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