Fargo and Breaking Bad are big winners at the Critics' Choice Awards

British hopefuls Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman miss out as Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey and Allison Janney walk away with the night's spoils

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Fargo and Breaking Bad are big winners at the Critics' Choice Awards
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Susanna Lazarus

Fargo, Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black were among the big winners at last night's Critics' Choice Awards. 

The annual ceremony - held in Los Angeles - awarded Breaking Bad the prestigious prize for best drama series following its dramatic finale last September. Aaron Paul took home the gong for best supporting actor, although the show's star Bryan Cranston lost out to True Detective's Matthew McConaughey in the best actor category. 

New series Fargo and Orange is the New Black also added to their growing collections of silverware. The latter - a Netflix original - won best comedy series with star Kate Mulgrew (who plays Red) tying with Mom's Allison Janney for best actress in a comedy series and Uzo Aduba winning best guest performer in a comedy for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren. 

Fargo's Martin Freeman missed out on the best actor in a movie or mini-series gong but the accolade went to his co-star Billy Bob Thornton. The acclaimed drama based on the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film was also named best mini-series with breakout star Alison Tolman claiming the prize for best supporting actress. 

The rest of the night's big winners included Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany who won best actress in a drama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus picking up best comedy actress for Veep, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons (winning a second best comedy actor gong) and The Normal Heart which scooped best movie and best supporting actor for Matt Bomer. 

Despite four nominations (including acting nods for Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Amanda Abbington), British series Sherlock walked away empty handed, as did one-off TV movies An Adventure in Space and Time and Burton & Taylor. 

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