One Show Cleans Up At Critics’ Choice Awards And It’s Not What You Think

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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“Better Call Saul” is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to a few big wins at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

The hit show, which is equal parts prequel and spin-off from the original “Breaking Bad,” concluded its final season in 2022, leaving fans both bereft and somehow more deeply in love with Bob Odenkirk’s leading role as “Jimmy ‘Saul Goodman’ McGill.”

After losing to Kevin Costner and “Yellowstone” at the Golden Globes, Odenkirk was able to walk away Sunday with the “Best Actor in a Drama Series” award from the Critics’ Choice Awards, and wow was it well deserved.

Odenkirk did not only build the original “Breaking Bad” character into something larger than life itself, but was so successful in his supporting role that AMC greenlit his own spin-off … and the script, cinematography, acting and the cast he was surrounded by excelled in ways that no one expected.

Thanks to the team behind “Better Call Saul,” acting heavyweights like Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn, and Michael Mando were finally able to show America what they’re all about. Let’s not also forget the brilliance of Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks, both of whom joined “Better Call Saul” following their endings in “Breaking Bad.” (RELATED: ‘Yellowstone’ Causes So Much Drama After Huge Award Win)

So it was even more wonderful to see the entire show walk away with the “Best Drama Series” award Sunday. Esposito won “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series,” too! It was unfortunate that Seehorn, Fabian, Mando and Banks didn’t get their own individual awards, but these guys are going onto huge careers in the wake of this simply marvelous, truly American series. We’ll see them accepting more awards very soon.