can control. Though I don’t think he’ll pick up the award this year he did win last year which is a true accomplishment for the show by itself. The ‘Walterirms‘ add to his character’s hilarity but it is the quiet moments of playing against himself that his nomination truly shows.
- Nick Offerman finally getting recognition as Ron Swanson: Finally. I was flabbergasted last year when he was without a nomination for his portrayal of the hard ass Ron Swanson. With Leslie’s campaign at the forefront, Offerman has been a great supporting player making us laugh at the little moments during talking heads. The fact that he didn’t get nominated with this scene last year is a travesty. His love of riddles might be one of my favorite B-plots or this season or a reappearance of a Tammy and Ron does something ridiculous puts Offerman high up on my list.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! included in Best Talk Show: Everyone has their own favorite talk show host and Kimmel is in the Top 5 for me. He completely deserved his recognition with stunts like ‘I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy’ and ‘This Week in Unnecessary Censorship’. His work on this years’ White House Correspondents Dinner was amusing and got some laughs. All the guests on his show tell hilarious stories and have a good time and he actually likes interviewing people unlike some hosts. If you need a good laugh watch him and Emily Blunt discuss their vacation to Hawaii with their respective partners. Or Christa Miller talking about some photos she took for her husband as Jimmy puts tape over her private parts. Kimmel is hosting this year’s Emmy Awards and we hope he’ll bring along some of his celebrity friends.