Critics’ Choice Awards 2016 Honours Several LGBT Shows

The Critics’ Choice Awards is a look back on the year’s television shows and gives recognition to the best TV of the year. 2016’s awards shows gave nods to numerous high profile LGBT figures, as well as honouring LGBT shows.

While we will be going through all the categories and nominees for this year let’s first take a look at some of the the LGBT figures and shows the have been nominated for the Critics’ Choice Awards 2016. We don’t yet know the winners, but fingers crossed that some of our favourites get the recognition they deserve.

First up is RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has appeared in a couple of categories this year. Not only has the fantastic, long running show been nominated for Best Reality Competition Series, RuPaul himself has been nominated for Best Reality Show Host. If at least RuPaul doesn’t take home this award for his one-of-a-kind hosting, it’ll be a crime. I’m not normally keen on reality TV, but this show just has a charm that can’t be denied, and a bit portion of that is down to Ru himself.

The trailblazer Modern Family is also here, with multiple nominations for it’s cast. At the time of it’s arrival in 2009, it’s positive portrayal of same-sex families in a positive made it somewhat of an outlier and definitely made it the show to follow when it came to LGBT families on TV. The show itself is nominated for  Best Comedy Series a Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen – who play parents Phil and Claire Dunphy – have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, respectively.

And finally, we have the very worthy Game of Thrones being nominated. Not only is this show excellent in every possible way and a huge hit with pretty much everyone ever, it has also gone down a treat for it’s unapologetic portrayal of LGBT storylines. We have Oberyn Martell, an out and proud bisexual, the many gay lovers of Loras Tyrell, Renly Baratheon and of course Yara Greyjoy.

The HBO classic is nominated for Best Drama Series (which it very much deserves), and both Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington are nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as well as nominations for Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

You can find the full list of categories and nominations below.

Best Comedy Series

Atlanta – FX
Black-ish – ABC
Fleabag – Amazon
Modern Family – ABC
Silicon Valley – HBO
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Veep – HBO

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – Amazon
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth – FOX
Donald Glover – Atlanta – FX
Bill Hader – Documentary Now! – IFC
Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk – Starz
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon

Best Support Actress in a Comedy Series

Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC
Anna Chlumsky – Veep – HBO
Allison Janney – Mom – CBS
Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon
Allison Williams – Girls – HBO

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson – Baskets – FX
Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – FOX
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC
Tony Hale – Veep – HBO
T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley – HBO


Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Larry David – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Lisa Kudrow – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Liam Neeson – Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central

Best Animated Series

Archer – FX
Bob’s Burgers – FOX
BoJack Horseman – Netflix
Son of Zorn – FOX
South Park – Comedy Central
The Simpsons – FOX

Best Reality Competition Series

America’s Got Talent – NBC
MasterChef Junior – FOX
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Skin Wars – GSN
The Amazing Race – CBS
The Voice – NBC

Best Structured Reality Series

Chopped – Food Network
Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo
Penn & Teller: Fool Us – The CW
Project Runway – Lifetime
Shark Tank – ABC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Unstructured Reality Series

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network
Deadliest Catch – Discovery
Ice Road Truckers – History
Intervention – A&E
Naked and Afraid – Discovery


Best Talk Show

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Comedy Central
The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Best Reality Show Host

Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network
Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
Nick Cannon – America’s Got Talent – NBC
Carson Daly – The Voice – NBC
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones – HBO
John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland – Showtime
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA Network
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan – Showtime

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones – HBO
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones – HBO
Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO
Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime
Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sam Heughan – Outlander – Starz
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA Network
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul – AMC
Matthew Rhys – The Americans – FX
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – Netflix


Best Actress in a Drama Series

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander – Starz
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – ABC
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black – BBC America
Keri Russell – The Americans – FX
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO
Robin Wright – House of Cards – Netflix

Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul – AMC
Game of Thrones – HBO
Mr. Robot – USA Network
Stranger Things – Netflix
The Crown – Netflix
This Is Us – NBC
Westworld – HBO

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Mahershala Ali – House of Cards – Netflix
Lisa Bonet – Ray Donovan – Showtime
Ellen Burstyn – House of Cards – Netflix
Michael J. Fox – The Good Wife – CBS
Jared Harris – The Crown – Netflix
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead – AMC

Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

All the Way – HBO
Confirmation – HBO
Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Roots – History
The Night Manager – AMC
The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Bryan Cranston – All the Way – HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – PBS
Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager – AMC
Tim Matheson – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Lane Garrison – Roots – History
Frank Langella – All the Way – HBO
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager – AMC
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Forest Whitaker – Roots – History

Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager – AMC
Felicity Huffman – American Crime – ABC
Cynthia Nixon – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Lili Taylor – American Crime – ABC
Kerry Washington – Confirmation – HBO

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Elizabeth Debicki – The Night Manager – AMC
Regina King – American Crime – ABC
Sarah Lancashire – The Dresser – Starz
Melissa Leo – All the Way – HBO
Anna Paquin – Roots – History
Emily Watson – The Dresser – Starz

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Critics' Choice Awards 2016 Honours Several LGBT Shows
The nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards 2016 has honoured several LGBT shows - let's take a look at a few.