HBO’s 'Angels’ the Critics’ Choice

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And the critics’ choice is … Angels in America. The 200-member Television Critics Association, at its annual awards ceremony here July 17, gave its top honor to Home Box Office’s multi-Emmy nominee Angels in America.

The AIDS-themed drama, based on a play by Tony Kushner, also won the award for outstanding achievement among movies, miniseries and specials. The only other multiple award winner was Fox’s Arrested Development. The series was named best comedy and outstanding new program.

Other cable award winners were Home Box Office’s The Sopranos, voted best drama series; Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, which was a top winner last year and this year was named top news and information show; and Nickelodeon’s Nick News, honored for outstanding children’s programming.

Individual achievement awards were bestowed upon Ian McShane, the villainous star of HBO’s western series Deadwood; and Ricky Gervais, star of The Office on BBC America.

The critics gave their Heritage Award to CBS’s venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes. That honor recognizes a longstanding program with lasting cultural or social impact. That show’s producer, Don Hewitt, received this year’s award for career achievement.

This is the 20th year that the TV writers have given awards for their picks as the best in television.