“American Gods” had a breakthrough at the Critics’ Choice Awards, whose nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, December 6. It earned three nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Ian McShane), and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Gillian Anderson). That’s a significant accomplishment for the Starz series, which is nominated alongside five already-established awards favorites in the top category: “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” and “This is Us.” This follows an Emmys season where the series was overlooked in top categories.
Based on a novel by Neil Gaiman (“Coraline”), “American Gods” follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who is released from prison only to be thrust into a war between old gods and modern deities like media and technology. McShane plays Mr. Wednesday, a mysterious man who hires Shadow during his mission to recruit other gods into his army. The series missed out on top Emmy categories, but it did earn a pair of nominations at the Creative Arts Awards: Best Main Title Design and Best Visual Effects.
In general, Starz hasn’t broken into many top categories at the Emmys, but the premium network has been more popular at the Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Awards. Fellow Starz fantasy series “Outlander” is up for Best Drama Actress (Caitriona Balfe) for the second time this year; Balfe has also been nominated for two Golden Globes. The Starz comedy series “Blunt Talk” earned Best Comedy Actor nominations for Patrick Stewart at both Critics’ Choice and the Globes in 2016. And before that the Starz drama “Boss” was up for Best Drama Actor (Kelsey Grammer) at both events in 2012, winning at the Globes.
“American Gods” is returning for a second season, though not without significant changes behind the scenes. It was recently announced that showrunners Michael Green (“Heroes”) and Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal”) have exited the series, so this will be the only chance for awards voters to honor their contributions to the show — your move, Golden Globes.
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