The second-annual Critics Choice Television Awards have a ways to go to reach higher levels of significance, but it's worth pointing out some of the nice ways the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. deviated from the norm in announcing their nominations today for the June 18 event.
1) Drama actor: Charlie Hunnam, “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
Always nice to see the former "Undeclared" star (above) get any recognition.
2) Drama actress: Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
An absolutely beguiling performer who deserves to step out of the awards shadow cast by Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith.
3) Drama supporting actor: Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
We all know how great Esposito is – but he has never received an individual nomination from the Emmys or Golden Globes.
4) Drama guest performer: Jere Burns, “Justified” (FX)
Burns evolved from straight devious villain on "Justified" to a character who was often amazed, appalled and confounded by the people he found himself involved with. His reaction to Timothy Olyphant's threat to shoot him was one of the most priceless moments of the past TV season.
5) Comedy actress: Ashley Rickards, “Awkward” (MTV)
Confession: I haven't seen anything of this show outside of the pilot. But from what I've seen and heard, this feels like some good outside-the-box thinking.
6) Comedy supporting actor: Jim Rash, “Community” (NBC)
Admittedly, it was hard to see Donald Glover ignored in this category, but losing a spot to Oscar-winning screenwriter Rash is no slight.
7) Comedy guest performer: Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari, "Girls" (HBO)
I'm sure it says something about me that they're my favorite part of this show. I believe it says that I'm old. But I still like the choices.
8) Movie/Miniseries: "The Hour" (BBC America)
Any recognition for this program is well-deserved, though the omission of Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in the acting categories takes some of the juice out of it.
9) Movie/Miniseries actress: Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult” (Sundance Channel)
Overlooked by many in the States, but apparently not everybody, was Watson's spellbinding work in "Adult." Dominic West, nominated for "The Hour," could easily have been picked for this project as well.