The Television Critics Association hosted its 30th annual awards ceremony Saturday, July 19 honoring all of the past year’s best in television. Hosted by Terry Crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the event was held at the Beverly Hilton Ballroom, the same place where the Golden Globes are held each year. (PS: You can read Scene‘s exclusive interview with Terry Crews here).
This non-televised event may not be as popular as other award ceremonies but there were plenty of laughs to go around among the actors. Apparently the winners were clued in long in advance, and the full list of winners was also leaked to the press prior to the awards ceremony.
Matthew McConaughey isn’t quite the True Detective he plays on TV. Out of the loop, he took the stage to receive his trophy for Best Individual Performance in Drama. The critically acclaimed actor attempted to personally address his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, calling them by name and searching for them in the crowd. Realizing his mistake, he singles out fellow nominee Bryan Cranston saying, “You are here, sir!” Creating some funny awkwardness, Cranston was only present to accept the Program of the Year trophy awarded to Breaking Bad for the second year in a row.
After HBO shows had won four of the night’s trophies, Cranston confidentially takes the stage and began to sarcastically crack jokes. “Everyone [tonight] is thanking HBO. So, thank you, HBO! Early on…you turned us down,” he joked. All in the spirit of fun and games, the actor shows his comic side in thanking TV critics for praising the AMC drama before it gained popularity. Cranston jokes, “This story about a man who contracts cancer and decides to cook crystal meth. That’s such a bad idea I don’t blame HBO for saying, ‘Oh, no!’, and FX going, ‘Oh no!’ But I’m very thankful to AMC…who was desperate.”
Here’s a snapshot of this year’s winners:
Program of the Year: Breaking Bad
Best New Program of the Year: Orange Is The New Black
Best Comedy Series: (tie) Veep and Louie
Best Drama Series: The Good Wife
Best Miniseries: True Detective
Best Individual Performance in Drama: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Best Individual Performance in Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best News and Information: Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Best Reality Series: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Heritage Award: Saturday Night Live
Career Achievement: James Burrows