‘Saul’ Good: NM-Filmed Drama Wins Critics’ Choice Awards

Giancarlo Esposito (from left), Melissa Bernstein, Peter Gould, Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk accept the award for Best Drama Series for “Better Call Saul” at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel on Sunday, May 15, 2009. towards January. 2023 Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Three is the magic number.

That’s how many Critics’ Choice Awards “Better Call Saul” took home on Sunday.

Filmed in New Mexico, the series entered the show with four nominations — one for Bob Odenkirk, one for Giancarlo Esposito, one for Best Drama, and one for Rhea Seehorn.

After six seasons, AMC’s Better Call Saul finally took home the Best Drama award.

The win shocked co-creator Peter Gould.

“I can’t believe we won,” he said during his acceptance speech. “We never win. … Thank you critic. You’ve indulged in this very unlikely fork and lightning has struck twice because of you and our brilliant, brilliant audience.”

The last season consisted of 13 episodes, which were rolled out in two parts.

The Breaking Bad prequel completed the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk, into criminal attorney Saul Goodman.

From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, the final season followed Jimmy, Saul and Gene, and Jimmy’s complex relationship with Kim, played by Seehorn, who is in the midst of her own existential crisis.

Meanwhile, Mike, played by Jonathan Banks, Gus, played by Giancarlo Esposito, Nacho, played by Michael Mando, and Lalo, played by Tony Dalton, are engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

During filming of the final season, Odenkirk suffered a heart attack and spent some time off set before ending the series.

When he won his award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, he was overwhelmed with joy as he credited his cast with much of the honor.

“When you see me acting, OK, you don’t see talent, you only see elbow grease. That’s all you’re watching is sweat and elbow grease. Standing around is talent and it makes you look good,” Odenkirk said. “… Rhea Seehorn, it’s ridiculous that this award isn’t with you. …You did it and you were amazing.”

Meanwhile, Esposito received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Gus Fring in Better Call Saul.

Esposito received the same award in 2012 for portraying the same character in Breaking Bad.