[WATCH] Critics’ Choice TV Awards nominations preview: Crowded categories make for competitive races

Nominations for the 7th Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be announced on Monday (Nov. 14), a curiously early date for a set of awards with an eligibility period that runs through the end of the year. As Gold Derby contributor Amanda Spears remarks at the top of our video slugfest (watch above) in advance of the nominations, “It’s such an odd time to be first out of the gate — they’re not going to impact the Emmys; they’re not going to impact anything.”

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Indeed, the next Emmy nominations will not be known for another eight months and even the Golden Globe nominations will not be announced until Dec. 12. I concurred, “You could fill an entire ballot with shows that are airing in November that have content that was not taken into consideration” and cited new critical darlings “Atlanta,” “Better Things,” “The Crown,” “Insecure,” “This is Us” and “Westworld,” as well as incumbent Best Comedy Series nominees “Jane the Virgin” and “You’re the Worst” and reigning Best Drama Series nominee “Rectify.”

These awards, bestowed by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., used to be handed out in May and shared the June to May eligibility calendar of the Emmys. However, last year it was consolidated with the year-end Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The 6th Television nominations were announced simultaneous with those the 21st Movie nominations on Dec. 14, 2015, ahead of the Jan. 17, 2016 ceremony. The ceremony is moving up this year to Dec. 11, with the 22nd Movie nominations revealed on Dec. 1.

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One category that Amanda and I are keenly watching is Best Drama Actress. I presented six viable nomination possibilities in Shiri Appleby (“UnREAL”), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”) and Evan Rachel Woods (“Westworld”).

Amanda suggests three more: Catriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”). And there are three women in contention who have won this category: Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”). We agree this is such a deep field of contenders that the category could be filled twice over with awards worthy performances.

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