Critics Choice Win for Jeremy Allen White and Chicago Made Series ‘The Bear’

Chicago’s newest hit series continues to serve up the wins. At the Critics Choice Awards this past Sunday night, Jeremy Allen White took home the Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in the freshman FX series The Bear. This honor arrives on the heels of Jeremy Allen White taking home his first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy.

And The Bear ain’t done just yet. SAG Award and WGA nominations abound for the show as well… there are so many, it can be tough to keep track, but SCREEN has the rundown for you right here. Let’s get to it…

Beating Out Saturday Night Live Greats on Sunday

First things first, Sunday’s Critics Choice Award found Jeremy outshining some legendary competition. Fellow nominees included SNL greats Steve Martin for Only Murders in the Building and Bill Hader for HBO’s Barry. Also nominated were the inimitable Detroit native Keegan-Michael Key for Hulu’s Reboot, and two other nominees for the FX network: Matt Berry for What We Do in the Shadows and Woon-A-Tai for Reservation Dogs.

Here is a quick clip of White’s red carpet arrival at the Critics Choice Awards…

In addition to the win for The Bear, the Critics Choice Awards provided a number of emotional wins, including inspiring speeches from Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Coolidge, and Ke Huy Quan, who won for Everything Everywhere All at Once. Here is a speedy rundown of the highlights from the night…

In addition to the Best Actor win,The Bear earned a nomination for Best Comedy Series and a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for Ayo Edebiri.

Enjoy this recent interview of Edebiri with Harper’s Bazaar…

Click here for the full list of Critics Choice Award winners.

Next Up on the Awards Parade Is the SAG Awards

There is more potential hardware ahead for the hit show. Jeremy Allen White will have some tough competition for that SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. His fellow nominees are Bill Hader and Anthony Carrigan, both nominated for Barry, and the legendary Steve Martin and Martin Short, both nominated for Only Murders in the Building.

The show is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Joining White in the ensemble are the aforementioned Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas.

The 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

WGA Glory Ahead in March for Chicago’s Best?

The FX show has earned WGA award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series. The Bear, which centers on the theatrics within the family sandwich shop “The Original Beef of Chicagoland,” is written by Karen Joseph Adcock, Joanna Calo, Rene Gube, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Alex O’Keefe, Catherine Schetina, and Christopher Storer.

Fellow newcomer Severance and departing drama Better Call Saul are also among the WGA frontrunners, with three nominations each.

Here is the full slate of nominations, courtesy of Variety. Winners will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony taking place Sunday, March 5th.

What’s Next for The Bear

The show will begin filming Season Two in Chicago this February. The Bear was created by Christopher Storer (Ramy) and follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef from the fine dining world, who comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop – The Original Beef of Chicagoland – after a heartbreaking death in his family. A world away from what he’s used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother’s suicide…

And if you’re late to the Season One feast, all eight episodes of “The Bear” are now available on Hulu. Click here to enjoy the first season.

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