‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Wins Big at TCA Awards; ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Black-ish’ Grab Awards

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

This evening, the Television Critics Association (TCA) celebrated the best in television at their 32nd annual TCA Award presentation, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. The ceremony was hosted by Jane the Virgin star, Jaime Camil, who also made an appearance onstage as his Jane alter ego, telenovela superstar Rogelio De La Vega.

Twelve distinct categories were chosen by votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional television critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. The categories included the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news, and youth programming.

Taking home three awards was the FX true crime thriller The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story which won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials and Program of the Year awards along with acting honors for Sarah Paulson (who played prosecutor Marcia Clark) in the Individual Achievement in Drama category.

FX also saw its spy thriller The Americans take home the Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the second year in a row. The Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award went to ABC’s sitcom, Black-ish as well as USA’s Mr. Robot winning in the Outstanding New Program Category.

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Other awards went to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category and the Outstanding Achievement in News and Information was awarded to TBS series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Netflix’s Making A Murderer took home the Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming award and PBS’s Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood won the Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming award.

Lily Tomlin accepted the Career Achievement Award for a legacy of television work that spans over 50 years in series such as Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Murphy Brown, The Magic School Bus, The West Wing and Grace and Frankie. Groundbreaking CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show received the Heritage Award for its cultural and social impact on society.

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“This was truly a landmark season—not just for television, but for women in television,” said Amber Dowling, TCA President. “We had an unprecedented amount of female winners this year, which is a testament to both the talented actresses who were honored 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.”

Here is the complete list of TCA Award winners:

  • Individual Achievement in Drama: Sarah Paulson (THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, FX)
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Bloom (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, The CW)
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (TBS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: MAKING A MURDERER (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD (PBS)
  • Outstanding New Program: MR. ROBOT (USA)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: THE AMERICANS (FX) – second consecutive year
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: BLACK-ISH (ABC)
  • Career Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin