What do the Critics’ Choice TV Awards mean for the Emmys?

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association threw a lot of surprises into the mix this week at their third annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards, but what (if anything) do these shockeroos mean for the upcoming Emmys?

Unexpected wins by Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“) in Drama Lead ActressMichael Cudlitz (“Southland“) in Drama Supporting Actor and Eden Sher (“The Middle“) in Comedy Supporting Actress may not be enough to boost their Emmy hopes. These out-there choices are examples of the critics just going with their favorites and throwing caution out the window.

For those on the cusp of receiving an Emmy nod, a CCTA win may be just what the doctor ordered.

Even though Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory“) — who tied with Sher for Comedy Supporting Actress — currently comes in eighth place in our Emmy poll and her Comedy Supporting Actor co-star Simon Helberg is in ninth, their wins with the BTJA could help them over the hurdle to receiving their first Emmy bids.

It’s that extra amount of buzz these two needed, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as Emmy ballots were just revealed on Monday.

When it comes to the strangeness of some of the BTJA voting habits, Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil noted, “Last year the critics’ kudos tipped us off that ‘Homeland‘ was a juggernaut aimed at Emmydom, but, alas, their comedy champ ‘Community‘ wasn’t even nommed for comedy series by TV academy voters.”

The Big Bang Theory” won Best Comedy Series this year, while “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” tied for Best Drama Series. All three, along with Movie/Mini victor “Behind the Candelabra,” are expected to be strong contenders at the Emmys, so there was no real shocker in the major races.

Earlier this week we posed the question about whether James Cromwell would receive his first-ever Emmy award in the Movie/Mini Supporting Actor race. However, the TV journos decided that his “American Horror Story: Asylum” co-star Zachary Quinto was more deserving.

In a case like this — where an Emmy category has no true leader — winning some of the precusor awards leading up to the big show is a way to help shape a frontrunner. It also doesn’t hurt that Quinto — who received wild applause as he took to the podium — is a big movie star now thanks to the summer blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Find out if the Critics’ Choice TV Awards have any influence on the Emmys when those nominations are revealed July 18. Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 65th Primetime Emmys on CBS Sept. 22.

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