Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch honoured at Critics Choice Awards – it almost makes up for the BAFTA!

Benedict Cumberbatch may have been passed up at this year’s BAFTA awards ceremony, but it thankfully the actor has received some recognition for his acting skills at this year’s Critics Choice Awards.

Earlier in 2012, Dominic West beat the Sherlock actor to the Leading Actor BAFTA, for his role in ITV1’s ‘Appropriate Adult’ but at the time joked:

‘Even my sister was rooting for Benedict!’

Well it seems that a number of industry insiders must be singing from West’s sister’s hymn sheet as last night the British star was named best actor in a movie or mini-series for the BBC detective series.

The show itself also won on the night, taking the trophy for best movie or mini-series, although Lara Pulver (who portrayed the character of Irene Adler) was pipped to the post by Julianne Moore in the best actress category, after she took the trophy for her role in HBO’s Game Change.

Benedict’s award is just further proof of how huge he is about to become on the small and big screen in the next few months. The 35 year old will star in the new Star Trek sequel, which is being directed by J. J. Abrams, he will also appear in the big screen adaptation of The Hobbit and in Twelve Years A Slave, opposite Hollywood legend Brad Pitt.

Thankfully though, all his recent success hasn’t tempted Cumberbatch to step away from the Sherlock franchise, in fact in a recent interview he admitted that he plans to be playing the role of the iconic director for a long, long time. He also revealed that filming on the third series of Sherlock will begin in January 2013.


The Critics Choice Television awards were not awarded as a result of a public vote, but were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles yesterday.

The ceremony was held just a month before nominations for the primetime Emmy Awards are revealed, and we are hoping Benedict and Sherlock’s success is just a sign of things to come on that front.

Do you think Cumberbatch and the BBC series deserved the honor? Leave your comments below and if you’re a massive fan, then you should definitely check out this great fan run Facebook page for the show.


  1. Lisa on June 20, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Benedict Cumberbatch and “Sherlock” deserve every award they are nominated for. That man is simply incredible, and that show is one of the most intelligent TV productions in a long time. I hope to heaven that Benedict and “Sherlock” are nominated for Emmys, and that we will yet see Benedict take home that highest of TV accolades. This man, plain and simply, puts every other actor in the shade.

  2. hol on June 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

    He does put every actor in the shade. He’s the Uk’s equivalent to Olivier now.

  3. Lynn on June 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve just seen Benedict Cumberbatch in an encore screening of Frankenstein. Utterly brilliant. I was so good, I’m going again this weekend, to see the reverse cast! If the man doesn’t win every award that is available in his lifetime, then critics must be blind.

  4. mjdoyle on July 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    In the current arena of boring beefcakes, utterly predictable and equally dull american movies, the brits prove once again that a trained actor, a brilliant script and outstanding editing can result in an outstanding production. Benedict Cumberbatch is at his best in Sherlock and leaves everyone, no exceptions, else behind. Kudos for the best actor around, give us some more Sherlock!

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