The fish-out-of-water sitcom took home four major prizes on Sunday at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, an evening devoted to streaming platforms. The Apple TV+ original took the top comedy series, beating out other critically acclaimed favorites like HBO Max hacking and Hulus Only murders in the building† Jason Sudeikis, who plays the show’s eponymous character, won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in the show’s second season. It is the Sudeikis took home that particular trophy for his role on the show, winning it over comedic legends Martin Short and Steve Martin, who were both nominated for Only murders in the building.
Brett Goldstein, the British actor who plays Roy Kent, the gruff but good-hearted former team captain, won the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. We’ll be seeing a lot more of him. Goldstein, who is also one of the show’s writers, recently signed a with Warner Bros. TV, where he will develop, create and produce new projects for WBTV, including HBO Max. Finally, Hannah Waddingham, the British actress and West End veteran who plays Lasso’s boss Rebecca Walton, won the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Walton has also won an Emmy Award for her role in the series.
The evening was a big win for Apple TV+, which also scored nominations for (Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor in a Movie.) Ted Lasso scored the most awards of all nominated TV shows this year. Thanks to the impact of the pandemic on the movie industry, virtually every category featured works from streaming platforms or premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. The evening was also a big win for Netflix, which won Jane Campion’s Best Picture †
The Critic Choice Awards have traditionally been overshadowed by the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. But thanks to lucky timing and rescheduling, this year’s show makes it one of the for both the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmys, escalating its importance as it will be a likely prediction of future winners.
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