The Golden Globe TV nominations always contain a few comic zingers -- those unexpected, out-of-left-field nods. And the prizes for this year's weirdest nominees go to: Piper Perabo for USA's "Covert Affairs" and Thomas Jane for HBO's "Hung." What?!
I guess on the Golden Globe, instead of on the regular old Earth Globe, Perabo is better than Anna Gunn from "Breaking Bad," Connie Britton from "Friday Night Lights," and Khandi Alexander from "Treme."
Otherwise, though, there are no really big surprises on the TV list. HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Showtime's "The Big C," and AMC's "The Walking Dead" are expected newcomers, and Fox's "Glee" remains much-nominated, despite some speculation that it might have strayed from the Globes' affections. Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, and Chris Colfer of "Glee" are all here, as is the show itself for best comedy.
A whole bunch of very worthy performers have been ignored, of course. That's just the way award shows roll -- especially the Globes, which tend to lean on fan favorites (Scott Caan in "Hawaii Five-0") over smaller gems. The Globes also stuff all the supporting movie and series nominations into the same categories, which leaves room for fewer names.
Missing here are some of the year's finest TV acting. Jennifer Carpenter of "Dexter," the cast of "Friday Night Lights," Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins of "Justified," Ray Romano of "Men of a Certain Age," the cast of "Treme," Vincent Kartheiser and Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," Ty Burrell of "Modern Family," Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad," Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation," and Michael Raymond-James of "Terriers."
Here's the list, which was read this morning in Hollywood by Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, and Blair Underwood.
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee
BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Killers of the Earth
You Don't Know Jack
BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennier Love Hewitt, The Client List
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards show will air on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 on NBC with host Ricky Gervais.
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