It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holidays, but the start of awards season, and today's announcement of the Golden Globes nominations were the kickoff. (Loved Katie Holmes' hair!) But did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally see fit to show some love to Friday Night Lights, Sons of Anarchy and Community? Find out, and get our initial take on who and what got nominated and what got snubbed.
Best Television Series - Drama
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
Where is Sons of Anarchy, people? Though we're glad that the Golden Globes has at least stopped pretending that True Blood is a serious dramatic show, instead, they are pretending that The Walking Dead is. But as long as it's a one-time thing, we can sort of understand. But really, do we have to send some zombies or gangsters from the '20s to Dillon, Texas in order to get Friday Night Lights nominated?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Piper Perabo? Seriously? Is that someone's idea of a practical joke? Her USA series is entertaining summer fare, but that's in spite of her, not because of her. Did someone just like her little skirts? Because if that's the case, Maggie Q from Nikita should've been nominated (and she can even manage to act now and then). Or better yet, Nina Dobrev, a young actress playing three sexy roles on The Vampire Diaries, should've been acknowledged. Anyway, aside from that baffling decision, and our pity for poor Connie Britton being left out because of it, the rest of these noms aren't too surprising. We just hope that Katey Sagal gets her overdue award this year. It's not every actress who can convincingly hold a gun to a baby's head, after all.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Some solid choices. Though Buscemi's character on Boardwalk ended up being far less awesome than we'd originally hoped, he's still a talented actor. In fact, all of these people are talented and while House isn't really up to its old standards, that's not all Laurie's fault. He doesn't write those scripts.
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
We're still baffled at how Community manages to be one of the funniest shows on TV and gets completely ignored, but on the other hand, we're happy that a subpar season of The Office didn't make the cut. Better still? No Entourage. We almost don't even care who wins. Almost.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Would have rather seen Joel McHale get a nod over Thomas Jane, or Zachary Levi getting some love over Matthew Morrison (whose character has gotten increasingly annoying), but we can't say we're surprised to see Baldwin and Carell back here. And as for Parsons, here's hoping this is the year he can take down the big guys.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee
We'd have liked to have seen Parks & Rec star Amy Poehler eke out a nomination but other than that, we're pretty happy with this category. Some very talented ladies here, but it is Laura Linney's to lose.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Every year we complain about this category and how bizarre it is to pit dramatic roles against comedies against miniseries or made-for-TV movies. It leaves out so many people, and how can we possibly compare Julia Stiles' performance as the wonderfully disturbed Lumen to that of the over-the-top hilarious Sofia Vergara? Well, we know Ed O'Neill would (allegedly) say that his TV wife is more deserving than Jane Lynch and probably everyone else, but this format really just leaves so many talented folks from Community, The Good Wife and Mad Men out in the cold.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Loving the surprise nod for Scott Caan -- he's actually pretty awesome on that light cop drama, but with an already over-crowded category, it seems like a throwaway nomination. Especially since it meant no love for Aaron Paul, Ron Perlman, Terry O'Quinn, Neil Patrick Harris or Ty Burrell. And does it really matter how often Chris Colfer can break our hearts on Glee or how we just love Eric Stonestreet's adorable Cam or how Chris Noth makes a perfect corrupt politician when they are up against David Strathairn for a movie we were sick of hearing about six months ago?
There's also a bunch of made-for-TV and miniseries stuff that we're choosing to ignore because really, it is hard to muster up opinions on something we care so very little about.
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