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By Tim O'Brien     Jun 11, 2013 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - Not to lead to confusion or anything, or maybe to do just that, the Broadcast Television Journalist Association has handed out their TV winners. But, the Television Critics Association has also handed out their nominations. Those can wait for now.
All of this in the heels of the Emmy nominations, which will be announced July 28. Those Emmy ballots are out now so voters are making their decisions. So, make no mistake about it, timing matters. Sometimes the critics can get in the way while other times, they play a role in letting the audience know about certain shows or movies.
But, with the glut of awards, some need to be retired. The overlap and the abundance can be downright confusing. With these awards, they will throw in those curve balls on purpose. A critics circle can get momentum going for an unknown show or performer. In what are like political talking points, once one broadcaster or writer gets wind of something (via a press release), it quickly spreads. So, in an effort to be unique, they often just muddy up the process.
A couple takeaways from the list is that "Behind the Candelabra" won as did Michael Douglas as Liberace. Now, this was just shown on TV, so many ballots were not handed in until after that was shown? Or most likely they voted on it long before it aired.
Meanwhile, it was nice to see the love for "The Big Bang Theory." The love for broadcast network television shows is hard to come by. It was also nice to see Monica Potter wins for "Parenthood," which could just be the best show in TV that nobody is watching.
It was also a year when the Sundance Channel won two with Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake" and "Push Girls." Bob Newhart was given the Icon Award.
For a list of the nominees head here. The winners of what are called The Critics' Choice Television Awards are:
Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Simon Helberg, "The Big Bang Theory"
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kaley Cuoco, "The Big Bang Theory" and Eden Sher, "The Middle" - a tie
Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Patton Oswalt, "Parks and Recreation"
Drama Series
" Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" - a tie
Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Actress in a Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Cudlitz, "Southland"
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Monica Potter, "Parenthood"
Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Jane Fonda, "The Newsroom"
Reality Series
"Duck Dynasty" and "Push Girls" - a tie
Reality Series Competition
"The Voice"
Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"
Talk Show
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
Animated Series
"Behind the Candelabra"
Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"
Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake"
Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Zachary Quinto, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
This organization does have a movie wing as well, which is much older than the TV awards. As for the TV awards, this was the third time for them, which means they really did not have to start them up.
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