‘Orange Is the New Black’ Wins Three Times at Critics’ Choice Awards
By Sahil Patel
“Orange Is the New Black” went home with three awards, including best comedy series, at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
There is a bit of a debate over whether it’s fair to call “OITNB” a comedy series. After being shut out by the Primetime Emmys in the drama category last fall, Netflix made the decision to submit the show as a comedy — much to the consternation of a few.
The prison dramedy, created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), tells the story of an upper-middle-class white woman who’s imprisoned due to some poor decisions she made in the past. While that’s how the narrative begins, over its run the series has become more known for its diverse and stellar cast — which was also recognized by the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
Kate Mulgrew, who plays the red-haired Russian cook Red, won in the supporting actress in a comedy category, while Uzo Aduba, who broke out with her role as “Crazy Eyes,” took home guest performer in a comedy.