TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon Among Big Winners

Praise be! Critics are enamored with The Handmaid’s Tale.

Hulu’s breakout hit walked away with two trophies at Saturday’s 2017 Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills, including Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Meanwhile, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama went to Carrie Coon, who made history by winning for two performances, as both police chief Gloria Burgle on Fargo and Nora Durst on the dearly departed The Leftovers.

Host Kristin Chenoweth makes her entrance

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FX’s Atlanta also took home a pair of awards, for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy for leading man Donald Glover.

Other noteworthy winners at the non-televised ceremony, hosted by American Gods‘ Kristin Chenoweth, include NBC’s This Is Us (Outstanding New Program), ABC’s Speechless (Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming) and HBO’s Big Little Lies (Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries & Specials).

The complete winners list is below.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Atlanta, FX
Big Little Lies, HBO
Stranger Things, Netflix
WINNER The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
The Leftovers, HBO
This Is Us, NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Better Call Saul, AMC
Stranger Things, Netflix
The Americans, FX
The Crown, Netflix
WINNER The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
This Is Us, NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
WINNER Atlanta, FX
black-ish, ABC
Fleabag, Amazon
Master of None, Netflix
The Good Place, NBC
Veep, HBO

Chenoweth and This Is Us nominee Sterling K. Brown duet on “For Good”

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Atlanta, FX
The Crown, Netflix
The Good Place, NBC
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Stranger Things, Netflix
WINNER This Is Us, NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES & SPECIALS
WINNER Big Little Lies, HBO
Fargo, FX
FEUD: Bette and Joan, FX
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix
The Night Of, HBO
Wizard of Lies, HBO

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
WINNER Carrie Coon, The Leftovers and Fargo
Claire Foy, The Crown
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, FEUD: Bette and Joan
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: Bette and Joan

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
WINNER Donald Glover, Atlanta
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Issa Rae, Insecure
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN
WINNER O.J.: Made in America, ESPN
Planet Earth II, BBC America
Weiner, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
The Circus, Showtime
The Great British Baking Show, PBS
The Keepers, Netflix
WINNER Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, A&E
Shark Tank, ABC
Survivor: Game Changers, CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior
Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel
Odd Squad, PBS
Sesame Street, HBO
WINNER Speechless, ABC

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ken Burns

HERITAGE AWARD
Seinfeld, NBC

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19 Comments
  1. Hmmm says:

    So…how does handmaids tale win best drama and program of the year yet this is us beats it in best new program??

    • Lori says:

      I was wondering the same thing.

    • Hannah says:

      I wonder if the qualifications are different. Like “Best New Program” has more to do with how audiences have responded so quickly to This Is Us? Idk.

      • Brian says:

        In 2015 the winners were even wonkier. Empire won Program of the Year (beating The Americans). The Americans won drama (beating Empire). Better Call Saul won New Program (also beating Empire).

    • Tom says:

      Its because these awards are almost entirely political, they want to recognize as many shows as possible they suit their political outlook. If they just honor one show, even if that makes logical sense what with the actual awards, it fails to achieve that goal.

  2. Roe says:

    Way to go Big Little Lies and Handmaid’s Tale!!!

  3. Jacob says:

    Why is Speechless considered youth programming? It seems very out of place there.

    • J.B. says:

      It does feel out of place. Then again O.J.: Made in America was released as a theatrical film and won an Oscar for Best Documentary so I guess the rules are for the TCAs are quite bendable.

      • johnhelvete says:

        Allowing a 5 part documentary made for TV to be eligible for the Oscar because it played for a week in one theater in New York and one theater in LA says more about the documentary branch of the Oscars than the TCA.

    • Gena says:

      I wondered that myself when the nominations first came out… I’m guessing because it’s a family show, maybe the voters considered it somewhat juvenile compared to the more adult fare that dominated the comedy categories. Still, I’m not gonna knock it since it was my favorite new comedy of the season, and I’m glad to see it honored for something after having been completely ignored by the Emmys. :)

  4. Jules says:

    Great to see Carrie Coon and by extension, The Leftovers, recognized. I guess the TV critics are smarter than Emmy voters.

  5. annna says:

    I hope Carrie Coon beats Lange and Kidman at the emmys! That would make me so happy.

    IMO the handmaid’s tale was not as good as the hype made it out be. It has benefited hugely from that orange man becoming president.

  6. Streaming programs shouldn’t even be eligible because you can watch them on television unless you have subscribe to the streaming service separately. It is not television in the truest sense of the word.

    • Casey says:

      But then what’s your take on broadcast tv competing with basic cable or pay cable?

    • I love Subway says:

      Most of the best tv is not free. Even network tv can only be watched for free when it’s live. You have to have cable or Hulu + CBS AA to watch network tv online. Streaming programs absolutely count and have made an exceptional name for themselves in the past 5 years.

    • Winter says:

      How is streaming any different than HBO you need a subscription for both. Tv is a changing landscape you have to adapt with the times.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Happy The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us, and Atlanta won some awards at TCA Awards.

  8. Winter says:

    Happy about Leah Remini and her show! It was well deserved.