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FX triumphs at 32nd Annual TCA Awards

MUMBAI: The Television Critics Association (TCA) in the US recognised the top programmes and actors from the 2015–16 season at its 32nd Annual TCA Awards.

FX emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners on the strength of its celebrated true crime thriller ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’, which snagged three awards including Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials; Individual Achievement in Drama, given to star Sarah Paulson for her portrayal of troubled head prosecutor Marcia Clark; and the night’s top honour of Programme of the Year. Rounding out the network’s big night was acclaimed Soviet spy thriller ‘The Americans’, which captured the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, ABC’s ‘Black-Ish’ received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; Rachel Bloom, star of The CW’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’, claimed the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy; TBS’ freshman comedy show ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ earned top honours for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information; and the PBS animated series ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood’ won Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming.

The awards event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, hosted by Jaime Camil. Telenovela star Rogelio De La Vega, star of the dramas ‘The Passions of Santos’ and ‘Tiago a Traves Del Tiempo’, was also on hand making a cameo appearance.

The results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprising more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the US and Canada. The winners represented a blend of shows and stars in 12 categories, putting the spotlight on the best of the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming. Highlights included the USA’s ‘Mr Robot’ taking the crown for Outstanding New Programme and Netflix’s controversial docu-series ‘Making A Murderer’ winning Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.

The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award on CBS’ 1970s sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ for the cultural and social impact it has had on society, and presented comedy pioneer Lily Tomlin with a Career Achievement Award for her diverse TV legacy that spans over 50 years and includes seven Emmy wins, and roles in series such as ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In’, ‘Murphy Brown’, ‘The Magic School Bus’, ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Grace And Frankie’, among others.

“This was truly a landmark season—not just for television, but for women in television. We had an unprecedented amount of female winners this year, which is a testament to both the talented actresses who were honoured tonight, as well as to the growing number of high-quality roles being created for and by women. It’s extremely encouraging to see this growing trend being embraced, accepted and expanded upon, and I look forward to seeing even more of it in the future” said TCA president Amber Dowling.