In a way, the Golden Globe TV nominations announced Tuesday were fairly predictable. As is usually the case, the majority of the attention was paid to shows that have been receiving the most audible buzz.
Drama series such as “Boardwalk Empire,” “Mad Men” and “The Good Wife” each earned several nominations – for Best Drama and Best Actor/Actress (Steve Buscemi, Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, and Julianna Margulies, respectively). In the comedy category, the predictable titles were “30 Rock,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.” They were all nominated in the Best Musical or Comedy Series category (a catchall category unique to the Globes).
Cast members from each of the nominated comedies earned nominations for Best Actor/Actress too: Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock,” Jim Parsons for “Big Bang,” and Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison for “Glee.” Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family” and Jane Lynch of “Glee” were nominated in the Globes’ catchall supporting category – “Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie” – and Chris Colfer of “Glee,” Chris Noth of “The Good Wife” and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” were nominated in the Supporting Actor group.
Not that the buzzed-about series and TV movies don’t deserve the recognition they receive. After all, that’s why they’re buzzed about in the first place. And for the most part, the performers and programs listed above are among our own favorites from the past year. But as always, the Globe nominations announced Tuesday – like the Emmy nominations every summer – have their share of head-scratching quirks and oddities.
Here’s what we felt the Globes got right and what they got, well, not so right:
Talk about predictable: HBO collects the most numerous nominations: It was a good day for pay cable – HBO led every network with 12 nominations (as usual for these things), while Showtime was second with 8.
Yes, they deserved it: What Golden Globe voter could resist nominating these stars of pay cable from the past year: Toni Collette for “United States of Tara,” Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie” and Laura Linney for “The Big C” (take a bow, ladies of Showtime), Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles for “Dexter” (also Showtime); Claire Danes and David Strathairn for “Temple Grandin,” Al Pacino (as Jack Kevorkian) for “You Don’t Know Jack,” Kelly Macdonald for “Boardwalk Empire,” and Dennis Quaid and Hope Davis for “The Special Relationship” (HBO). HBO’s “The Pacific,” “Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack” were also nominated in the Best Miniseries or Movie category. And really, how could they not be?
Actors we wouldn’t have expected to see at the Golden Globes: This is not to denigrate the work being done by Thomas Jane in HBO’s “Hung” (it must be challenging on some level to play a well-endowed schoolteacher-slash-male prostitute) and Scott Caan in “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS – nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. But are they really Golden Globe worthy, to be nominated in the same categories with the likes of other nominees such as Steve Carell (“The Office”), Alec Baldwin, Eric Stonestreet and all the rest?
Actresses we were glad to see: Cheers to Katey Sagal for “Sons of Anarchy,” (the only nomination for FX), Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer,” (TNT’s only nod), Piper Perabo for “Covert Affairs” (USA Network’s only nomination) and especially Elisabeth Moss, whose performance as Peggy Olsen this last season on “Mad Men” elevated her to leading lady status. And though we missed “The Client List” on Lifetime, we congratulate Jennifer Love Hewitt for earning Lifetime’s only nomination for a Globe this year.
Who’s missing? Well, as always with these things, you can’t nominate everyone. Still, for the purposes of discussion, it’s valid to ask: Where’s “Entourage,” “Big Love” or “True Blood”? Did the voters feel no love for the final seasons of “Lost” and “24”? And what about Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Ed O’Neill from “Modern Family”? Or, for that matter, what about Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn on “Breaking Bad”? Oh, well – maybe next year.
The Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, air on NBC Jan. 16.
What do you think of the nominations? Who do you think was snubbed?