The Television Critics Association Awards pre-empted many likely Emmy winners by presenting awards to shows such as 'Breaking Bad', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Behind the Candelabra'.
The Television Critics Association Awards (TCA Awards), held in Beverly Hills on Saturday (3rd August) night, saw Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation and The Americans winning awards.
Breaking Bad, the drama following a meth-dealing terminally-ill Chemistry teacher and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, won the top award as 'Program of the Year'. Game of Thrones was awarded 'Best Drama' and 'Best Comedy' was a tie between The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation. The Americans won 'Outstanding New Programme'.
The Awards have been held since 1985 and have eleven categories with awards presented every summer. 220 members of the association select the best shows on television. The awards not only focus on the shows but on individual's acting talents.
This year, Louie C.K. the star of Louie, won 'Outstanding Achievement in Comedy'. For 'Outsanding Achievement in Drama', Tatiana Maslany won the award for her roles in Orphan Black. Also in the field of acting, Barbara Walters accepted the 'Career Achievement Award'.
Less popular shows which were nominated included Shark Tank for 'Best Reality Program' and The Central Park Five won the award for 'News and Information Programming.' All in the Family received the Heritage Award and Bunheads won for 'Youth Programming'
The awards do not necessarily follow in a similar pattern to the Emmy voters. However, with the likes of Behind the Candelabra winning 'Best Movie, Miniseries or Special' at the TCA Awards and being nominated for Best Actors for both Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in addition to 'Best Miniseries or TV Movie', it seems highly likely that the TCA Awards will be indicative of the upcoming Emmy awards.
Louie C.K. at the premiere of season 2 of Louie, held at Carolines on Broadway, New York.
Tatiana Maslany at The Cinema Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre screening of Open Road Films' 'The Host', held at the Tribeca Hotel, New York.