Critics' Choice Awards 2016: Why Was 'Homeland' Star Mandy Patinkin's Nomination Taken Away? [VIDEO]


The Critics' Choice Awards are facing yet another PR nightmare after announcing their nominations for 2016.

The Broadcast Television Journalist Association released their lineup of nominations on Monday and among them was a rather curious name: Mandy Patinkin for Showtime's Homeland. While Patinkin delivers a strong performance in the series, he seems to have been nominated for a season of Homeland that hasn't even aired yet.

Homeland last aired in December 2015, before the eligibility window for this year's Critics' Choice Awards began. It's not clear if Patinkin's nomination was a result of critics not realizing he was technically ineligible or if it was a simple case of rubber-stamping (or some combination of the two).

Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin issued a statement to Gold Derby, where the questionable nomination was discovered.

"As 'Homeland' concluded its fifth season on December 20, 2015, it is technically not eligible for this year's Critics' Choice Awards," Berlin said. "While we anxiously await its season six premiere on January 15, we regretfully must rescind the previously announced nomination for Mandy Patinkin."

Seventh-place finisher Michael McKean from AMC's Better Call Saul was nominated in his place in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category.

While good news for McKean, this is another unfortunate situation for the Critics' Choice Awards, a few weeks after several prominent TV critics left the organization due to its recent decision to partner with Entertainment Weekly.

Last year, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which votes on the film categories, decided to add Star Wars: The Force Awakens as an 11th Best Picture nominee after the nominations were already announced, after members complained about not being able to see the movie in time to vote for it. Many believed that this was a blow to their reputation as an organization

The Critics' Choice Awards will air Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

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