Big Bang, Fargo, The Good Wife, Masters of Sex, The Normal Heart Lead 2014 Critics Choice Nominations

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The critics have spoken, and they remain enamored with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife and have taken a shine to FX’s Fargo and Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

Nominations for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday morning, and the four series — as well as HBO’s Ryan Murphy-helmed AIDS pic The Normal Heart — scored a leading five nods apiece.

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In addition to securing one of the six best comedy series slots, Big Bang saw four of its actors recognized: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik and guest star James Earl Jones. The Good Wife, meanwhile, scored nominations for best drama, lead actress Julianna Margulies, supporting players Christine Baranski and Josh Charles and guest actress Carrie Preston.

Coming off its acclaimed rookie season, Masters of Sex landed nominations for best drama series, leading actor Michael Sheen, leading actress Lizzy Caplan and guest players Allison Janney and Beau Bridges.

Janney, whose supporting work in CBS’ Mom was also recognized, was one of three actors to snag dual nods, joining Walton Goggins (Justified and Sons of Anarchy) and Martin Freeman (Fargo and Sherlock).

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Other series landing multiple nominations include The Americans, Orange Is the New Black, Breaking Bad, True Detective and Sherlock.

Three recently cancelled series — ABC’s Trophy Wife, CBS’ The Crazy Ones and Fox’s Enlisted — received one nod apiece.

First-time nominees include The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina, Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer, Inside Amy Schumer‘s Amy Schumer, Shameless‘ Jeremy Allen White, Looking‘s Lauren Weedman, Hannibal‘s Hugh Dancy, Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore, The Walking Dead‘s Melissa McBride and Scandal‘s Bellamy Young.

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association — of which TVLine’s Michael Ausiello serves on the executive committee and Matt Webb Mitovich is a member — will announce the winners at a June 19 awards gala broadcast live on The CW at 8/7c. Cedric the Entertainer will serve as host.

Scan the complete list of nominations below and then hit the comments and let us know what you think!

BEST COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory 
Broad City 
Louie 
Orange Is the New Black 
Silicon Valley 
Veep 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louis CK, Louie
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project 
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley 
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory 
Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation 
Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ilana Glazer, Broad City 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs 
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer 
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation 
Emmy Rossum, Shameless 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 
Keith David, Enlisted 
Tony Hale, Veep
Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife 
Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley 
Jeremy Allen White, Shameless 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory 
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black 
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory 
Allison Janney, Mom 
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black 
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie 

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black 
Sarah Baker, Louie 
James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory 
Mimi Kennedy, Mom 
Andrew Rannells, Girls 
Lauren Weedman, Looking 

BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Americans 
Breaking Bad 
Game of Thrones 
The Good Wife 
Masters of Sex 
True Detective 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Dancy, Hannibal 
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel 
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective 
Matthew Rhys, The Americans 
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex 
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel 
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black 
Keri Russell, The Americans 
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Josh Charles, The Good Wife 
Walton Goggins, Justified 
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad 
Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing 
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan 
Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife 
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad 
Annet Mahendru, The Americans 
Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead 
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy 
Bellamy Young, Scandal 

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex 
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy 
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex 
Joe Morton, Scandal 
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife 
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones 

BEST MOVIE
An Adventure in Space and Time 
Burton and Taylor 
Killing Kennedy 
The Normal Heart 
Sherlock: His Last Vow 
The Trip to Bountiful 

BEST MINI-SERIES
American Horror Story: Coven 
Bonnie & Clyde 
Dancing on the Edge 
Fargo 
The Hollow Crown 
Luther 

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time 
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge 
Martin Freeman, Fargo 
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart 
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor 
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero 
Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short 
Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven 
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart 
Warren Brown, Luther 
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow 
Colin Hanks, Fargo 
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart 
Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow 
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven 
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic 
Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time 
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart 
Allison Tolman, Fargo 

BEST REALITY SERIES
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 
Deadliest Catch 
Duck Dynasty 
Mythbusters 
Top Gear 
Undercover Boss 

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION
The Amazing Race 
Project Runway 
Shark Tank 
Survivor 
Top Chef 
The Voice 

BEST REALITY HOST
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars 
Carson Daly, The Voice 
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance 
Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef 
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race 
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 

BEST TALK SHOW
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 
The Ellen DeGeneres Show 
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 
The Colbert Report 
Conan 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Archer 
Bob’s Burgers 
The Simpsons 
Family Guy 
Phineas and Ferb 
Adventure Time 

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151 Comments
  1. JennieErin says:

    Happy that Melissa McBride was recognized!! But seriously wish they would broaden their horizons a bit more to include the cast of Sleepy Hollow (Tom Mison is beyond brilliant) and Jensen Ackles is amazing week after week.

    • dee says:

      Totally agree about Mison. There are not many actors who could pull off what he does every week. He’s absolutely convincing in the role, careening between being serious, chilling, heartbreaking, and downright funny with absolute aplomb. If you don’t believe Ichabod Crane that whole show falls apart. And you absolutely believe him, every minute of every episode. No false notes, ever. He’s brilliant.

      • gdv says:

        I was really hoping Tom Mison would make the list. He’s brilliant!! That’s probably the only real disappointment I saw.

        Having said that, I’m definitely pulling for Chris Messina, Tatiana Maslany, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

        TV is so good these days!

  2. Emma says:

    Stana Katic ?

    • Suzanne Ormond says:

      I think she should have been nominated for something. She is a tremendous actress!

    • abz says:

      I think she’s a great actress, but her performance doesn’t really compare to many oo the ones on the list in my opinion. Probably because Castle is just a fun show, but not really award-worthy.

  3. laura palmer says:

    Bellamy Young!!!!!

  4. Dan G says:

    Damn, I simply cannot pick a favorite between FARGO & THE AMERICANS. They are both deep, foreboding, and captivating. I’m almost relieved to see THE AMERICANS on break, so I can take a breath, then get ready for MASTERS OF SEX in July. TRUE DETECTIVE was also a fave of mine — completely changing my take on Matthew M. as an actor, and adding to the considerable body of work given us in the past 10yrs by Woody Harrelson. TD was an incredible mood piece, seated in one of the most bizarre and freakish locations left in the USA — the bayou NEVER fails to deliver its share of chills. TV has not had this great a run in many, many years.

  5. Julie says:

    The Americans keeps getting better and better each week. Matthew Rhys is great and so is Keri Russel. However, Tatiana Maslany hands down deserves the best actress nod – I don’t think anyone can compete with how well she plays multiple characters so that you don’t even realize it’s the same actress.

  6. Ashley says:

    Where’s Orphan Black !!!!

  7. Charlotte says:

    McConaughey but not Harrelson for True Detective? They both deserve all the awards going

  8. Cherik says:

    Pick Maggie Siff. Totally deserved

  9. Gail says:

    Chris Messina!!!

  10. What a wonderous, wonderful list! Pay attention other TV awards: this is how it’s done. There are so many nominations that surprise me here yet make me so excited, I can’t list them all: Chris Messina, all the well deserved Masters of Sex nods, Adam Scott, Hugh Dancy for Hannibal, two noms for the wonderful Walton Goggins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Amanda Abbington, Ellen Burstyn, Luther, Ahnet Mahendru (!!!), Bellamy Young, Melissa McBride, Laverne Cox, Albert Tsai, Andre Braugher, Wendi McLendon-Covey… I mean it’s incredible!

  11. Linda Temple says:

    The actor who plays the chief of staff on Scandal should have been recognized for his outstanding performance week after week.

  12. Rita Sioros says:

    Really no Bones? Great Cast!

  13. angelwings says:

    Charlie Hunnam was totally snubbed again. Most deserving cast member of Sons Of Anarchy.

  14. Tommy says:

    No Mads for Hannibal???

  15. Aline says:

    BOB’S BURGERS FOR THE WIN

  16. Jo says:

    Would have liked to see Paul Guilfoyle get a nod for his work in his last season on CSI. They don’t give him a lot to work with but what he gets, he always crushes, especially in his last episode.

  17. Fran says:

    If only the Emmys would nominate shows like this! So happy about the nominations for Orphan Black, The Americans, Masters Of Sex, Breaking Bad, Hannibal, Scandal, Broad City, Parks & Rec, Trophy Wife, Brooklyn 9-9 and The Mindy Project. I love all these shows and the emmys will likely only nominate 2-3 of these shows in the big categories, if i’m lucky. Also pleased for Allison Janney, not a big mom fan but I watch now and again as her performance is hilarious.

  18. There are none so blind as those who WILL not see. To keep denying Continuum its due, when it’s about to run roughshod over the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia awards this weekend (the Leo Awards) for a second year running, defies belief and credulity. Critics are still blinded by the Tatiana Maslany aura. Style over substance, awards baiting on a scale not seen in ages continues to get rewarded. Asterisk city, then, in all drama categories.

    • d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

      But continuum is awful…

      • Yes because a show that has in its last 2 years racked up nominations from these Canadian entertainment arts organizations (the Saturns are American)

        2013 nominations
        Canadian Screen Awards – 5 (one win)
        Constellation Awards – 4 (3 wins)
        Saturn Awards – 1
        Leo Awards – 16 (7 wins)

        2014 nominations
        Saturn Awards – 3
        Canadian Screen Awards – 2 (1 win)
        Constellation Awards – 3
        Leo Awards – 21

        Total – 55, obviously sucks sewer water. Name another Emmy or critics darling that’s received a double-nickel nomination haul in its last 2 seasons.

        • You love your stats so much, try this.
          Orphan Black – one season – TEN Canadian Screen Award WINS
          Call us when you catch up.

          • The Screenies have a sort of bias toward shows filmed in Toronto. Case in point; last year, Continuum and a CBC series, Arctic Air combined for 30 nominations at the Leos last year. At the Screenies, they combined for 2. AA shut out altogether.

          • Alpha says:

            Oh I see, when your show wins it’s because it is so awesome but when our show wins it’s because the voters were biased against your show. Riiiiiiight……..

    • Bartleby says:

      Have you ever watched Orphan Black? What Tatiana Maslany does episode after episode is absolutely incredible.

    • Dude says:

      Critics are blind to her for a reason. She is the best actress on television not just in her chameleon like ability to inhabit characters but in her profound ability to tap into and project raw and deep emotions. She is on an entirely different level than anyone and anything Continuum has ever done or will do. It’s not even a comparison.

  19. Court says:

    This is an amazing selection; however, where is Peter Dinklage…that is the one HUGE snub to me. And I’m sad to see Mad Men totally on the outs, it doesn’t deserve to be totally withheld from noms. But with that all said, I am very, very happy with the selection.

  20. origo says:

    no parks and rec and brooklyn nine-nine for best comedy and OITNB and louie are nominated for comedy? comedy should make you laugh and as great as OINTB and louie are, parks and b-99 are just as good AND actually make you laugh a lot. moms got 2 nominations? seriously, the comedy category is pretty messed up becuase of the critics fascination of cables and netflix

  21. Dude says:

    Orphan Black got shut out of Best Drama Series.

  22. Meg says:

    YAY for Chris Messina! But no Mindy Kaling…there would literally be NO Danny without Mindy.

    Adam Scott-FINALLY. P and R starts getting some recognition. Still a travesty that Nick Offerman has never once been nominated for one award for his game changing Ron Swanson.

  23. Jen says:

    Cristin Milioti should be on the list for her portrayal of the mother in HIMYM. She was phenomenal.

  24. SQ says:

    Sheeze. Do these critics not even watch Castle??? Congrats to all the nominees!!

  25. André Lima says:

    BEST COMEDY SERIES – Veep
    BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Tony Hale, Veep
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
    BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES – Andrew Rannells, Girls
    BEST DRAMA SERIES – Breaking Bad
    BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Robin Wright, House of Cards
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Josh Charles, The Good Wife
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
    BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES – Joe Morton, Scandal
    BEST REALITY SERIES – Mythbusters
    BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION – The Voice
    BEST REALITY HOST – Carson Daly, The Voice
    BEST TALK SHOW – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    BEST ANIMATED SERIES – The Simpsons

    • Lili Ann says:

      Veep (or Orange), Messina, Poehler (or Louis-Freyfus or Rossum), Evan Welch (or Tsai), Wever, Aduba.
      Game of Thrones, Cranston, Margulies, Paul, Gunn, Preston.

  26. Babybop says:

    I wish Hannibal was nominated for more, but hey, at least they got one! Go Hugh!

  27. Rachel says:

    I wish Lana Parrilla would get nominated. She blows me away every week on OUAT. Best actress.

  28. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    I’m happy for Melissa McBride, but a little disappointed to not see Taylor Kitsch on this list. His performance in The Normal Heart was so good and such a departure from what he normally does. If someone other than Bomer was going to score a supporting nom, it should have been him.

  29. Jenny says:

    I am happy for Hugh Dancy but did they really not even consider Mads Mikklesen, really?? He is all sorts of brilliant.

  30. Tommi says:

    I never watched the original FARGO and am not big fan of Billy Bob, but I absolutely love this new FARGO, violent and bizarre as it is. It’s actually the only show I go out of my way to watch.

  31. Lisa says:

    Yay, Adam Scott!!!

  32. Cynthia Snodgrass says:

    Really no sons of anarchy for best drama? Or for Charlie Hunnam? Doesnt make sense! Really hope maggie siff wins!

    • Kimberly says:

      Absolutely Cynthia! I couldn’t agree more! SOA has been shut out of the nominations since its inception!

  33. Julia says:

    Pretty good list, but big snubs for Parenthood (leaving out Monica Potter?!), Orphan Black, Peter Dinklage, Mindy Kaling and Parks and Rec. Also interesting that Jon Hamm didn’t get nominated, although I agree that the show should have been left out. I’m most excited that Peter Saarsgard got included for The Killing!

    • Alpha says:

      Oh yes, Peter Saarsgard absolutely rocked. He did such an amazing job on The Killing and really helped elevate the third season.

  34. Francine says:

    Surprised to see Emmy Rossum but SUPER surprised to see Jeremy Allen White! Both of them kill it on Shameless every season and deserve recognition. A little bummed that Noel Fisher didnt make it though. His portrayal of Mickey this season stole the show. Also happy to see Walton Goggins up for two.

  35. Alice says:

    Duck Dynasty? Really?

  36. Jackie says:

    Really disappointed that Parenthood and Monica Potter were not included in this list.

  37. Once again the most popular drama on television NCIS, fails to get a nod for its actors and/or its constant production quality. What a shame
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    • Joey says:

      Since when did popularity ensure quality? I’m not necessarily saying that NCIS is a bad show by any means, but just because something is popular doesn’t mean it has more quality than less popular shows.

  38. Kimberly says:

    No Blacklist? Seriously? James Spader is phenomenal in his performance! Don’t even get me going on the continual snubs for Sons of Anarchy!

    • Jules says:

      I would agree with you on the Blacklist snub – James Spader is great every week. I’ve never watched Sons of Anarchy

  39. Carla Krae says:

    Kaley Cuoco is not a supporting actress on TBBT, though. She’s been a lead character, and the only female there for all seasons. Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny have always been the leads. Why ever would they put her in the Supporting category?

  40. Kimberly says:

    I cant believe that once again “Sons Of Anarchy” is being left out. Why is Charlie Hunnam not nominated???? This is such crap! I hope that Maggie Diff brings it home for them!! 💞

  41. cjeffery7 says:

    yeah Bert! (Trophy Wife)

  42. anna says:

    happy and surprised to see chris messina, bellamy young and albert tsai… but where is mindy kaling? and also, even if glee has not been good enough for this (although it was much much better than last season) I think romy rosemont should be nominated for her guest role as carole hudson in the quarterback, she was heartbreaking. lea michele has also done a great job this season.

  43. Guest from Canada says:

    With all of the Emmys that its won, I’m a little surprised that there’s no love for Modern Family here. Still a good list though.

  44. Abby Beckett says:

    Castle is one of the best TV shows on and is usually left out. I think the list leaves a lot to be desired.

    • Liz says:

      I get that you are a fan, but “Castle” is nowhere near the caliber of the shows nominated. It falls way below the totem pole.

  45. HAP says:

    Two acting nods for Silicon Valley, but no love for TJ Miller? He’s the funniest guy of the bunch.

  46. oliverhearst says:

    Melissa McBride really deserve to win this, after the work she did in season 4. She is my favourite actress on the show, and Carol is my favourite character.

    • mamad says:

      so true. she really deserves the award. but such a pity the show itself is not nominated. wish it would have.

    • Doire Guzman says:

      Yes! Melissa is a wonderful person and even better actress, Carol all the way!! Melissa we are with you 100% *.*

  47. I’m sure Mayim Bialik is a great person, but have never been able to be impressed with her acting. Just don’t get the nomination.

  48. Gabriella O. says:

    Hannibal deserved more nominations (come on, at least Mads Mikkelsen!)

    • Kathleen B. says:

      I couldn’t agree more. It is a crime that Mads Mikkelsen and James Spader were not nominated!!

  49. Mark says:

    This just shows how screwed up these awards are — awards for best reality show / best animated show. But Actors and Actresses who work damn hard on genre shows go unrewarded what the hell so in theory Kim Khardasian best reality show (I said in theory) can walk away with an award but the likes of John Nobel (Fringe) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) or Anna Torv (Fringe) don’t have a hope in hell of ever being acknowledged by there piers and these are just some examples there are many more its time for a category that rewards these actors and shows for there work as well…before high calibre actors and actresses stop supporting this type of genre…..

    • I think you mean peers rather than a wooden platform (although maybe that is appropriate for some shows). I believe most actors / actresses do it for the money, and possibly to have a bit of fun in some cases. Awards are more like the icing on the cake rather than the cake itself.

    • Brooke says:

      I think Tatiana Maslany should win hands down for orphan black and I feel like anyone who’s watched the series would agree with that. I think it’s sad that she has the odds stacked against her. She’s truly brilliant!

  50. Celeste says:

    Walton Goggins! Finally some love for a highly overlooked actor!!

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