The awards season madness can officially begin now that the Golden Globes have announced their chosen few for their January 13, 2013 awards. And as always, they're trying to be everything to everyone, doing both movies and TV and ignoring all things reality, and then including mash-ups for their supporting categories. So the nominations are frustrating, to say the least, but the most infuriating thing of all came in the form of one of the biggest snubs we've seen in a list like this in in ages.
Best Television Series - Drama
Mad Men didn't get nominated? Really? Really? How the hell did what is arguably the best drama on TV get overlooked? We always argue against putting shows on by rote, but Mad Men is still in its prime and pumping out thoughtful and engaging episodes each and every week. Normally we'd be miffed that our favorites like Justified, Game of Thrones, Dexter or Sons of Anarchy were left off, but with the egregious snub of Mad Men we're just too flabbergasted to even argue for the others. Especially considering that the subpar Newsroom managed to eek out some recognition.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Not a terrible list, all things considered, but we're not super fans of Buscemi's Nucky or Daniels's pompus blowhard news anchor, so we would have opened those spots up for Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, Dexter's Michael C. Hall or Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam since they all had stellar seasons. And we're hoping that Jon Hamm wins here to make up for the massive Mad Men oversight.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Connie Britton (Nashville)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
We adore Connie Britton and will forever love Tami Taylor, but her role on Nashville is grating and obnoxious and she paints her character in very broad strokes... not to mention that her singing isn't exactly what we'd call the best. This is clearly a case of someone getting nominated just because of previous work (cough MelissaMcCarthy cough). And we're sure that the four people who watch Damages are just thrilled that Glenn Close is nominated again. We were hoping, as always, for Katy Sagal to get some SOA love, and thinking maybe Kerry Washington would get a bit of recognition for her Scandal anti-hero. But given that Claire Danes has this one on lockdown (based on Homeland's "Q&A" episode alone), the other nominees just seem like a formality at this point.
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Most of our favorite comedies, like Parks & Recreation New Girl, Community, The League and Happy Endings, were left off the list, and we're pretty surprised that 30 Rock wasn't given a nod for its final season. But we're really happy that The Office was overlooked because last season was just utterly appalling. It is stupid that anyone considers that ridiculous mess known as Smash to be "award worthy" in any way, particularly the musical aspects, but it is probably the most unintentionally funny show we watch.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Actually, this category is practically perfect. We're cool with it. And with Fey and Poehler hosting the Globes, we expect some hilarity to ensue if one of them (we not so secretly hope it is Poehler) gets to accept this award. We were just thankful not to see Debra Messing's name up in here.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
No Joel McHale. Again. We really should just make our peace with the fact that Community is never going to get the attention it deserves.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Ed Harris (Game Change)
Danny Huston (Magic City)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Insert our obligatory yearly rant about how combining supporting actors from all these genres is just ridiculous. It ends up pitting the goofy broad comedy of Schmidt and Cam against a two-hour performance by Harris and the decent, but forgettable performance by Huston in a show few people watched, and the subtly crafted and carefully constrained weekly madness that is Saul the Bear. It's like apples and oranges and kumquats, and just leaves hosts of people out in the cold. Peter Dinklage, Aaron Paul, Martin Freeman, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Nick Offerman... honestly, we could go on and on all day
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Sarah Paulson (Game Change)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
As with the supporting actor category, how can Sofia Vergara's performance go up against Maggie Smith's? That's just pure insanity. And while weren't happy about the Britton nod, we are oddly okay with Panettiere's. She's got a solid singing voice and is really the most interesting thing that show has going for it. As for Kalinda, well, this isn't her best season, but we can see why she'd be included. Again, it leaves out, Julie Bowen, Casey Wilson, Mayim Bialik, Anna Gunn, Christina Hendricks, etc.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hatfields & McCoys
No American Horror Story or Sherlock? We'd have thought those were shoo-ins, given how the Globes tend to go a little more cutting edge, and even the Emmys recognized AHS. Perhaps the tediously long Hatfields & McCoys screeners took up all their time and they just couldn't get around to watching AHS.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Woody Harrelson (Game Change)
Tobey Jones (The Girl)
Clive Owen (Hemmingway & Gellhorn)
Is the internet still working? That's always our big fear whenever we see Benedict Cumberbatch's name included on these sorts of lists. The Sherlock fan communities are more than a little bit active and should be delighted that their beloved detective made the list. These nods are expected and serve to remind us that The Girl existed, though we'd have been far happier if Dominic West (The Hour) had earned that spot instead.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gillhorn)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Sienna Miller (The Girl)
Julianne Moore (Game Change)
Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
While Political Animals didn't blow our minds, we're happy to see that Weaver got some love for her work on the show. She probably doesn't stand a chance with Moore's Palin impression in the mix, but glad to see her there regardless.
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