‘Orange is the New Black’ is Best Comedy at TV Critics’ Choice: good pick?

Orange is the New Black

As CB already mentioned, Orange is the New Black won big last night at the TV Critics’ Choice Awards. OITNB took home the award for Best Comedy series. This is a significant achievement because Netflix original series are still so fresh in the industry. No one ever thought that a little dramedy about women in prison would resonate so much with its audience, but people love the show. I’ve been looking forward to watching more episodes all week. It shall happen tonight.

Kate Mulgrew took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Red. Mulgrew was not on hand, and lead Taylor Schilling (who plays Piper Chapman) skipped the show too. Several more ladies from the cast did make attend, and I’ll get to them in a moment.

What I love about this show is that it’s a true ensemble. All of the performers are so good at what they do. Netflix released some interviews from the actors ahead of the second season, and I was surprised to see that many of the minor characters are classically trained actresses. The series (obviously) doesn’t portray prison in a realistic way because it is a comedy, but there are so many shades of realness at work. The backstories for many of the characters are just heartbreaking. I won’t get into spoilers because it’s all right there on Netflix for the taking. You should watch this show.

Here is (a poor quality) video of the acceptance speech for the show’s big award:

Laura Prepon wore an Alice + Olivia dress that was a little underwhelming. This dress would have carried more impact in a jewel tone. Her Alex character takes such charge of a situation, and I’d have liked to see Laura bring it on the red carpet. The fringey stuff at the bottom screams “Halloween costume.”

Laura Prepon

Uzo Aduba shone in a gold vintage dress and House of Lavande jewelry. She looks so good and took home the Guest Performer in a Comedy award for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Uzo thanked showrunner Jenji Kohan “for changing my life.” Uzo’s been upgraded to cast regular, so this award is a one-off for her!

Uzo Aduba

Natasha Lyonne went conservative in a Chloe dress with sheer sleeves and legs. This dress seems like a lot of fabric for such a tiny girl, but Natasha’s just regaining her Hollywood footing. She’s so happy to be working regularly again, and it’s great to see her on television. Her curls look so soft!

Natasha Lyonne

Laverne Cox brought the glamour, but I don’t have an ID for this dress. She was wearing an Erickson Beamon bracelet and ring. (Update: Laverne is wearing Marc Bouwer.)

Laverne Cox

Angie Harmon isn’t on OITNB (can you imagine?) but was on hand to support Rizzoli & Isles. Her bod looked awesome in a form-fitting, black Azzaro dress with a mini fishtail. This is the perfect dress for her.

Angie Harmon

Walton Goggins brought his unconventional hotness out for the evening. He should drop Justified (it was so disappointing last season) and step into the third season of OITNB as Venus Van Dam. That would be AMAZING.

Walton Goggins

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Jaderu says:

    I love Uzo Aduba’s dress. Beautiful.
    And dayummm, Angie is smokin hot in that dress! Her face looks diff though. I don’t watch Rizzoli & Isles or keep up with Angie so I can’t really tell.

  2. lucy2 says:

    Goggins and OITNB in one post! But he shouldn’t drop Justified, we’re finally going to get the Raylan/Boyd showdown.
    Uzo looks gorgeous, and I’m really happy for the cast for their show’s win. They’re all SOOO good and each character is so well portrayed.
    Angie’s dress is killer.

  3. kri says:

    My little sister looks alot like Angie Harmon-lucky b*tch. That dress will be in my closet if I have to hunt Uzo down.It is glorious.

  4. elo says:

    Oistnb is very deserving, it is so in touch and well written. It has a diverse cast which all seem to be given equal footing and screen time and it doesn’t rely on stereotypes or tropes. Also it has a transgender actress who is also black…I slow clap for all the barriers this little Netflix show has broken. Many more shows like this please!

  5. SnarkySnarkers says:

    Congrats ladies! So much talent. Just finished watching the 2nd season last night. I’m obsessed with this show and have a love hate relationship with the way its released all at once on Netflix. I love that I get to watch episodes back to back if I so choose but HATE that I will now have to wait 1 year for the next season to come out. *sad snarky*

    • Froggy says:

      Yes to all of this! Also Finished it last night and now I wish I watched it slower instead of in 3 nights.

  6. QQ says:

    I LOVE that show! All those ladies are soooo good! Honestly Idc about Piper or The GF ..the characters they play are super horrible and entitled and obnoxious But Suzanne, VEE?!?(omg that lady is TERRIBLE!!), Tastee, Poussay, Gloria!!, Black Cindy! The Lady with Cancer? Omg Those chicks bring such levels to characters that could have been Token or just all fillers! I also love that the younger selves that they got for some of them look SO much like them!!

    • Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

      Cancer Lady = Rosa Cisneros. She’s the one who surprised you by not turning out to be from ‘The Old Country’ in her flashback. Or surprised me, at least. Now I wonder if I sound ignorant–but in my defense, even her eye colour changed. Maybe I am sad and alarming but her name is Rosa.

  7. Adrien says:

    Yes. OITNB is far from perfect but it deserves that award.

  8. SpookySpooks says:

    So happy for Captain Janeway.

  9. Marty says:

    Absolutely well deserved! One of the things I love about the show is that is is so smart and clever with their comedy. Great cast and great show!

  10. Random Person #1580 says:

    I love all that this show stands for and the cast is incredibly talented, but I just couldn’t get into it. The funny parts just didn’t make me laugh. And there’s nothing more painful to watch than a comedy that’s not funny.

    Anyway, unlike most comedies, this one actually has an intelligent premise, talented actors and doesn’t rely on overused stereotypical formulas. I’d give them the award for being so refreshing and original, even if I don’t like the show myself.

  11. vv007 says:

    I love OITNB. It’s a nearly all female cast and the stories, the setting, the characters it’s all just SO MUCH. I actually don’t really even watch it as a comedy, there is definitely a lot that is heart wrenching and a bit ‘wtf’ but I enjoy it. Netflix is really bringing the heat. With House of Cards and now this show, it’s a pretty impressive start.

  12. Nicolette says:

    I don’t watch the show, but Laura Prepon has gone through some makeover since That 70′s Show. She looks great!

  13. Zooyork says:

    I love OITNB and am on S02E12, but I never realized until I read this that it is supposed to be a comedy!

  14. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    I feel for Lyonne there, one in a land of what feels like Amazonians. I rage at the heavens in my weaker moments and wonder why I couldn’t have had five more inches, just so that I wouldn’t have to ask for help at the supermarket so much, but then I remember that Homer said ‘we’re all none of us perfect’ and I wear my flat shoes…and I stride on.

  15. Davy says:

    I love OITNB but I don’t think it’s the best comedy. I think “Veep”, “Silicon Valley” & “Parks & Rec” are all much funnier. I think OITNB could be recognized (Udo’s win for example), but I love comedy and in a comedic category I think a comedy proper should win.

    Walton Goggins is my jam. I fucking love him. He is immensely watchable.

    SO glad that Tatiana Maslany won best female drama for “Orphan Black”, about damn time, she’s a revelation.

    TV > Film. Especially for female characters.

  16. Becky1 says:

    I’m only about halfway through Season 1 and so far I really like it. Great characters.

  17. Alyce says:

    I third (forth) the notion that, while great, OITNB isn’t a comedy. Dramedy maybe?