James Corden scoops a Critics' Choice Award | ...but Fleabag goes away empty-handed © CBS

James Corden scoops a Critics' Choice Award

...but Fleabag goes away empty-handed

James Corden won a Critics’ Choice award in the States.

His Late Late Show on CBS saw off competition from John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmell and Samantha Bee to scoop the best talk show title.

But BBC Three’s Fleabag – available on Amazon Prime in the US – missed out on being named best comedy to  Silicon Valley; while star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was pipped to best actress in a comedy series to Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon.

SNL also landed the best guest performer in a comedy series courtesy of Alec Baldwin, who plays Donald Trump on the show – much to the chagrin of the real President-Elect.

Donald Glover won the comedyactor award for FX series Atlanta – about  two cousins on the city’s rap scene – while best supporting actor in a comedy went to Louie Anderson for Baskets, on the same network.  The series stars Zach Galifianakis – who co-created it with  Louis CK and Jonathan Krisel – as a failed professional Parisian clown who winds up working in a rodeo  in California 

Best supporting actress went to  Jane Krakowski in Tina Fey’s Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And BoJack Horseman was named best animated series.

In movie categories, Deadpool won best comedy, with star Ryan Reynolds scooping best comedy actor. Meryl Streep won best actress in a comedy for Florence Foster Jenkins.

Comedian TJ Miller hosted the ceremony in Santa Monica,  two days after he was arrested for allegedly slapping a cab driver in a row over Donald Trump – but he made no reference t the story in his monologue. 

• Anglo-Greek comic Katerina Vrana failed to scoop the Funniest Person In The World title at the weekend. She came in the last five, but following a final in Finland and an online vote, Malaysian comedian  Harith Iskander took the title.

Published: 12 Dec 2016

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