The Television Critics’ Association 2014 Awards are announced and the winners are…
The Television Critics Association (TCA) recognized the top programs and actors of the 2013-2014 television season tonight, at its 30th Annual TCA Awards presentation. The prestigious organization’s event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, and emceed by Terry Crews, star of FOX’s hit precinct sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine..”
The results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. The winners represented an eclectic blend of shows and stars in 12 categories, putting the spotlight on the best of the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news, and youth programming.
Highlights included AMC’s celebrated drug drama “Breaking Bad” winning Program of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Netflix’s freshman prison dramedy, “Orange is the New Black,” taking home honors for Outstanding New Program.
HBO emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners, thanks to its gritty crime drama “True Detective,” which won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while star Matthew McConaughey was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for his portrayal of Rust Cohle.
Monsters and Critics’ voted for and loved this tale written by New Orleans native and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, a visceral crime drama that focuses on a pair of homicide detectives in various moments in time set in Louisiana on the trail of grisly murder, mayhem and cryptic danger that spans 17 years.
Featuring the music of T Bone Burnett and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the series began in 1995 as Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and his Texas-born partner, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), are called to the scene of a gruesome, ritualistic killing of a young woman, who was posed by a tree, adorned with deer antlers on her head and accompanied by strange symbols.
Cut to 2012, Hart and Cohle are now being individually interrogated by another pair of detectives (Tory Kittles, Michael Potts) who are investigating a case that has unsettling similarities to the one before. In between is a glimpse of 2002, when Hart and Cohle struggled to deal with their inner demons in separate but equally destructive ways. It was chilling and well played by all.
HBO’s raucous “Veep” also earned the network even more accolades, as the politically charged series tied with FX’s critical darling “Louie” for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category.
When the HBO comedy premiered back in 2012, “Veep” saw Vice President Selina Meyer dealing with a life in politics and the politics of her life. Created by Armando Iannucci, who created the British political farce “The Thick of It” and the film “In the Loop,” “Veep” always felt like Selina would seek the presidency at some point, and season 3’s plot on the campaign trail foreshadowed this shift. Then the two-part finale had Selina appointed president when the commander in chief resigned to take care of his ailing wife. It was a must-see moment:
Additionally, CBS’ “The Good Wife” received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama; Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming; ABC Family’s “The Fosters” earned Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming; and the FOX/National Geographic Channel docuseries “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” received top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.
The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award upon NBC’s long-running late-night sketch comedy program “Saturday Night Live,” for the cultural and social impact it has had on society, and presented prolific award-winning director/writer/producer James Burrows with a Career Achievement Award for his legendary role in creating some of the most groundbreaking and influential TV programming over the course of three decades.
“This was truly a monumental year — not just for television, but for our organization, as a whole,” said Scott D. Pierce, TCA President and TV critic for The Salt Lake Tribune. “These winners truly are the absolute best of the best, and they could not be more deserving of the awards they’ve earned tonight. But, the real stars are our members, who have worked so tirelessly to make the Television Critics Association the highly respected and influential entity that it is today. Without them, none of this would have been possible. I’m excited to see what the next 30 years has in store for us.”
2014 TCA Award recipients are as follows:
• Individual Achievement in Drama: Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective,” HBO)
• Individual Achievement in Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
• Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (FOX and National Geographic Channel)
• Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGO)
• Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “The Fosters” (ABC Family)
• Outstanding New Program: “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “True Detective” (HBO)
• Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “The Good Wife” (CBS)
• Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “Veep” (HBO) and “Louie” (FX)
• Career Achievement Award: James Burrows
• Heritage Award: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC) – second consecutive