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Golden Globe TV Nominations 2009: Our Gut Reactions

by Angel Cohn December 15, 2009 10:01 am
Golden Globe TV Nominations 2009: Our Gut Reactions

It's that time of year, when awards start getting announced and we start getting frustrated by what was nominated and what was overlooked. And while much of the Golden Globe buzz is centered around the movie categories and those noms, there's some interesting (good and bad) stuff happening over in the TV world as well. Those crazy Hollywood Foreign Press folks apparently love them some vampires and singing!

Best Television Series - Drama
Big Love
Dexter
House
Mad Men
True Blood
Where, oh where, is Lost? Was that mind-bending season not good enough for the folks over at the HFPA? Apparently they preferred a sub-standard season of House instead. Don't get us wrong, Laurie is awesome and deserved his nod (see below), but the show has become a shadow of its former self in the last year, with only a few remarkable episodes. And while we're not Big Love's biggest fans, it's cool that it's nominated, though we'd have much preferred to see the intense biker drama Sons of Anarchy on here. As for True Blood: while it's our favorite vampire franchise of the moment, it's hard to compare it with the intensity of Dexter or House. But after Buffy getting largely ignored for years by award bodies, we'll take any vamp recognition we can get.

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)
First off, we're pretty psyched that Julianna Margulies got a nomination considering that no actress from a CBS show has won a Globe since 1998. She's been doing some great work as a begrudgingly loyal wife of a disgraced politician trying to reenter the workforce and her nomination is definitely warranted. The rest don't seem all that surprising: Sedgwick and Jones were nom'd last year, Close is a powerhouse and Paquin won last year, even though she's far from the best thing about her show. We would have liked to see Katey Sagal sneak in there with a nomination for her intense work on Sons of Anarchy instead of Paquin, if we'd been doing the picking.

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)
Where is the love for Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad? That sort of disturbing, but well-acted, cable fare seems like the kind of thing the HFPA would eat up. Instead we get another nomination for Bill Paxton, who is perfectly fine, if kind of dull. While The Mentalist isn't always on our must-see list, Baker is by far the best thing about that show, so he seems a good choice. Hamm and Hall aren't really surprises, and while House hasn't been at its best this year, Laurie definetly merits the nod for his trip to the mental hospital alone. We'd also have liked to see a little love for Kiefer Sutherland, who is still making 24 entertaining to watch.

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
30 Rock
Entourage
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
If they had swapped out Entourage and replaced it with either The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother and traded The Office for the currently funnier Parks & Recreation, these nominations would be just about perfect. Seriously, how is Entourage still getting picked for awards? Are they even watching it? Do they just have a misguided sense of loyalty? No sense of humor? Possibly, though they did nominate the stellar newcomer Modern Family and the addictively joyful (if uneven) Glee.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
David Duchovny (Californication)
Thomas Jane (Hung)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
OK, we haven't been able to stop giggling at the fact that Matthew Morrison got nominated for Glee since we heard about this nom. While we like him, and the show, he's not exactly in the same league as these other actors. However, given that this category is musical and comedy, we guess that someone must appreciate his version of "Gold Digger" and the like. We'll call it a pleasant surprise since his inclusion is likely the reason that Tony Shalhoub didn't get his millionth nomination for the final season of Monk. And Thomas Jane managed to snag the spot typically occupied by someone from Entourage. But where is the love for Emmy nominee Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory? We thought nerdy Sheldon was a shoo-in here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Toni Collette (United States of Tara)
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Lea Michele (Glee)
We were really hoping that they'd show some love here to Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation since that series definitely should get some sort of "most improved" acknowledgement. But we're oddly not unhappy with the rest of the noms: Collette plays her multiple personalities well, even if the show isn't our cup of tea; Cox is actually remarkably funny as a divorced mom on Cougar Town; Falco gets to show off her dry wit on Nurse Jackie; no comedy actress list would be complete without Fey; and Michele really does kind of make Glee with her power vocals, even if we want to occasionally punch her character.

There are also a bunch of TV movies and miniseries nominated, but nothing that we were ga-ga for (aside from Grey Gardens). And then there are our two least favorite categories of the entire Golden Globes. The supporting television categories, which pit actors in drama, miniseries and comedy all against each other. How is that even remotely fair? Or quantifiable? It's like apples and oranges, especially considering the folks that are series regulars are up against people who were in a TV movie. Handing in an awesome performance for 22 straight weeks is hard to judge against a two-hour movie. These are basically the leftover awards.

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)
Well, clearly, we're rooting for Jane Lynch here. She's phenomenal as the wicked Sue Sylvester and makes her material really sing (so to speak), so we're psyched that she got a nod. But where are Elizabeth Mitchell for Lost or Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock or Rachel Griffiths from Brothers & Sisters or Alyson Hannigan for How I Met Your Mother or Sandra Oh for Grey's Anatomy? Not to mention the legions of other possible nominees who were ignored from ensemble shows. This is exactly why we hate this category.

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)
The men generally fare better with this category, so we actually are comfortable with most of these nominees. Lithgow's twisted Trinity seems like a shoo-in to take home the big prize but, again, how can you even compare Barney's goofy playboy with a serial killer? Anyway, we're glad to see that at least Michael Emerson got a little Lost love. Way to throw us a bone, Globes. But if somehow Jeremy Piven wins this... so help us, the attendees will hear screaming in Hollywood all the way from our offices in New York.

Your thoughts on the noms? Sound off below.

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