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Olive Kitteridge tops Critics' Choice Television Awards

Mini-series Olive Kitteridge scooped three prizes at Sunday night's (31May15) Critics' Choice Television Awards, but lacked representation as its leading stars weren't on hand to accept their trophies.

The drama, based on the award-winning book by Elizabeth Stout, was feted with the Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series for Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, respectively, but neither were at the Los Angeles prizegiving to accept their awards.


The program was also named the Best Limited Series, and director Lisa Cholodenko took the stage to accept the honor, but lamented that she was the only one on hand to receive the accolade.


She told the crowd, "Oh my God, they're all somewhere out there working. They actually have other jobs, it's incredible. I feel like I should be here with Fran and Richard (Jenkins) and Bill, and everybody else... I'm super proud of it... and all these wonderful actors and every creative spirit that came into this wonderful thing. Thank you, I'm so deeply appreciative and moved and sort of sorry I'm here to celebrate alone, but hey, thank you!"


Meanwhile, transgender series Transparent scooped up two awards for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for Bradley Whitford, and Jeffrey Tambor for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.


Upon accepting the prize, Tambor acknowledged how groundbreaking the program has been for the transgender community, saying, "This is much bigger than me... I had an acting teacher who said, 'When you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it.' And now I've been given the wonderful gift of having a role where I have to act and we all have to act because other people's lives depend on it."


Multiple winners also included sitcom Silicon Valley, which earned the Best Comedy Series prize and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for T.J. Miller, while Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, won two prizes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, respectively.


Other notable winners included spy drama The Americans (Best Drama Series), Empire's Taraji P. Henson (Best Actress in a Drama Series), David Oyelowo for Nightingale (Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series), Amy Schumer (Best Actress in a Comedy Series), and for the second year in a row, Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Mom.


The veteran actress stunned fans when she accepted the trophy from guest presenter James Corden, as she planted a huge, long kiss on his lips, after he called her "one of the best actresses I've ever met".


In addition, Charlize Theron presented her A Million Ways To Die In The West co-star/director Seth MacFarlane with the Louis XIII Genius Award in recognition of his contribution to television. Upon accepting the honor, MacFarlane made light of the fact that he usually gets mixed reviews on his projects, and rarely receives positive recognition for his work.


He said, "I don't win a ton of awards so this is going to look great next to my soccer participation trophy from 1988... Let's put this in perspective here - being called a 'genius' in Hollywood is kinda like being called 'thin' at Disneyland - it's not at all that hard."


The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was hosted by TV personality Cat Deeley, who also earned the title of Best Reality Series Host for competition series So You Think You Can Dance.