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The Critics’ Choice Television Awards shower HBO with nominations

Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge

What is it about HBO that makes it attract accolades like some kind of accolade magnet? Is it just cool to like HBO, and someday things will cycle around and it’ll be cool to like, say, NBC? Or is HBO really just that good at everything it does? Whatever the answer is, it’s not for us to decide. It’s for the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and its Critics’ Choice Television Awards to decide, and this year, it’s sticking with the idea that everything HBO does is great by giving it a total of 27 nominations. Most of those nominations went to Olive Kitteridge, with Veep, Bessie, The Comeback, Girls, Game Of Thrones, and Silicon Valley picking up a lot of the others.


To be fair, HBO could lose every award it’s up for, even if that’s statistically unlikely. In the event that something so strange happens, a handful of other shows were also nominated for awards. You’re The Worst, Transparent, Broad City, Mom, and Jane The Virgin will battle Veep and Silicon Valley for Best Comedy Series, with The Americans, Empire, The Good Wife, Homeland, Justified, and Orange Is The New Black trying to prevent Game Of Thrones from taking Best Drama Series. Two of the only categories that HBO isn’t in at all are Best Reality Series and Best Reality Competition Series, but that’s only because HBO hasn’t debuted a prestigious take on The Bachelor yet.

The awards ceremony will be held on May 31, and the full list of nominees is below.


Best Comedy Series

Broad City

Jane The Virgin


Silicon Valley



You’re The Worst

Best Actor In A Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Chris Messina, The Mindy Project

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth

Best Actress In A Comedy Series

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Constance Wu, Fresh Off The Boat

Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin

Ilana Glazer, Broad City

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Adam Driver, Girls

Cameron Monaghan, Shameless

Jaime Camil, Jane The Virgin

T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Allison Janney, Mom

Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia

Eden Sher, The Middle

Judith Light, Transparent

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness

Best Guest Performer In A Comedy Series

Becky Ann Baker, Girls

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer

Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory

Peter Gallagher, Togetherness

Susie Essman, Broad City

Best Movie Made For Television


Killing Jesus


A Poet In New York

Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Best Limited Series

24: Live Another Day

American Crime

The Book Of Negroes

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Best Actor In A Movie Or Limited Series

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

James Nesbitt, The Missing

Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Best Actress In A Movie Or Limited Series

Aunjanue Ellis, The Book Of Negroes

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Supporting Actor In A Movie Or Limited Series

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Cory Michael Smith, Olive Kitteridge

Elvis Nolasco, American Crime

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Jason Isaacs, Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Jonathan Pryce, Wolf Hall

Best Supporting Actress In A Movie Or Limited Series

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Cynthia Nixon, Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman

Khandi Alexander, Bessie

Mo’Nique, Bessie

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Best Drama Series

The Americans


Game Of Thrones

The Good Wife



Orange Is The New Black

Best Actress In A Drama Series

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Keri Russell, The Americans

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Best Actor In Drama Series

Aden Young, Rectify

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Charlie Hunnam, Sons Of Anarchy

Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Carrie Coon, The Leftovers

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Joelle Carter, Justified

Katheryn Winnick, Vikings

Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is The New Black

Mae Whitman, Parenthood

Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers

Craig T. Nelson, Parenthood

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Walton Goggins, Justified

Guest Performer In A Drama Series

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Julianne Nicholson, Masters Of Sex

Linda Lavin, The Good Wife

Lois Smith, The Americans

Sam Elliott, Justified

Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy

Best Reality Series

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Deadliest Catch

Married At First Sight


Shark Tank

Undercover Boss

Best Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race

America’s Got Talent

Dancing With The Stars

Face Off

Master Chef Junior

The Voice

Best Reality Series Host

Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

James Lipton, Inside The Actors Studio

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

Best Animated Series


Bob’s Burgers

Gravity Falls

The Simpsons

South Park

Star Wars: Rebels

Best Talk Show

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

The Graham Norton Show

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


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