Golden Globe Nominations: Who Got Snubbed
The award season begins, which means complaining about the awards season is also officially underway. Which is more fun? Complaining – duh. On with the gripes!
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Big Love (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)
Did you watch True Blood? Look, I like pornography as much as the next guy (as long as the next guy really really likes pornography), but just because it’s got vampires and Alan Ball involved, that doesn’t make the pornography award-worthy. True Blood is melodrama with lots of sex, and we shouldn’t be giving prizes for melodrama or sex. Who got screwed (other than a bunch of vampires)? Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad, two of the best shows on TV. By far. I’m already annoyed.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Entourage sucks. Like dental surgery Entourage sucks. For more, please click. A better comedy replacement is tough to find, but honestly, I’ll accept anything that doesn’t involve a “two and a half” or an “according to a Belushi”. People seem to like Big Bang Theory, so I’ll vote for that. Community is worth a vote too. Kudos for picking up on Modern Family though, Globes. Wait, that’s not a complaint! I’m slipping!
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
Really? Simon Baker’s a good actor now? That’s what we’re all saying? He’s…attractive. And quite charming. If I was selecting a Best Performance By An Actor That I Would Actually Consider Having a Gay Affair With, he’d be my choice. But if acting in a tv show is what we’re looking at, how about Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad or Kyle Chandler on Friday Night Lights? They’re both giving performances of a lifetime. Which really is more important than being nice to look at. Michael Cudlitz was also incredible on Southland.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
Glenn Close, Damages
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
January Jones is a leading actress now? She wasn’t even the best woman on that show, much less all of TV. I guess Julianna Margulies is ok, if anyone has actually watched that show, please let me know. I know I’m a broken record with this, but Friday Night Lights got screwed again, as Connie Britton rocks every scene she’s in. And how about some love for Lisa Edelstein on House? Her role has progressed into a true lead, and matches Hugh Laurie snark for snark. The real loser here though is Regina King, who brought such quiet power and strength to Southland, I was literally hooting and yelling her name in the season finale. King should be queen. (Ok, that was a little much).
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
David Duchovny, Californication
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Glee is fun and all, but Matthew Morrison makes me want to kill myself. He’s cheesy, preposterously earnest, and, in general, a curly-haired cartoon. Tracy Morgan deserves to be here. Sure he’s playing himself, but himself happens to be consistently hilarious. And how about Ed O’Neill in Modern Family? Even Al Bundy would love his lovable curmudgeon-liness.
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
Jane Lynch got screwed. She deserves all five nominations for her work as Sue Sylvester in Glee. How often does a supporting player bring a show to a new level singlehandedly? Well Lynch does it every week. But that’s just how I “C” it.
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
I was gonna write a complimentary paragraph for Jeremy Piven, but then I got mercury poisoning from all the sushi I just ate, and was too tired to pull it off. So can we give his nomination to someone who deserves it? Like John Noble on Fringe, who’s consistently funny, and delightfully quirky? Or Vincent Kartheiser, who’s Campbell on Mad Men eternally makes me want to punch him in the face. And that’s a good thing.
For film, many of the movies are too new to comment, so I’ll keep the grousing to myself. For now. But I will say the Fantastic Mr. Fox deserves every award possible, as it is quite possibly the best animated film ever made. Yeah, I said it!
So what do you think? What bothered you most about today’s Golden Globe nods?