The leads in Better Call Saul and Empire pocketed the top honours at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Hollywood, in a ceremony hosted by Cat Deeley.
Star of the Breaking Bad prequel Bob Odenkirk picked up the best actor award, while Taraji P. Henson, who plays the unstoppable Cookie in Empire won best actress for her starring role. As she accepted her award she had a special message for fellow actor Terrence Howard — and his accountant: “I fought for you. You owe me five percent of your money.”
Jon Stewart, who has now retired from The Daily Show, won best talk show, fending off competition from The Graham Norton Show, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
But Corden didn’t lose out altogether: he received an unexpectedly long kiss from Allison Janney, winner of best supporting actress in a comedy series for Mom.
In the best drama category, US cold war spy thriller The Americans fought off competition from Game of Thrones, Empire and Orange is the New Black, which is returning for its third season on 12th June.
Tech-world satire Silicon Valley beat Armando Iannucci’s Veep, teen sitcom Jane the Virgin and the dysfunctional family from Transparent to the award for best comedy. Silicon Valley’s TJ Miller won best supporting actor in a comedy series, and accepted his award looking a little perplexed. “I thought I was going to lose, so I ate a lot,” he said, still swallowing macaroons.
British actor David Oyelowo, star of Selma, won a best actor gong for Nightingale, an HBO movie about a troubled veteran going through a psychological crisis.