Members of the Television Critics Association honored their picks for outstanding achievement in television at its 26th annual awards ceremony, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Scene-and-Heard Bits from Behind the Scenes:
• A humble and hilarious Tom Hanks, who suited up and appeared in person to accept ‘The Pacific’s award for Outstanding Miniseries, joked, “That’s it. This is the last time I’m f*%king dressing up for you people,” after his category followed the ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ characters dancing on-stage.
• ‘Lost’ co-creator Damon Lindelof won over critics in the crowd, even ones who were still bitter over the controversial end of the mystery drama, (which tied with ‘Breaking Bad’ as the Best Drama of the year) by opening his acceptance speech with a potent selection of vicious Twitter messages he received after the series finale aired. Some of the gems included, “You blew it big time, Lindelof. You suck”; “Hey, douche. Just give me six years of my life back”; “Have you ever researched these words: ‘closure’ and ‘actual explanations”; “Has anyone accused you of being an emotional terrorist yet?” and this kicker: “You’re a dirty liar. You never knew, you made it all up, you tricked us all, you betrayed me and I hope you rot, motherf*%ker.” That one is signed, J.J. Abrams.”
• “This is a show about a guy dying of cancer who cooks crystal meth,” said ‘Breaking Bad’ boss Vince Gilligan after tying for Best Drama. “I can’t believe the damn thing is on the air.”
• ‘Glee’s Lea Michele showed up sporting a very short new ‘do. Twist! It was just a wig, designed to give her producers a scare. Ryan Murphy, however, didn’t bat an eye, much to Lea’s dismay. “I was like, ‘I can work with it,'” he told Fancast. “It’s very Patti Lupone.”
• Accepting the award for Best Comedy, ‘Modern Family’ boss Steve Levitan announced that it was Rico ‘Manny’ Rodriguez’s birthday–and then the entire crowd sang Happy Birthday to the scene-stealing kid.
• Accepting Jane Lynch’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy recalled an original note for the character of Sue Sylvester: “Probably posed for Penthouse, possibly on horse estrogen.” He then revealed that character description is the main reason Lynch accepted the role.
Here’s the Complete 2010 TCA Award Winners List:
Program of the Year: ‘Glee‘
Outstanding New Program: ‘Glee‘
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Tie–‘Lost‘ and ‘Breaking Bad‘
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: ‘Modern Family’
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Jane Lynch, ‘Glee‘
Individual Achievement in Drama: Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: ‘Yo Gabba Gabba‘
Outstanding Achievement in News & Information: Discovery Channel’s ‘Life‘
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: HBO’s ‘The Pacific’
Heritage Award: ‘M*A*S*H,’ for its “cultural and social impact that program has had on society”
Career Achievement Award: James Garner, for his “influence his work has had on the small screen”