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There's Hope For Award Shows Yet

Emmy voters, take heed
Emmy voters, take heed
Photo by Kevin Winter

When it was conceived of only four years ago, the Critic's Choice awards were live streamed over vhi.com. This year, they were aired on the CW and hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. If this trend continues, by the end of the decade, the Broadcast Critics might be as valid as an award shows as the Golden Globes. They're certainly as entertaining, and as an added bonus, they are a valid forum for shows that gives series like Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Broad City recognition they will not get from the Emmys.
But while it may be an honor just to be nominated, it's nice to get recognized, and even though several winners elected not to attend, there were some pleasing trends that encourage me about awards in general. To wit:
They're color-blind. While Cedric the Entertainer joshed that with the exception of Scandal and Orange is the New Black, all he saw were white people, the fact remains that ten of the nights nominees were African-Americans and two (Andre Braugher for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Uzo Aduye for Orange is the New Black) emerged victorious. This would be a pleasing trend that for many of the awards shows (last years Emmys, for example) one only saw two major nominees. Now I'm not saying they should nominate Keith David for Enlisted, but still, they're setting the bar higher than any other awards show.
FX may have life in it yet. Despite the fact that both The Americans and Louie were shut out, FX still led all networks with five victories, three of them for Fargo, which beat a crowded field for Best Mini-Series. They also deservedly gave Best Animated Series to Archer, leaving Aisha Tyler to give the most hysterical speech of the night.
Netflix can no longer be ignored: Orange is the New Black ,perhaps an uneasy fit in the comedy category nevertheless had the best night of any series, winning Best Comedy, Best Guest Performer for Aduye, and Kate Mulgrew tied for Best Supporting Actress. Now if we can just persuade the Emmy voters its a comedy, women will have lots of awards for years to come. Of course, some women don't need that much help, which is brings us to:
Allison Janney and Tatiana Maslany must be exhausted. A lot of nominees double dip at awards shows--- Martin Freeman and Walon Goggins did so here--- but Janney had a huge night, tying for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (for Mom), and taking best guest Performer in A Drama for Masters of Sex. (She also had the most ribald line when she won the latter: "I just came." ) Maslany plays so many roles on Orphan Black that once again the Broadcast Critics named her Best Actress in a Drama. Ignore her at your peril Emmy voters!
Three-peats are not conditional: Louie C.K. didn't win his third consecutive Best Actor in a Comedy, losing instead to Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. And Bryan Cranston was denied a final award losing to Matthew McConaughey for his brilliant role in True Detective. Of course, Julia Louis-Dreyfus may be starting a streak of her own, but still.
Breaking Bad cannot be stopped. And frankly, it shouldn't be. That's how you wrap a series, bitch! Oh, and congratulations to Aaron Paul, too.
Stay tuned to this column to see my choices for this years Emmys.