The first annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out today at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, hosted by Cat Deeley of “So You Think You Can Dance.” While many of the races went to previous Emmy champs, there were several surprises, most notably Supporting Drama Actor winner John Noble. The man who plays mad scientist Walter Bishop on “Fringe” is still waiting to receive his first Emmy nomination, but according to the broadcast television critics, he’s already a winner. See all of the CCTA champs here.
For die-hard fans of “Fringe,” this news couldn’t have come at a better time. Before Monday, John Noble’s work on the show had not been recognized by a major awards show, despite widespread critical acclaim. Last year, “Fringe” fans couldn’t take the agony anymore, so they created a Facebook campaign — “Give John Noble an Emmy For Walter Bishop” — which has attracted over 7,700 followers.
“Fringe” leading lady Anna Torv was also nominated, but she lost the Drama Actress race to Julianna Margulies (“The Good WIfe”) who was not present to accept the award. Like Noble, Torv has yet to be recognized by the TV academy.
“Fringe” has fallen victim to the Emmy bias against series with sci-fi or fantasy elements. In fact, only one such series has ever taken the top award: “Lost” (2005). That show also succeeded on the acting front, with both Terry O’Quinn (2007) and Michael Emerson (2009) winning Supporting Drama Actor, which is the same category in which Noble is vying. Even though “Fringe” remains a long-shot for a series bid, the opening for Noble is starting to widen just a bit.
If Noble is nominated on July 14, he has a plethora of episodes from which to choose his submission to the Emmy judging panel. When Gold Derby’s Rob Licuria interviewed Noble last month, the actor said that the episodes of which he’s most proud of are “The Firefly,” “Bloodline” and “Marionette.”
Watch John Noble’s CCTA acceptance speech here: