Patrick Stewart is no stranger to winning awards for his work. Over the years (decades) the actor has earned more than a few prizes and accolades for roles he’s taken on-screen or on the stage. It’s just what happens when you are one of the true, singular, and steady talents in the entire industry. And now Stewart can add another award to his mantle because on Monday he took home a top prize for his work as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
The Critics Choice Super Awards, hosted by the Critics Choice Association and airing on the CW had it’s first ever show on Monday. Patrick Stewart was able to kick things off by winning for Best Actor in a Science Fiction / Fantasy Series for his role in Star Trek: Picard.
He was up against some other heavy hitters in the category including Nick Offerman in Devs, Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian, Kayvan Novak in What We Do in the Shadows, Robbie Amell in Upload, Travis Fimmel in Raised By Wolves, and Sam Heughan in Outlander. 2020 for all of it’s issues, ended up being a great year for the sci-fi/ fantasy television genre. This was a great win by Stewart.
In addition to the award for Best Actor, Patrick Stewart also received a legacy award along with fellow Star Trek alum Sonequa Martin-Green who plays Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery. They were both recognized for the contributions to the science fiction space in recognizable and critically acclaimed roles in the franchise. Star Trek: Picard was also nominated for Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Series, but that award went to The Mandalorian.
In his acceptance speech, Patrick Stewart was quick to praise the inclusivity of Star Trek while also recognizing the impact it’s had on the science fiction genre in general. In terms of faces of a franchise, Stewart most definitely ranks up there with the best.
The Critics Choice Association claims to represent more than 400 television and web critics and established the new awards show to highlight accomplishments in a variety of categories on both the large and small screen. Rewarding Patrick Stewart with multiple awards right out of the gate was probably a smart (and well-deserving) move to bring on the legions of Star Trek fans out there who live and die with all of the franchise’s different offerings.
Patrick Stewart’s Picard completed its first season on CBS All Access back in March and was met with significant critical acclaim right out of the gate. It earned an 86% on the Tomatometer with critics praising both the renewed storyline around the titular captain as well as Stewart’s performance in reprising the iconic role.
Star Trek: Picard has already been renewed for a second and third season respectively. Filming is reportedly set to begin sometime in February after being delayed over the summer due to Covid-related shutdowns in California. Could it be another award-winning turn for Patrick Stewart? The eighty-year-old acting legend doesn’t appear anywhere close to slowing down these days so it’s more than possible.