Golden Globes: The TV Nominations

E: Since we don’t have any Oscars to reflect off of, I’m just going to react here.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Big Love (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

These are actually pretty unsurprising.  I’ve never seen a single episode of Big Love; I’m curious if it lives up to the hype.  I’m happy to see Bill Paxton so successful, anyway.  Actually, I don’t watch any of these shows, although if I had HBO I might watch True Blood.  Absolutely no broadcast love – well, except House on FOX.   What I mean is, no Lost, no Grey’s Anatomy, no FlashForward or V or anything.  Hmph.  Sorry, nets.  I’m definitely bummed not to see The Good Wife here.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)

Being the sitcom-doubter that I am, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that the only one of these shows I watch is Glee.  I’m very excited by the HFP’s love for that show, though.  It’s typical that Modern Family was nominated here; it and Glee are the best reviewed new comedies of the year, and the Globes actually pay attention to that kind of thing.  So, good for you!  30 Rock, The Office and Entourage are typical awards bait.  This is a much better showing for the networks, too.  I wonder if Ugly Betty‘s resurgence (and new season) came too late for this year? (C: I’m sad not to see How I Met Your Mother on here.  It’s as funny as The Office used to be and better than Modern Family ever was.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love

This is pretty damn close to this fall’s Emmy list.  All good, I guess.  I like all of these actors in these roles.  My favorite?  Simon Baker.  That and two bucks will get him a very small coffee – but still, it cannot be denied.  Patrick Jane is an engaging character – charismatic, predictably unpredictable, and haunted – and Simon Baker is delicious.  What more could you want than that?  Don’t answer me with a paean to the depth of Mad Men’s storylines; that was a rhetorical question.  And I bow to Hugh Laurie’s brilliance, too.  I’m just saying.  Love Simon Baker.  Can’t help it.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
DRAMA
Glenn Close, Damages
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

YES, Julianna Margulies!  I’m thrilled.  I’m also pleased for January Jones; Emmy has been slower to acknowledge the Mad women than the men, and it’s about time someone rectified that oversight.  I’m pretty sure Paquin took this award last year, a testament to the HFP’s love of the fresh new thing.  They love to anoint an It girl, and they love to be the first ones to do it.  I don’t know that that applies here, so who wins?  Good question.  I’d like to say former winner Margulies, with her fresh role, but we’ll see.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
David Duchovny, Californication
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee

Good for you, Matthew Morrison.  I know a lot of people think you’re boring, but not I.  Not that I think you’re going to win, but hey.  You sing, you dance, you care deeply about the kids, and mostly you are the best foil that Jane Lynch could have.  Thomas Jane is a newbie to this list as well for his far less wholesome role as a well endowed gigolo.  Baldwin probably has the edge on all comers, though.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee

Remember what I was saying about the It Girl?  Well, Lea Michele could follow in the footsteps of America Ferrara, Claire Danes and Jennifer Garner and take this award in the middle of her first season.  Very exciting!  She’s up against a serious slate of storied industry veterans, though.  Toni Collette recently proved that Tina Fey doesn’t have a lock on this category, and we know the HFP loves Edie Falco, so we’ll see.  My guess is actually Michele.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Michael Emerson, Lost
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
William Hurt, Damages
John Lithgow, Dexter
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Speaking of veterans, here we go.  Lithgow might be a fresh name in this category, but he’s no stranger to award shows. Do we go with the biggest star (Hurt) or the buzziest name (Harris)?  Questions, questions.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jane Adams, Hung
Rose Byrne, Damages
Jane Lynch, Glee
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love

I can’t help but believe it; this is Sue Sylvester’s world, and we’re just living in it.  Maybe I’m too much of a fan, but Jane Lynch’s fantastic overblown character seems like a shoo-in to me.  Of course, I’m still snarling over Vanessa Williams’ lack of awards for Ugly Betty.  Then again, the HFP didn’t even nominate her, and clearly they like Lynch that much at least.  

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Georgia O’Keefe (Lifetime)
Grey Gardens (HBO)
Into the Storm (HBO)
Little Dorrit (PBS)
Taking Chance (HBO)

My vote would of course be for Little Dorrit – it’s Dickens, it’s PBS, and I’ve seen it, which means I know how fantastic it is.  Grey Gardens will probably win, but I don’t have to like it.  Don’t you want to pat Lifetime on the back for getting one of their movies recognized by someone, though?  For even getting Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons to DO a Lifetime movie in the first place? Seriously, Lifetime, good for you.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION
PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keefe

Chiwetel Ejiofor is a fantastic actor, and he was thrilling as future South African president Thabo Mbeki in PBS’s Endgame. He’s not as well known as PBS’s other entry in this field, Kenneth Branagh (sad and fantastic as Wallander‘s depressed titular detective), but he WAS in Love, Actually, and you have to love him for that alone.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION
PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keefe
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

They’re a glamorous group, there’s no denying it.  It’s kind of unfair that they make Drew Barrymore compete against Jessica Lange here, isn’t it?  If the Hollywood Foreign Press loves that old documentary and this adaptation as much as the American industry folk do, it’ll be a battle between the two Edies for the win.  My money is on Lange for a repeat of her Emmy win here.

And there it is.  Anyone left off that you wanted to see?  Anyone show up that you hate?  Do tell!

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One comment on “Golden Globes: The TV Nominations

  1. Matt H says:

    Crazy. January Jones and Rose Byrne are two of the worst actresses around. I’ll give Jones a pass, since her blandness actually works for her character in Mad Men. But Rose Byrne is almost unwatchable in Damages, she’s so bad. To nominate her over Vanessa Williams?? Offensive! (Said in my best Sue Sylvester scowl.) And, frankly, while I’ve never seen a single second of Big Love, I generally think Chloe Sevigny is a ridiculously horrible actress, too.

    Modern Family I’ve tried, but thought it was boring and full of cliches. I am consistently STUNNED by the critical acclaim it gets. I would have liked to have seen Patricia Heaton’s new sitcom, The Middle, get some love. It’s hands down the funniest show on TV. That said, I can see a comedy about a goofy, lower-middle-class midwestern family not playing to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

    Of course, Lead Actress – Comedy is an INSANELY stacked category this year! Aside from Cougar Town (which you couldn’t pay me to watch,) the other 4 shows are 4 of my favorites. 30 Rock and Tina Fey always deliver. Glee is the best new show this fall, and Lea Michele is right up there with Jane Lynch as the best parts of it. I’m new to United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie, and didn’t expect to be interested in either, but, man, are they good shows. Toni Collette gets to play her role(s) pretty out there, and, yet, still adds great subtlety to it. And Edie Falco, well – she’s got this great, complex character, and you’d never, ever, ever think that the same person who played Carmela Soprano also plays Nurse Jackie. She’s just outstanding. I can’t recommend that show any more highly. It’s fantastic.

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