The 31st Annual TCA Awards took place last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, honoring the best television the 2014-2015 season had to offer. Votes for the awards were cast by members of the Television Critics Association, which is comprised of more than 220 professional critics and journalists.
James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, was on hand to emcee.
“This was truly a monumental year for television,” Scott D. Pierce, TCA president and TV critic for The Salt Lake Tribune, said in a statement.“We said goodbye to some old favorites, with the final seasons of Mad Men and Late Show with David Letterman, and we were treated to strong new additions like Fox’s Empire and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. There were a lot of difficult choices to be made, but there’s no doubt that the nominees and winners all deserve their accolades. I’m excited to see what the next year of television has in store.”
If you’ve been paying attention even a little in the past year, you’ll know that the critics love comedian Amy Schumer. The comedienne took home two TCA awards, beating out last year’s winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Individual Achievement in Comedy, while Ms. Schumer’s hit Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer was presented with Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
Although he remains Emmy-less for his portrayal of Don Draper, Jon Hamm took home his second TCA Individual Achievement in Drama for Mad Men. A special Heritage Award was bestowed on both The Late Show and Late Night with David Letterman, for Mr. Letterman’s more than 33 years behind the desk. The TCA also presented legendary director, producer, and writer James L. Brooks with a Career Achievement Award.
A full list of the night’s winners is below:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: The Chair (Starz)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: The Fosters (ABC Family) – second consecutive year
- Outstanding New Program: Better Call Saul (AMC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: The Americans (FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
- Career Achievement Award: James L. Brooks
- Heritage Award: Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman (CBS/NBC)
- Program of the Year: Empire (Fox)