Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy snubbed at Critics Choice Awards

Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO
Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO /

It’s the end of the year, which means holiday cheer, the leaves falling off the trees, and various film and television associations announcing nominations for the press of awards shows that will pepper the early months of 2023. The nominations for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards came out today, or at least the ones related to TV did; for some weird reason, they don’t announce the film nominations until December 14.

Anyway, the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary got the most love with six nominations, trailed by Better Call Saul with five. House of the Dragon, HBO’s new Game of Thrones prequel show, got three nominations: one for Best Drama Series, and two in actings categories: Milly Alcock (Young Rhaenyra Targaryen) in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen) in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

They both did terrific jobs and I’m happy for both of them! That said, I think I’m more mad than happy, because the two House of the Dragon cast members I thought most deserved to be honored with acting nominations aren’t on this list at all: Paddy Considine (Viserys Targaryen) and Emma D’Arcy (Adult Rhaenyra Targaryen).

Matt Smith and Milly Alcock receive Critics Choice Nominations (while Paddy Considine and Emma D’Arcy are snubbed)

Paddy Considine gave a career-best performance as the ailing King Viserys, and I was shocked not to see him get some recognition. I’m betting I know why it happened, though. My guess is that while Matt Smith and Milly Alcock were nominated in the comparatively less competitive Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories where they were able to break through, Considine and Emma D’Arcy were nominated in the more cutthroat Best Actor/Actress categories, where they didn’t quite make the cut, at least in the eyes of the critics voting in this thing.

That said, according to this critic, they should both be on there. Considine especially really blew it out of the water, and unlike D’Arcy, won’t have a chance to shine in future seasons since his character died. I haven’t seen all the performances nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, but of the ones I have seen, I’d swap out Anthony Starr in The Boys or Diego Luna in Andor, good as they are, for Considine in House of the Dragon.

See the full list of nominations below:

Best Drama Series

  • Andor (Disney+)
  • Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  • House of the Dragon (HBO)
  • Severance (Apple TV+)
  • Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Diego Luna, Andor
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Adam Scott, Severance
  • Antony Starr, The Boys

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Mandy Moore, This Is Us
  • Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone
  • Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Andre Braugher, The Good Fight
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
  • Michael Emerson, Evil
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • John Lithgow, The Old Man
  • Matt Smith, House of the Dragon

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Milly Alcock, House of the Dragon
  • Carol Burnett, Better Call Saul
  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Audra McDonald, The Good Fight
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul

Best Comedy Series

  • Abbott Elementary (ABC)
  • Barry (HBO)
  • The Bear (FX)
  • Better Things (FX)
  • Ghosts (CBS)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Reboot (Hulu)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Matt Berry, What We Do in the Shadows
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Reboot
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
  • D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Reservation Dogs

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry, Girls5eva
  • Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs
  • Jean Smart, Hacks

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Brandon Scott Jones, Ghosts
  • Leslie Jordan, Call Me Kat
  • James Marsden, Dead to Me
  • Chris Perfetti, Abbott Elementary
  • Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Paulina Alexis, Reservation Dogs
  • Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
  • Marcia Gay Harden, Uncoupled
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
  • Annie Potts, Young Sheldon
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Best Limited Series

  • The Dropout (Hulu)
  • Gaslit (Starz)
  • The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)
  • The Offer (Paramount+)
  • Pam & Tommy (Hulu)
  • Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  • This Is Going to Hurt (AMC+)
  • Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

Best Movie Made for Television

  • Fresh (Hulu)
  • Prey (Hulu)
  • Ray Donovan: The Movie (Showtime)
  • The Survivor (HBO)
  • Three Months (Paramount+)
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made of Television

  • Ben Foster, The Survivor
  • Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
  • Samuel L. Jackson, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
  • Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy
  • Ben Whishaw, This Is Going to Hurt

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made of Television

  • Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
  • Lily James, Pam & Tommy
  • Amber Midthunder, Prey
  • Julia Roberts, Gaslit
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The First Lady
  • Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made of Television

  • Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
  • Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
  • Matthew Goode, The Offer
  • Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
  • Ray Liotta, Black Bird
  • Shea Whigham, Gaslit

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made of Television

  • Claire Danes, Fleishman Is In Trouble
  • Dominique Fishback, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
  • Betty Gilpin, Gaslit
  • Melanie Lynskey, Candy
  • Niecy Nash-Betts, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Juno Temple, The Offer

Best Foreign Language Series

  • 1899 (Netflix)
  • Borgen (Netflix)
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Netflix)
  • Garcia! (HBO Max)
  • The Kingdom Exodus (MUBI)
  • Kleo (Netflix)
  • My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
  • Pachinko (Apple TV+)
  • Tehran (Apple TV+)

Best Animated Series

  • Bluey (Disney+)
  • Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
  • Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (Adult Swim)
  • Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)
  • Undone (Prime Video)

Best Talk Show

  • The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
  • The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
  • Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

Best Comedy Special

  • Fortune Feimster: Good Fortune (Netflix)
  • Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (HBO)
  • Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (Netflix)
  • Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth (HBO)
  • Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Netflix)
  • Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant & John Early (Peacock)

The 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards will air Sunday, January 15 on The CW.

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