The British star, 35, won the award for best supporting actor in a limited series for his role in Fellow Travelers, opposite of Bomer, where both played lovers who met in the 1950s when homosexuality was outlawed.
Bomer stated on social media, “Thank you @criticschoice for recognizing one of the best actors and humans I’ve ever worked with-congratulations Jonny on a well deserved win and beautiful speech! And thank you for having our whole crew to the party – I love this group.”
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“For many, it’s an education, but for us, it’s a vital truth. This series is a much-needed reminder that LGBTQ+ people have always existed, mostly hidden,” Bridgerton star Bailey said.
Congratulations to Jonathan Bailey, winner of the #CriticsChoice Award for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION for “Fellow Travelers”⭐️#CriticsChoiceAwards #FellowTravelers pic.twitter.com/Kn0QWMsd2o
— Critics Choice Awards (@CriticsChoice) January 15, 2024
“They have always been fighting for an easier life for the generations that followed. So I thank those who came before me, who created a world where I can stand here today and win an award for telling their story.
“The character I play, Tim, I’ll carry him forever. His love story with Hawk teaches us to tell the special people in our lives that we love them before it’s too late.”
He added: “So to my Fellow Travelers family, to all the people who lost their lives and loves in the ’80s and ’90s and to every LGBTQ+ person living in a bigoted community, which still surround us, this is for you.”
Bailey said he shared the award with 46-year-old Bomer and writer Ron Nyswaner who ‘created the most beautiful, bruising important series.”
He also sent love to his 93-year-old grandmother “who took me to the theatre when I was five and gave me a vocation”.
“I’m bringing this trophy back to you and a cup of tea on Tuesday,” Bailey added.
The 29th Critics’ Choice Awards took place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California on Sunday.
The awards honor the finest achievements in both filmmaking and television programming over the year of 2023.
Comedian Chelsea Handler served as host for the vent which was broadcast live on The CW on Sunday.
Fellow Travelers is available to stream on Showtime via Paramount+.