Mad Men stars shine as show sweeps the board at TV critics' awards
In what amounts to a reflection of last year's Emmys and a bold prediction of this year's ceremony, Mad Men and Modern Family won the top prizes at a new event organised by television critics.
The two shows, both critical darlings, took the respective best drama and comedy prizes at the Critics' Choice Television Awards during a luncheon in Beverly Hills yesterday.
The event is organised by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, a spin-off of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group with an impressive Oscar forecasting pedigree.
The ceremony took place four days before ballots are due in for the Emmy Awards, television's top honours. Emmy nominees will be announced on July 14.
Mad Men, a Madison Avenue drama set in the 1960s, ended up with three Critics' Choice awards in all. Series star Jon Hamm won for best actor in a drama. Christina Hendricks was named best supporting drama actress in a tie with Margo Martindale of Justified.
Modern Family, which led the Critics' Choice field with six nominations, ended up with just the top comedy award. On the comedy side, the winners inlcuded reigning Emmys champion Jim Parsons for his lead role in The Big Bang Theory and Busy Philipps for her part in Cougar Town.