True Detective Season One Wins BAFTA


In an exciting piece of news today, True Detective season one won the BAFTA award for international series, beating out some stiff competition from the other nominees House of Cards, The Good Wife, and Orange is the New Black. This is probably the last major award that will still be dealing with True Detective’s much-snubbed first season.

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It is an interesting and surprising way to close out the critical recognition of the first season, which, despite almost unanimous praise from critics and numerous major nominations, found itself coming up short when it came to actually snagging any major wins, though it received a lot of recognition in smaller guild based awards.

Though we certainly wouldn’t presume to diminish the importance of all the awards that the first season did ultimately take home, the BAFTA win can be seen as somewhat of a symbolic victory as we prepare ourselves for the new season and another awards season next year.

Though it doesn’t make as big a splash here in the U.S., the British Academy of Film & Television Arts is comparable in many ways as a British equivalent of some of our more prestigious institutions like the Emmy’s and Golden Globes.

Winning this award marks an important milestone for the series, and might give some members of our own academies some pause when they consider True Detective’s second season come next year.

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