‘Homeland,’ ‘Community’ & ‘Sherlock’ Dominate Critics’ Choice TV Awards

"Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation" also get top awards in a possible Emmy precursor.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

At last night's 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a few unexpected series walked away with the top prizes.

Showtime's "Homeland" was named best drama, while series star Claire Danes also claimed best drama actress. AMC's "Breaking Bad" swept both the best drama actor and best supporting actor in a drama. with wins for Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito; respectively. Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" was named best supporting actress in a drama.

In comedy. "Community" was a surprise winner for best comedy. Series star Joel McHale took the stage to accept the award and he made a point to thank the absent Dan Harmon for creating "the greatest show on television." On twitter, Harmon acknowledged that his absence wasn't his idea:  “Congrats, Community, and thank you, critics. Sorry I was unable to have been invited!” 

"Modern Family" took both supporting comedy acting awards, with Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen; while Louis C.K. was named best comedy actor of "Louie." For best comedy actress, Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation") and Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl") shared the award in a tie.

BBC's "Sherlock" was also a big winner of the night, taking home best actor in a miniseries/movie for series star Benedict Cumberbatch and as well as the award for best miniseries/movie. FX's "Archer" also won for best animated series.
Given the surprising lineup of winners as selected by the TV critics, there is some speculation that these awards may be an indication of how the Emmy nominations will fare later this summer. Both "Homeland" and "Community" are Emmy dark horses, but their respective wins could propel them to wider recognition at TV's top awards ceremony.

A full list of Critics’ Choice Television Awards winners is below: 

Best Drama Series

Homeland – Showtime

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – Homeland – Showtime

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men – AMC

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Lucy Liu – Southland – TNT

Best Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Voice – NBC

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Best Talk Show
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Best Comedy Series
Community – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. – Louie – FX

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl – FOX
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Paul Rudd – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Animated Series
Archer – FX

Best Movie/Miniseries
Sherlock – PBS

Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock – PBS

Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Julianne Moore – Game Change – HBO

Most Exciting New Series
The Following (Fox/Warner Bros.)
The Mindy Project (Fox/Universal)
Nashville (ABC/Lionsgate)
The Newsroom (HBO)
Political Animals (USA/Warner Bros.)