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The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) hosted the 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Comedian and Parks and Recreation actress, Retta was the host for the evening. For the first time the award show was webcast live on Ustream.
Some of television’s biggest shows and actors were nominated including: Bryan Cranston and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Claire Danes and Damian Lewis (Homeland), Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Regina King and Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Jane Fonda (Newsroom), Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) and many more.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Jonathan Banks who was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ for his role in Breaking Bad. He was excited about the opportunity saying, “I’m honored, it’s a joy and also you know, you just roll with it.” He described his character, Mike Ehrmantraut as being a “Hitman with a lot of soul.”
Michael Cudlitz, who was nominated in the same category for his role in the now cancelled, drama series, Southland said, “It’s great to be nominated by the critics who watch everything. To be singled out is very humbling and very exciting.” Michael has a film coming out this Summer and will enjoy the time off by vacationing with his family.
We also spotted several Hollywood stars on the red carpet such as Emmy Rossum, Seth Green, Regina King, Jon Voight, Santino Rice and Michelle Visage (who were there on behalf of Rupaul), Atticus Shaffer, Johnny Galecki, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Monica Potter, Molly Shannon, Maria Menounos, Alex Karpovsky, Henry Winkler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Miranda Cosgrove, Kat Deely and lots more.
Right before the show started, former Executive Producer of American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe spoke to us about recently being fired from the show saying, “I’m really saddened to leave the team. My fingers are crossed now in the hopes that they can revitalize it. I don’t take it personally that I’ve been asked to leave, but they feel as though it needs new injection and if they can do something with that…it’s really important to keep that program on the air because it’s such a wonderful platform for the American talent that’s out there that may never be seen.” When asked if he left on good terms he said, “Well we left on shocked terms but yes of course. You know I’ve still got So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve got a company that’s got a partnership with Shine which is owned by FOX so we’re still all in the family.” Nigel said he was just getting back from vacation when he found out the bad news online. Though sad about the dismissal, we have a strong feeling that Nigel will be just fine with his other ventures.
To find out the winners of all of the categories from the awards show, visit the Critic’s Choice TV Awards.