“The Leftovers” surprised by scoring a record six Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations for Best Drama Series and five performers. That is the most of any drama series in the six-year history of these prizes bestowed by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. We had written off the awards prospects for this HBO series after it was shut out at the Emmys and Golden Globes and managed just two nominations from the BTJA for the first season. However, the second season generated a rapturous response from critics and was on many of their year-end top-ten lists.
Among the six bids is Carrie Coon for Best Actress. She was not among our 17 contenders for a nomination in that category — for good reason. The BTJA had nominated her in supporting last year and her role this season did not warrant a promotion. Indeed, she was wholly absent from three of the 10 episodes and clocked under three minutes of screen time in two others. She is billed seventh in the credits and even her most dominant episode is the one that Regina King should submit if she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Emmys.
But the BTJA has never nominated more than two performances from a single series in the same category. And Coon was the logical choice for a promotion as Supporting Actress nominees King and Ann Dowd appeared in just five and four episodes respectively.
Whenever a program has led its genre in nominations, it has won at least one award. We are predicting Dowd will prevail over, among others, King. After all, the BTJA snubbed King last year for her supporting performance in the limited series “American Crime” last year, which won her the Emmy. To be fair, they did cite her twice in this category for “Southland” while the Emmys never did. And if the votes for “The Leftovers” split between Dowd and King, Constance Zimmer from “UnReal” could win.
“The Leftovers” is considered a longshot to win in the top three categories, sitting at third for Best Drama Series with 16/1 odds and fourth for Best Actor (Justin Theroux) and Actress (Coon).
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Photo Credits: “The Leftovers” by HBO