TCA16: ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Grabs TCA Awards Spotlight

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FX’s limited series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the big winner at Saturday’s TCA Awards event, the Television Critics Association announced.

The series won three awards to lead all television shows, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials and the Individual Achievement in Drama award given to Sarah Paulson for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark, according to the TCA.

FX’s The Americans repeated as the winner in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama category, while ABC’s Black-ish received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and USA's Mr. Robot won the best new program award, according to the TCA.  

CBS’ 1970s comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show was honored with the TCA’s Heritage Award, and legendary actress Lily Tomlin was presented with a Career Achievement Award.

The 32nd Annual TCA Awards presentation, held at the Beverly Hilton, recognized the top programs and actors from the 2015-2016 television season.

“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.”

2016 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

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)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: BLACK-ISH (ABC)

Career Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin



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