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There is a new awards show to honor television, and it has already honored "Modern Family" in a big way. The show led the way with six nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards, including five for acting. "Modern Family" was one of 10 shows to be nominated as the best comedy series on television. More impressively, five of the regular actors received supporting acting nominations. This is a great honor for the entire cast, all of whom offer strong performances on a consistent basis.
Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, and Ed O'Neill will battle it out for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. They will have some good competition from strong actors on other shows, but any of the three would be a worthy winner. So far, Eric Stonestreet has been honored the most. He is great as Cameron, but I would like to see Burrell or O'Neill receive some more recognition. Phil and Jay have the best dynamic of any characters on the show. Any time they work together, it is gold. I'm glad to see that this awards show honors these two actors. As great as Stonestreet is, Burrell and O'Neill deserve just as much credit.
Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara were nominated in the supporting actress category. The men often overshadow the women on this show, but both actresses have really grown in depth over the past season. There have been some great moments for Claire and Gloria, including some with each other. At first, I thought Vergara was a little over the top. But she was great in the second season, and she added some depth to her character. Meanwhile, Bowen has been solid throughout the show, no matter who she is working with.
It says a lot for "Modern Family" that five actors were honored by the television critics. Any of them would be a worthy winner, and I'm looking forward to seeing who comes out on top. More importantly though, this shows how much range the show has. With so many talented actors and great characters, there should be a lot of fresh ideas for years to come on "Modern Family."