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Homeland and Sherlock among US Critics' Choice TV Award winners


Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED drama Homeland and BBC detective series Sherlock were among the big winners at the US Critics’ Choice TV Awards.

Homeland won the prestigious award for best drama series, while its female star Claire Danes won best actress in a drama series.

Sherlock, meanwhile, won the best movie or mini-series award at the event in Los Angeles and leading man Benedict Cumberbatch was crowned best actor in a movie or mini-series.

Cat Deeley was another British winner, being named joint winner in the best reality show host category for presenting So You Think You Can Dance for the Fox network. She shared the prize with Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron.

Other big winners on the night included Breaking Bad, which saw Bryan Cranston pip Homeland‘s Damian Lewis to best actor in a drama series.

Breaking Bad also saw Giancarlo Esposito, who plays drug lord Gus Fring, named best supporting actor.

Julianne Moore, meanwhile, took the best actress in a movie or mini-series award for her portrayal of former real-life US presidential election hopeful Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change.

And Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks took best supporting actress in a drama.

In the comedy categories, Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen won best supporting actor and actress in a comedy series, while Community, which follows a group of students at a community college, picked up best comedy.

Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel shared best actress in a comedy series for, respectively, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Fox’s New Girl.

Louis C.K. won the male equivalent for FX’s Louie.

There were also prizes for Lucy Liu, who won as best female guest performer on TNT’s cop drama Southland and Paul Rudd as best guest actor for his appearance in Parks and Recreation.

The Voice won best competitive reality series and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon took best talk show.

Organised by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BJTA), the event is intended to act as a forerunner to the more established Emmy Awards.

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