The Broadcast Television Journalists’ Association have announced their Critics’ Choice Award nominations today, and BBC AMERICA scored five nominations. Tatiana Maslany received a nod in the Best Actress in a Drama category for her roles — yes, roles — on the channel’s original drama Orphan Black. On the sci-fi thriller series, the Canadian-born star plays Sarah, a British orphan, who discovered she’s one of many clones, all of whom have strikingly different personalities, appearances and accents. She’s nominated in the same category as Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Keri Russell (The Americans), and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), and comes in ahead of such absent favorites as Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Brit Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey).
Also, BBC AMERICA’s The Hour and leads Dominic West and Romola Garai scored nods in the Miniseries categories, totaling three nominations for the farewell installment of the drama, and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan took a spot in a Best Reality Series field. Surveying Britishness beyond the channel, Downton Abbey earned a Best Drama Series nomination, but none of its stars were invited to today’s party. And you’d be correct in noticing there’s no Dame Maggie Smith. Gasp, I know. This was a notoriously uneven third season for the popular 1920s-set primetime soap, but it’s surprising that the solid actors were punished and not the show itself.
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln, The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys, and Homeland‘s Damian Lewis spar in the Best Drama Actor category to see which Brit does the best U.S. accent (while Rhys does one better, playing a Russian posing as an American). And Emilia Clarke breaks in for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Game of Thrones. (Dame Diana Rigg, who recently appeared as a terrible, terrible woman on Doctor Who, has a Guest Performer nomination for Thrones. At least that’s one Dame nominated.)
Cumberbatch fans, you won’t be disappointed: he’s nominated for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for HBO’s Parade’s End, competing against fellow Brits Dominic West and Toby Jones (The Girl). Cumberbatch’s Parade’s End co-star Rebecca Hall is up for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries against The Hour‘s Garai. Actor-director Peter Mullan is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for Sundance’s BBC co-pro Top of the Lake. And the Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries group contains two Brits, The Girl‘s Sienna Miller and Imelda Staunton. And major kudos to Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef), two BBC AMERICANS who are flying the Union flag high in the Best Reality Host category.
And no Sherlock wasn’t snubbed: it just wasn’t on this season. But watch out 2013-14 (or 2014-15, depending on where it airs in the calendar year). Winners are announced June 10 and will be streamed live.
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