UPDATED from TCA Awards: “First of all, I’d like to thank Variety and Gold Derby for letting me know that I should come tonight — I appreciate that very much. I got a dress, lickety split!” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said as she picked up her trophy for Best Individual Performance in Comedy.
The winners of the 2014 TCA Awards were leaked online this afternoon. But, in truth, the winners had learned some time ago they’d won — only winners show up at this non-televised trophy show. Nobody made Matthew McConaughey wise about this, however. Taking the stage to receive the trophy for Best Individual Performance in Drama, he tried to personally address his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, calling them out by name and looking for them in the Beverly Hilton ballroom — the same room in which the Golden Globes are held each year. After running through the first couple names, creating awkwardness among critics, he singled out fellow nominee Bryan Cranston, saying, “You are here, sir!” Cranston, however, showed up not because he was nommed in the drama acting derby, but because Breaking Bad had won Program of the Year for a second year running.
“Everyone [tonight] is thanking HBO,” Cranston said after HBO programs took four of the night’s trophies. “So, thank you, HBO! Early on — you turned us down,” Cranston said on stage when the Breaking Bad win was announced. He thanked TV critics for praising the AMC drama when few were watching “this story about a man who contracts cancer and decides to cook crystal meth. That’s such a bad idea I don’t blame HBO for saying ‘Oh, no!’, and FX going, ‘Oh no!’ ” he said. “But I’m very thankful to AMC — who was desperate,” Cranston joked.
PREVIOUS: Trophies will be handed out at 8 P.M. at The Beverly Hilton. Terry Crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hosting. Here’s the rundown:
Program of the Year: Breaking Bad
Best Drama Series: The Good Wife
Best Individual Performance in Drama: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Best Individual Performance in Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best News and Information: Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Best Reality Series: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Heritage Award: Saturday Night Live
Career Achievement: James Burrows
Related: TCA Awards 2013 — Winners