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The Book of Negroes nominated for two Critics' Choice Awards

Critically acclaimed CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes has been nominated for two Critics' Choice Television Awards, revealed the Broadcast Television Journalists Association Wednesday.

The mini-series gets nods for best limited series and best actress in a limited series

Critically acclaimed CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes has been nominated for two Critics' Choice Television Awards, revealed the Broadcast Television Journalists Association Wednesday.

The critically-acclaimed CBC series The Book of Negroes may soon have more accomplishments to its name.

The historical drama has been nominated for two Critics' Choice Television Awards: one for best limited series and one for best actress in a movie or limited series for lead, Aunjanue Ellis.

The Book of Negroes is up against some big contenders in the best limited series category, including 24: Live Another DayOlive Kitteridge and The Honorable Woman, which also had its Canadian premiere on CBC Television.

Actress Aunjanue Ellis is nominated for best actress in a limited series for her role as Aminata Diallo in The Book of Negroes.
In Negroes, Ellis plays Aminata Diallo, a woman who was kidnapped from her west African home as a girl and sold into slavery in the U.S., in the TV adaptation based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning book.

The six-part miniseries, directed by Clement Virgo, premiered on CBC in January and earned top ratings for its time slot.

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the full list of contenders for the 5th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards.

The awards will be handed out on May 31 at a gala in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The show will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on A&E.


A select list of Critics' Choice Television Awards nominees:

Best comedy series:

  • Broad City
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Mom
  • Silicon Valley 
  • Transparent
  • Veep
  • You're the Worst 

Best actor in a comedy series:

  • Anthony Anderson, Blackish
  • Chris Messina, The Mindy Project
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley 
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

Best actress in a comedy series:

  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer 
  • Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat 
  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin 
  • Ilana Glazer, Broad City
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback 

Best supporting actor in a comedy series:

  • Adam Driver, Girls 
  • Cameron Monaghan, Shameless
  • Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin 
  • T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley 
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Best supporting actress in a comedy series:

  • Allison Janney, Mom 
  • Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia
  • Eden Sher, The Middle
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory 
  • Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness

Best movie made for television:

  • Bessie
  • Killing Jesus 
  • Nightingale 
  • A Poet in New York
  • Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Best limited series:

  • 24: Live Another Day 
  • American Crime
  • The Book of Negroes 
  • The Honorable Woman
  • Olive Kitteridge 
  • Wolf Hall 

Best actor in a movie or limited series

  • David Oyelowo, Nightingale 
  • James Nesbitt, The Missing 
  • Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day
  • Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
  • Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy
  • Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge 

Best actress in a movie or limited series:

  • Aunjanue Ellis, The Book of Negroes
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge 
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
  • Queen Latifah, Bessie 

Best drama series:

  • The Americans 
  • Empire 
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife 
  • Homeland 
  • Justified
  • Orange Is the New Black

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