The first televised Critics’ Choice Television Awards ceremony let TV thesps and creatives show their true colors Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton — and those colors were predominantly orange and black, with “Orange Is the New Black” winning three awards, while “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany took home the lead drama actress trophy for the second year running.
“OITNB” star Danielle Brooks — who plays Taystee – said that Netflix and its dramedies are changing the game in terms of how people consume their favorite shows.
“It’s phenomenal and so innovative what they’re doing, because they give so much freedom to the writers and ["OITNB" creator] Jenji Kohan. This allows us more freedom as actors to bring our spunk to our characters without feeling censored,” Brooks told Variety.
Brooks and Maslany exchanged words and hugs on the red carpet, admitting how much they enjoyed watching one another’s shows. Maslany said she recently binge-watched Season 2 of “OITNB.”
Maslany believes her award-winning role on “Orphan Black” will continue the conversation on gender and its many expressions.
“While presenting Tony’s character this season there [were] dividing opinions on him,” Maslany said.“But I think it’s worth it to instigate that discussion. To play this role I did a load of research and spoke to people and also just embraced my own knowledge of what gender expression is. I think it’s so unique to each person,” she said, praising “OITNB” actress Laverne Cox for increasing the visibility of transgender characters and actors on TV.
Many stars only found out that the show was being televised live on The CW while walking the red carpet. Several were surprised by the change — last year the awards were livestreamed online.
Presenters said they weren’t going to take themselves too seriously, however. “Mindy Project” star Adam Pally, who also presented last year, told Variety he was getting more comfortable (“maybe too comfortable,” he added) with the job. The “Happy Endings” alum quipped that he wasn’t sure which award he was presenting because he was “too lazy to check.”
“I think I’m presenting best supporting actress in a mini-series — if that’s even a category?” Pally said. “What’s the worst thing that can happen? I’m going to say the words wrong? Probably.”
The show was kept light with refreshments courtesy of Glenlivet, Absolut and Yogurtland. The frozen yogurt was dished out in oversized green and pink spoons. The night’s festivities ended with an afterparty that featured cocktails, dessert and a photobooth.