Gold Derby was behind the scenes at the 4th annual edition of the Critics’ Choice Awards and we’re just itching to reveal four juicy secrets about the ceremony that you won’t hear anywhere else.
1. Boos for ‘Breaking Bad’
When “Orange is the New Black” won Best Comedy Series, a handful of actresses (Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon and Danielle Brooks) took the stage to accept the award on behalf of the cast and crew. It was not the same story with Best Drama Series winner “Breaking Bad,” which we had predicted to prevail. Not a single cast member — not even Best Drama Supporting Actor winner Aaron Paul — was on hand to accept the trophy. Instead, the audience was confused and upset that producer Mark Johnson was the sole representative from this buzzed-about series.
2. Only one standing ovation
Despite a list of impressive winners including Oscar champs Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective“) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo“) as well as repeat Drama Actress champ Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“), only one person — Ryan Murphy — merited a standing ovation from an audience comprised of TV critics and rival nominees. When the creator of the “American Horror Story” franchise and “Glee” and director of “The Normal Heart” received the prestigious Genius Award, he joked about trying to get out of this honor after the negative reaction on Twitter.
3. Allison Janney killed — twice
Forget McConaughey’s uplifting speech about the quality of television, everyone was buzzing about Allison Janney‘s two hilarious speeches that stole the show. After her Drama Guest Performer win for playing a sexually frustrated woman on “Masters of Sex,” she said with a smile, “I just came.” Later in the evening when she claimed Comedy Supporting Actress for “Mom,” she winked that it was the “climax” of her career. While these jokes may have gone over the heads of the typical CW viewers, for the mostly middle-aged, male critics in the audience, she was the highlight of the evening. (Take a look at both her saucy speeches at the bottom of this post.)
4. One tie is better than four
Gold Derby talked to a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., which bestows these prizes, about the large number of ties in the first three years of these kudos. He responded, “There was only one tie this year, compared to four last year!” We’ll agree that one tie is better than four, but we’d prefer that number get down to zero. (This year’s tie was in Comedy Supporting Actress where Janney shared the prize with Kate Mulgrew from “Orange is the New Black”).