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Golden Globe Nominations: Yay and Nay

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 11, 2008 10:11 AM

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The Golden Globes TV nominations are, as always, an odd lot. On the one hand, they're predictable, with automatic nods to Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, America Ferrera, Rachel Griffiths, and Tony Shalhoub. One the other hand, they are filled with wonderful surprises.

The best surprise: "In Treatment," which was given short shrift by the Emmys this year, got a few significant nominations including Best Drama. As a big supporter of the HBO therapy show, which will indeed be back for a second season, I am delighted. It's a demanding, rewarding series unlike any other I've ever seen on TV. "In Treatment" actors Gabriel Byrne, Melissa George, Dianne Wiest, and Blair Underwood also got their due.

The second best surprise: The Globes also paid unexpected attention to "True Blood," the funny, bizarre HBO's vampire series from Alan Ball, and its lead actress, Anna Paquin. The show hasn't gotten the acclaim of so many other HBO ventures, but it's good and fun and worthy of awards notice.

Other random goodies: I'm happy to see "Californication" and David Duchovny get some notice for this far-out Showtime series about the seductions and romance of LA. Also, I'm glad the Globes have given a nod to January Jones along with the other deserving "Mad Men" nominations for best drama and best actor (Jon Hamm). And "John Adams" and the superb "Bernard and Doris" are worth every nomination they won.

Disappointments: No "Friday Night Lights"? COME ON. The show deserves some love -- actually, a lot of love. No supporting actress nod to Mia Wasikowska from "In Treatment"? She delivered the best performance of the year. Where is "The Wire"? "Lost"? Oh well. Also, the five nominations for "Recount" seem wasted to me. The movie wasn't nearly as satirical and powerful as it could have been, and the performances were unimpressive.

What do you think? Here's the full list:


TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“30 Rock”
“Californication”
“Entourage”
“The Office”
“Weeds”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate - “Samantha Who?”
America Ferrera - “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey - “30 Rock”
Debra Messing - “The Starter Wife”
Mary-Louise Parker - “Weeds”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin - “30 Rock”
Steve Carell - “The Office”
Kevin Connelly - “Entourage”
David Duchovny - “Californication”
Tony Shalhoub - “Monk”

TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“House” (Fox)
“In Treatment” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Blood” (HBO)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field — “Brothers and Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay — “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”
January Jones — “Mad Men”
Anna Paquin — “True Blood”
Kyra Sedgwick — “The Closer

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES – DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne — “In Treatment”
Michael Hall — “Dexter”
Jon Hamm — “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie — “House”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers — “The Tudors”

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
“A Raisin in the Sun”
“Bernard and Doris”
“Cranford”
“John Adams”
“Recount”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Judi Dench — “Cranford”
Catherine Keener — “An American Crime”
Laura Linney — “John Adams”
Shirley Maclaine — “Coco Chanel”
Susan Sarandon — “Bernard and Doris”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Ralph Fiennes — “Bernard and Doris”
Paul Giamatti — “John Adams”
Kevin Spacey — “Recount”
Kiefer Sutherland — “24: Redemption”
Tom Wilkinson –”Recount”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Eileen Atkins — “Cranford”
Laura Dern — “Recount”
Melissa George — “In Treatment”
Rachel Griffiths — “Brothers and Sisters”
Dianne Wiest — “In Treatment”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Neil Patrick Harris — “How I Met Your Mother”
Denis Leary — “Recount”
Jeremy Piven — “Entourage”
Blair Underwood — “In Treatment”
Tom Wilkinson — “John Adams”


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6 comments so far...
  1. I cannot belive that How I Met Your Mother only got the one nod! I mean, it is the single finest program ever to grace the television screen, if not one of the most important in our lifetimes!!!!

    Posted by i heart josh radnor December 11, 08 12:18 PM
  1. The Wire was/is quite possibly the most important show of our time, so it's no surprise that those who have the power would never be smart enough to nominate it.

    Posted by Molly December 11, 08 12:57 PM
  1. I will always lament the mistreatment of the wire. That show gets no respect from these award shows (looking at you emmy and golden globe). I am very surprised that Lost, with a very strong season, did not get any globe love.

    Posted by Joyce December 11, 08 01:11 PM

  1. Nothing for Friday Night Lights? Amazing. Best show on TV, although won't be on the network until Jan. 16 (can't wait to see the new season!). It's been hidden away on Direct TV. Should have had nominations for Best Drama, Best Actors/Actress.

    Posted by Beth December 11, 08 01:26 PM
  1. I'm glad to see "In Treatment" up there with the nominees: it was one of my favorite shows, and ehile the entire cast was stellar, Mia Wasikowska's performance as "Sophie" was truly one of the most compelling performances I have ever seen on television. She was truly robbed and deserves much better!!

    Speaking of robberies: what about Elizabeth Moss from "Mad Men?" She was -so- good as Peggy Olsen this season, turning her formerly one-note character into the female version of Don Draper...

    Posted by Mike Teevee December 11, 08 02:00 PM
  1. It's interesting that the networks represented in the Best Drama category are Showtime, FOX, HBO, and AMC. It puts more of an emphasis on the fact that the big three are having trouble competing. It's especially interesting that this is on the heels of NBC basically getting rid of a prime drama slot by fitting in Leno.

    Posted by Melissa J. December 11, 08 04:29 PM
 

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