‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Wins Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama

Tatiana Maslany accepting her Critics Choice award on June 10.

Tatiana Maslany accepting her Critics Choice award on June 10.

Tatiana Maslany does a lot of heavy lifting playing a gazillion roles (including a Brit) on BBC AMERICA’s clone thriller Orphan Black. Picking up her first Critics Choice trophy must have felt like a breeze, but you couldn’t tell by the surprise and delight on her face.

“Thank you so much to the critics,” she said in her emotional acceptance speech at last night’s ceremony (June 10). “Our weird little show would be nothing without you guys talking about it.” Watch her full speech below:

It was a huge victory over the likes of Homeland‘s Claire Danes, Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss and The AmericansKeri Russell, setting Maslany up well for Emmy season. (She was also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama by the Television Critics Association awards yesterday.)

Maslany is clearly winning fans in her fellow actors. Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, an attendee and winner at last night’s awards, sent out a series of nervous tweets after he spotted Maslany in the audience.

Plus, there was this lovely snap taken by Dominic Monaghan, who was a nominee last night for his BBC AMERICA’s reality travel series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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