"Orange is the New Black" is off to a strong start in TV awards season, nabbing two wins at the fourth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards.
Allison Janney (pictured) has emerged a double winner at the kudofest under way at the Beverly Hilton, nabbing trophies for guest performer on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and for supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom." She tied in the latter category with "OITNB's" Kate Mulgrew.
"This has been an amazing year for me," Janney gushed. "I love 'Mom,' I love Chuck Lorre."
Fox/National Geographic TV's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" bested entertainment-oriented competition to snare the best reality series win.
"Scandal's" Bellamy Young and "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul took the first wins of the night. Young won supporting actress in a drama series, thanking Shonda Rhimes for giving her so much material to work with on ABC's Washington-based sudser.
"Breaking Bad's" Paul won supporting drama actor for his work on the final season of the revered AMC drama.
Uzo Aduba of Netflix's "OINTB" won in the co-ed category of best guest performer in a comedy series. She thanked "OITNB" showrunner Jenji Kohan "for changing my life."
Matt Bomer landed the supporting actor in a movie/miniseries win for his wrenching role as an AIDS victim in HBO's telepic "The Normal Heart." The former star of USA Network's "White Collar" was emotional in his remarks, thanking his husband, PR maven Simon Halls, and "Normal Heart" director Ryan Murphy for helming the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's groundbreaking play chronicling the early days of AIDS epidemic. "To the generation we lost, I just want to say, we remember you and we honor you. This is for you," Bomer said, his voice breaking.
Murphy was also feted with the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn.'s "Genius" award.
Allison Tolman of FX's "Fargo" won for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie. The actress with only a handful of credits to her name has made a splash in her first major role.
Before the show, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, talent, reps and critics mingled in the Beverly Hilton ballroom, enjoying treats courtesy of Yogurtland, Glenlivet and Absolut.
"Arrow" star Colton Haynes spotted "Goldbergs" matriarch Wendi McLendon-Covey backstage and unabashedly "fanboyed" over the ABC comedy, admitting that he'd love to guest star on the nostalgic sitcom. "Trophy Wife" MVP Albert Tsai tucked into the backstage photo booth with a glittery hat and fake moustache, stealing the show as he often did on the dearly departed ABC laffer.
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