Critics’ Choice TV Awards shockers: ‘The Americans,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ Taraji P. Henson, Amy Schumer …

As it does at the Emmys, HBO dominated the Critics’ Choice TV Awards announced on Sunday. The paycaster’s programming won seven of 27 bids, including, as expected, Best TV Movie for “Bessie” and Best Limited Series for “Olive Kitteridge.” And it also claimed Comedy Series, but not for its long-running hit “Veep”. Rather, it was the sophomore season of “Silicon Valley” that took that prize. (Click here for the complete list of winners.)

Silicon Valley” also won Comedy Supporting Actor (T.J. Miller) while “Olive Kitteridge” also claimed Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Frances McDormand) and Supporting Actor (Bill Murray). In additon, David Oyelowo won Best Movie/Limited Series Actor for the HBO telefilm “Nightingale.”

It was also a good night for FX, with its period piece “The Americans” winning Best Drama over, among others, “The Good Wife” and “Game of Thrones.” The fourth installment of its “American Horror Story” anthology, “Freak Show,” took Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress (Sarah Paulson). The sixth and final season of its crime drama “Justified” prevailed with one of its five bids (Guest Drama Performer, Sam Elliott). And “Archer” was named Best Animated Series for the fourth year in a row.

Last year, AMC did well here with the final season of “Breaking Bad” and this year it saw the spin-off “Better Call Saul” pull off upsets in both Drama Actor (Bob Odenkirk) and Supporting Actor (Jonathan Banks). We had been predicting that “Justified” players Timothy Olyphant and Walter Goggins would win those races. 

Taraji P. Henson, star of the FOX ratings juggernaut “Empire,” did the same in Drama Actress edging out the heavily favored Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”). 

Critics’ Choice TV Awards: Complete list of winners

As at the Emmys, Critics’ Choice moved “Orange is the New Black” from comedy into drama despite it having won the top laffer award last year as well as two of its other three races. This time it was limited to two nominations — Best Drama and Supporting Actress (Lorraine Toussaint) — and won only the latter.

As expected, “Transparent” won two of its four races: Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Comedy Guest (Bradley Whitford). Likewise, as we predicted Allison Janney repeated as Comedy Supporting Actress for “Mom.” However, Comedy Actress went to longshot Amy Schumer for the sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer.”

Shark Tank” repeated as Best Reality Series while the Best Reality Competition Series winner was “Face Off.” And Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) picked up a bookend to her 2012 Best Reality Host trophy. Likewise, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won its third Best Talk Show award. 

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