Critics Choice Nominations

Leftovers, Fargo, Transparent, black-ish, Penny Dreadful, Mr. Robot Lead the 2016 Critics Choice Nominations

HBO’s The Leftovers is making a sudden arrival in awards season.

Nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced early Monday and Damon Lindelof’s dark dissertation on loss and grief led the drama field with an impressive six nominations, including best series, lead actor (for Justin Theroux), lead actress (for Carrie Coon), supporting actor (for Christopher Eccleston) and supporting actress (for Ann Dowd and Regina King).

The Leftovers‘ strong showing comes less than a week after HBO renewed the show for a third and final season (and just days after the series’ Golden Globe nomination shutout).

On the comedy side, Amazon’s Transparent also scored a leading six nods, including best series and lead actor for Jeffrey Tambor, a 2015 winner in this category.

The acclaimed second addition of FX’s Fargo‘s led the limited-series field with eight total nods, making it the year’s most nominated program.

NBC’s recent well-received movie event The Wiz Live! garnered five nominations, while ABC’s black-ish, USA Network’s Mr. Robot and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful each earned four.

Mr. Robot wasn’t the only first-year series making a strong showing. Lifetime’s UnREAL, Netflix’s Master of None and Fox’s The Grinder all nabbed multiple nominations. Netflix’s rookie superhero saga Jessica Jones, meanwhile, received some love via a lead actress nom for Krysten Ritter.

Other notable nominations: Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson, who play super-stressed couple Juliette and Avery on the ABC drama, each got recognized for their supporting work; NBC’s cancelled Hannibal landed two nods (for lead actor Hugh Dancy and guest star Richard Armitage); and FXX’s You’re the Worst walked off with nominations for best comedy series and lead actress (for Aya Cash).

Note: Because of the Critics’ Choice Awards’ newly combined TV/film format, only television shows airing within the seven months from June 1 to December 31 were eligible.

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 Sunday, Jan. 17 awards gala broadcast live on A&E (8/7c).

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

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Empire 
Mr. Robot 
Penny Dreadful 
Rectify 
The Knick 
The Leftovers 
UnREAL 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Hugh Dancy – Hannibal 
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot 
Clive Owen – The Knick 
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan 
Justin Theroux – The Leftovers 
Aden Young – Rectify 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Shiri Appleby – UnREAL
Carrie Coon – The Leftovers 
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder 
Eva Green – Penny Dreadful 
Taraji P. Henson – Empire 
Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Clayne Crawford – Rectify
Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers 
Andre Holland – The Knick 
Jonathan Jackson – Nashville 
Rufus Sewell – The Man in the High Castle 
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ann Dowd – The Leftovers 
Regina King – The Leftovers 
Helen McCrory – Penny Dreadful 
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville 
Maura Tierney – The Affair 
Constance Zimmer – UnREAL 

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Richard Armitage – Hannibal 
Justin Kirk – Manhattan 
Patti LuPone – Penny Dreadful 
Margo Martindale – The Good Wife 
Marisa Tomei – Empire 
B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot 

BEST COMEDY SERIES
black-ish 
Catastrophe 
Jane the Virgin 
Master of None
The Last Man on Earth 
Transparent 
You’re the Worst 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson – black-ish 
Aziz Ansari – Master of None 
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth 
Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat 
Fred Savage – The Grinder 
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Rachel Bloom — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Aya Cash — You’re the Worst
Wendi McLendon-Covey — The Goldbergs 
Gina Rodriguez — Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross — black-ish
Constance Wu — Fresh Off the Boat

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine 
Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin
Jay Duplass – Transparent 
Neil Flynn – The Middle 
Keegan-Michael Key – Playing House 
Mel Rodriguez – Getting On 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory 
Kether Donohue – You’re the Worst 
Allison Janney – Mom 
Judith Light – Transparent 
Niecy Nash – Getting On 
Eden Sher – The Middle

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ellen Burstyn – Mom 
Anjelica Huston – Transparent 
Cherry Jones – Transparent 
Jenifer Lewis – black-ish 
Timothy Olyphant — The Grinder
John Slattery – Wet Hot American Summer 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel 
Kirsten Dunst – Fargo 
Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone 
Alyvia Alyn Lind – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors 
Rachel McAdams – True Detective 
Shanice Williams – The Wiz Live! 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Childhood’s End 
Fargo 
Luther 
Saints & Strangers 
Show Me a Hero 
The Wiz Live! 

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Wes Bentley — American Crime Story: Hotel
Martin Clunes —Arthur & George 
Idris Elba — Luther 
Oscar Isaac —Show Me a Hero
Vincent Kartheiser — Saints & Strangers 
Patrick Wilson — Fargo

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live! 
Ne-Yo – The Wiz Live! 
Nick Offerman – Fargo 
Jesse Plemons – Fargo 
Raoul Trujillo – Saints & Strangers 
Bokeem Woodbine – Fargo 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Mary J. Blige – The Wiz Live! 
Laura Haddock – Luther 
Cristin Milioti – Fargo 
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Hotel 
Winona Ryder – Show Me a Hero 
Jean Smart – Fargo 

BEST ANIMATION SERIES
Bob’s Burgers 
BoJack Horseman 
South Park 
Star Wars Rebels 
The Simpsons 

BEST TALK SHOW
Jimmy Kimmel Live 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 
The Graham Norton Show 
The Late Late Show with James Corden 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION
Chopped 
Face Off 
MasterChef Junior 
Survivor 
The Amazing Race 
The Voice 

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Ted Allen – Chopped 
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio 
Jane Lynch – Hollywood Game Night 
Jeff Probst – Survivor 
Gordon Ramsay – Hell’s Kitchen 

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW
Antiques Roadshow 
Inside The Actors Studio 
MythBusters
Project Greenlight 
Shark Tank 
Undercover Boss 

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 
Cops 
Deadliest Catch 
Intervention 
Naked and Afraid 
Pawn Stars 

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80 Comments
  1. Kcg says:

    That’s more like it! This is what GG should have been

  2. Luminosity says:

    Still no Sam Heughan nomination? His emotive performances in Outlander were stellar!

    • Luminosity says:

      Did it not make the cut off for consideration?

      • Liz says:

        Seems like it – their last episode aired on May 30; the note above states that only shows airing between June and December were considered :(
        (and I worry this will effect them for the Emmys, since I think they have a similar cutoff)

      • A fan of TV says:

        If the kid who played Dolly Parton in the movie that aired like a week ago made the cut, then no doubt Outlander aired within the eligible time period…

        • Pete says:

          Outlander was not eligible. the finale aired May 30, 2015 and time period for Critic’s Choice this year was June 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015.

          • Alichat says:

            I don’t understand why their eligibility period is less than 12 months. 7 months is a short window. Even if you follow the standard network season, that runs for about 10 months (August to May). They are eliminating some critically acclaimed shows by having this short window.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            “Note: Because of the Critics’ Choice Awards’ newly combined TV/film format, only television shows airing within the seven months from June 1 to December 31 were eligible.”

            To extend it before June 1 would be to make the same TV episodes eligible for two CCA shows in a row.

          • Alichat says:

            Thanks for the reply Matt. Couldn’t they put a limitation on episodes being submitted for more than one awards cycle? What about a mini-series or limited series that airs outside of those 7 months? Would that ever be eligible?

  3. Ray says:

    Finally, Penny Dreadful gets some recognition as contender for best drama!

  4. sutton says:

    These nominations are always spot on, thank you critics!

  5. MissEllys says:

    Finally! A nom for Jaime Camil!!!!

    • Anna says:

      Right?? Gina Rodriguez is fantastic, but he is the best part of Jane the Virgin to me. His delivery is always on point. Man has me in stitches!

  6. Kate says:

    Much better nominations than the GG’s – these actually represent this year of TV

    One big omission for me though is Titus from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

  7. Kathy says:

    Why doesn’t Suits ever get any love during awards time???

  8. Magali says:

    Better choices than the GG. So happy for Krysten Ritter but David Tennant should have been nominated for best supporting actor.

  9. vanvon says:

    Excellent nominations!

  10. Matt C. says:

    Krysten Ritter, yay! So mad Jessica Jones got no GG love.

  11. blue says:

    Great, totally deserved nominations. In some categories ALL of them are my favorites!

  12. abz says:

    So happy over the Leftovers and Penny Dreadful nominations. Such great shows. Justin Theroux is seriously amazing. I don’t remember his work ever standing out as much to me as it does on this show and I did see him on both Six Feet Under and Parks and Rec.
    Glad to see Allison Janney nominated for Mom, but she is not a supporting actress. She’s pretty much a co-lead with Anna Faris.
    Halfway through Jessica Jones and it’s great and Krysten Ritter has been doing a great job.
    I’d have nominated Matt Bomer for supporting actor and taken away the nomination for Wes Bestley. John Lowe is one of the most boring characters that has ever been on AHS. Matt Bomer has done a great job with what little screen time they’ve given him, especially in his scenes with Kathy Bates.

  13. TvLover says:

    The only snubs I see here are Sam Heughan, and Tatiana Maslany.
    Otherwise, I’m sooo glad that they finally nominated Eden Sher for The Middle! It’s about time, she totally deserves it! And Constance Wu for Fresh off the Boat!
    I’m glad that the critics choice this year seems to branch out with their nominations!

  14. Bob says:

    great noms. so happy to see Neil Flynn and Eden Sher along with FOB’s Randall Park and Constance Wu get nominated for their hilarious roles :D

  15. Et al. says:

    Those are some quality nominations. Golden Globes should take notes.

  16. I missed the mindy project on this list. this season has been so great and funny while also so real it hurts and mindy and chris are always so great! oh well, maybe next year. very happy about crazy ex girlfriend <3

  17. Spoiler Junkie says:

    I am a bit sad that the Americans was not eligible because is aired in February but I am quite happy with the Penny Dreadful, Fargo, You’re the Worst and Mr. Robot nominations.

  18. Julia says:

    Overall, this is a great list! The only misses are Tatiana Maslaney, Sam Heughan (and Outlander overall), and The Affair as a show. Otherwise, I love it. Looking forward to watching – I’m hoping for a Leftovers sweep. :)

  19. MiaB says:

    The best actress in a comedy list is just everything. Thank you, critics, for getting it more right than anyone.

  20. Well Nashville was not completly ignored this year. Best supporting actress and actor. It is the best show on TV and has been ignored for 4 seasons.

  21. A fan of TV says:

    My kind of list! So many otherwise underdogs to the standard fare at the Emmy’s, SAGs and Globes. I want everyone to win, though, that’s the opposite problem!

  22. I’m happy for the people nominated, I really am…but where’s Gaga?

  23. galler says:

    “Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race”

    Geez, gimme a break. Greetings, simplistic lines and task introduction, that’s Phil. And still with a lot of ADR.

  24. Jerri says:

    Tennant was brilliant in Jessica Jones.

  25. Ann says:

    I am pleased Nashville made the list this year but I miss a nomination for Connie Britton. She deserves some recognition as contender for best actress (drama).

  26. canadian ninja says:

    No Broad City? Way to go critics. At least ya got all those ABC/Disney comedies. That network can really use the recognition.

  27. Z says:

    Weird cutoff point… they should have done the entire year rather than skipping all the spring shows… seems incomplete without those shows.

  28. Timmah says:

    Good to see Fred Savage recognized. He is absolutely killing it on The Grinder and is the perfect comic foil for Rob Lowe’s character.

    • Anna says:

      He really is. He is pulling off a phenomenal “straight man” on a show with some hilariously over the top characters. Usually that character is the most boring one to watch, but he is making his my favorite. Way to go, Fred Savage!

  29. BlackBird47 says:

    So happy to see Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, and Kathy Bates all nominated for AHS Hotel! Consistently great work from all three of them this season- this is a great list, but these made me particularly happy!

    • Temperance says:

      Eva Green has deserved this every time for Penny Dreadful, and Sarah Paulson has been utterly mesmerizing on AHS this season.

  30. CC says:

    This is the best list of nominations I think I have ever seen!! Finally a bunch of my favorite shows get some well deserved recognition! So excited to see nominations for Blackish, The Middle, Master of None and all the comedies! I think I was the most excited to see Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere from Nashville on this list. Their characters are the main reason I watch the show!

  31. Congrats to Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panetiere on your nominations for supporting cast on the show Nashville.

  32. the girl says:

    I’m happy Fred Savage was nominated over Rob Lowe for The Grinder. Fred’s character makes the show watchable for me.

  33. You betcha says:

    Team FARGO all the way. Let them win everything. They deserve it. Three-way tie for best supporting actor in a limited series (though is forced to choose one, Nick Offerman).

  34. kirads09 says:

    Does Man in High Castle not qualify yet this season for awards? I agree with the choices but High Castle may have been the best thing I personally have watched this year. (Jessica Jones very close 2nd) Certainly feel High Castle and cast deserve consideration.

  35. Courtney says:

    Amazing list! I loved the GG list too, but this is great because it recognizes even more shows that hardly ever get recognized.

    Initial thoughts:

    Krysten Ritter – YES. So deserves it. She’s my winner …or Viola Davis.
    Awesome for Penny Dreadful, but very disappointed by the lack of The Affair nominations. Season 2 has been outstanding. Interesting that Homeland was left out completely.
    Awesome for the cast of UnReal, The Leftovers, Rectify, Mr. Robot, and Fargo.
    And congrats to Hayden and Jonathan from Nashville!

  36. Kat says:

    Go Nashville. HP and JJ are completely underrated. Sad no Tatiana on the list

  37. Ames says:

    I’m really happy about all the Fargo love here – especially Nick Offerman. He finally gets nominated for something and it’s not Ron Swanson…crazy.
    However, I’m really shocked Cristin Milioti is on here and Kristen Dunst is not.

  38. TVPeong says:

    I’m really impressed with this list. Happy to see Black-ish get so much love. It is one of the best comedies on TV right now.

  39. Brigid says:

    Except for Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story, these noms are amazing! Great job Critics!!

  40. Angela Lee says:

    Yay from Chris Eccleston – amazing in the Leftovers and Rufus Sewell in Man in the High Castle – best streaming series this year. Great to also see Martin Clunes finally get some recognition as well in the US – one of the most undervalued actors in the UK. Add in Hugh Dancy, Richard Armitage, Idris Elba and Clive Owen and you probably have a list of the very best British actors who worked in the US this year. Peter Capaldi, Martin Freeman, Tom Hiddleston, Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch who were all not eligible would be the only other names I can think of to add to that list to make up the very top tier of British TV talent. Great to see great British actors being recognised. Yay also for Helen McCrory.

  41. Carly says:

    “BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
    Wes Bentley — American Crime Story: Hotel”

    I’m pretty sure you meant American Horror Story…

  42. pjschumm says:

    At long last an awards nomination for the wonderful Eden Sher – The Middle!

  43. Louise says:

    Really, no nomination for The Late Show? I like a lot of the other nominated talk shows and all, but Colbert is the only one I HAVE to watch every night.

    I’m very pleased with the noms for You’re the Worst, though

  44. Guy says:

    It’s about time that someone acknowledged that Hannibal existed and that it was one of the best things on TV all year. Would have been nice if it scored a nom for Best Drama (especially over that overrated mess Empire), but I’ll take what I can get. Also great to see the love for Fargo and You’re the Worst. Bummed that The Americans was shut out though *(though maybe it wasn’t eligible because of the weird cutoff?)

  45. Ted says:

    Happy for the Penny Dreadful love, but the decided lack of Tennant on this list is disturbing.

    • DD785 says:

      Didn’t deserve a nomination – wayyy too hammy in a badly written part. All of the nominated performances in the supporting actor much more worthy. Which one should have been removed? There are also many other more worthy candidates also left out.

      Jessica Jones wasn’t nominated in the best drama which probably indicates that critics thought the best thing about it was Krysten Ritter (which she was and hence the show’s sole nomination. Personally I don’t rate her either but I guess she is flavour of the month at the moment!). Also, nothing in Golden Globes for SAG Awards either for Jessica Jones which indicates that not a show which critics generally regarded well. Think the hype bubble on it has well and truly burst. Nowhere as great as Daredevil which remains popular months after its first outing which is a good test of actual quality, rather than hype.

      Biggest snubs are Outlander and Hannibal which are well featured in Golden Globes but understand may have been shown out of qualifying period.

      • quang says:

        “Jessica Jones which indicates that not a show which critics generally regarded well”

        That is factually incorrect. According to the Hitfix critics poll, Jessica Jones ranked 17th and Daredevil ranked 89th. I personally think JJ should be lower and DD should be way higher, but to say that JJ is not well regarded would simply be untrue.

  46. Shannon says:

    I’m so happy for Alyvia Alyn Lind! She’s amazing on Y&R, and I still can’t believe I missed Coat of Many Colors.

  47. Also, it is odd to me that Empire is here even if the nominations only include its Season 2. Jessica Jones should have been chosen over it.

  48. quang says:

    The Critics Choice Awards have always had amazing nominations. These critics actually WATCH the shows they are nominating instead of sticking with only their favourites like they do with the Emmy.

    My only disagreement here is that I think David Tennant should have scored a nom.

  49. AM68 says:

    Ummm no nomination for Mads Mikkelsen for Hannibal?? Both he and Hugh deserved noms!

  50. danoregon says:

    Good nom. One of the things I like about the CC awards is that they seem to go out of their way to recognize great work on shows that are under the radar.