'Big Bang Theory,' 'Game of Thrones,' Win Big at Critics Choice Awards

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 10:25 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Chuck Lorre, a producer-writer for several hit television comedies, got the last laugh at the Critics' Choice Awards Monday when his show "The Big Bang Theory" won big.

The popular show won the best comedy series and two actor awards. Simon Helberg won for best supporting actor in a comedy series, while Kaley Cuoco tied with Eden Sher of "The Middle" for best supporting actress in a comedy series.

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"I’m so used to laughing at (Modern Family's) Steve Levitan at these moments," said Lorre during his acceptance speech for the best comedy series award, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I’ve never thanked critics in my whole life!"

"Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" also won big at the awards show, both tying for best drama series, as voted on by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston won the best actor in a drama series award.

Zachary Quinto, who currently stars on the big screen as Spock in "Star Trek Into Darkness," nabbed the best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries award for his role in FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum." Sarah Paulson earned FX a second award, as she won the best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries award for "American Horror Story."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of HBO's political comedy "Veep," won best comedy series actress, while Louis C.K. of FX's "Louie" picked up best comedy series actor for the second year running.

"I've spent my entire career making sure to ignore what critics say and what critics write. Tonight that strategy has changed," Louis-Dreyfuss quipped as she accepted her award, according to Reuters.

"Homeland," which was last year's big drama winner, lost in all three of its nominated categories.

"Mad Men" also lost the one category it was nominated in, the best drama actress award for Elisabeth Moss. Moss still walked away with an award, though, for best actress in a movie or miniseries for her role in "Top of the Lake."

One of the big surprises of the night came from little-known Tatiana Maslany, of the BBC America drama "Orphan Black," in which she plays a woman with several identities. She won best drama actress.

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