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Dec. 15 2009 - 11:03 am | 140 views | 0 recommendations | 15 comments

Golden Globe Nominations: Who Got Snubbed

friday-night-lightsThe award season begins, which means complaining about the awards season is also officially underway. Which is more fun? Complaining – duh. On with the gripes!

Big Love (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
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.

30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Glee (FOX)
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!

look at that acting!

look at that acting!

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.

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).


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.


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.


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?


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    Somebody better invite Kanye West in case Jane Lynch happens to (gasp!) not win. Which I can’t imagine. Right now one of the only reasons to watch the Golden Globes is to see her Sue Sylvester acceptance speech.

    I hereby prenominate for next year the Tiger Woods reality show, “Tiger Tail Tales.” It’s the Real World meets The (not really a) Bachelor meets Dr. Phil. I think there will also be a mistress ensemble musical number, but I haven’t worked that part out yet. This way, though, it could qualify for Drama, Comedy and Musical. A shoo-in.

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    Brian, I’ve had several root canals. Entourage sucks much, much worse than that. Perhaps if I drank a big tall glass of lye and chased it with ground glass. That’s about how much Entourage sucks.

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    John Noble, hands down for Best Supporting Actor. He’s got the best character actor role on television and he’s sensational. I also agree that Friday Night Lights is a fantastic show, and Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were robbed.

    I disagree with you on Matthew Morrison on Glee. His acting was phenomenally good in this last episode, “Sectionals” and he’s been consistently good throughout. Jane Lynch is fabulous and I hope she wins.

    Lastly, I don’t know if this show qualifies (maybe it will next year), but I think “Men of a Certain Age” is really promising.

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    Like Groundhog Day with lye and ground glass.

    And none of the fun.

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    Where the h** is Lisa Edelstein? She is one of the best actress on TV. Her performance in House MD is absolutely brilliant. She should have been nominated this year.

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    Oh, for Pete’s sake. Friday Night Light’s snubbing, as well as that of the criminally under-awarded leads Connie Britton and (especially) Kyle Chandler, is further proof, as if anyone needed it, that the Globes are the wankiest of the annual wankfests that make up the Hollywood awards circuit. The fact that the voting members of the HFPA are basically glorified stringers is just the wank icing on the wanking cake.

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    Mr. Donovan,

    The title of your blog was “Who Got Snubbed” but as far as I can tell, you did not identify anyone who got snubbed. Now my observation is entirely academic because, as far as I can tell, I have seen none of the TV shows nominated.

    I stopped watching awards shows years ago. The first break came when “Northern Exposure” (one of the best TV shows in history) won the Emmy for “Best Drama”. (Of course it was a drama, there was no laugh track!) I remember poor Rob Morrow up there trying to explain to the ATVA that the show was actually a comedy. Once they found out it wasn’t a drama, that show never got another Emmy! The final break happened when “Forrest Gump” (a pleasant but meaningless throw-away movie) won the Oscar for “Best Picture” (six Oscars overall) while the fabulous “Eve’s Bayou” wasn’t nominated for anything.

    The people nominate for these awards shows are just a bunch Yahoos.

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    Aren’t the Globes basically a way to reward the producers/shows/etc. who give the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the most stroking? It’s not like it’s an actual recognition of work by people’s peers. That said, it’s by far the most entertaining awards show ever, thanks to the open bar and dinner seating. I’m torn, though, since the HFPA actually gave Bruce Springsteen an award for his song for The Wrestler, and the Academy totally snubbed him. Which is a separate argument, I guess.

    I agree with you totally about both Friday Night Lights (which can break your heart better than any show on TV) and Entourage (which makes me want to cry, for totally different reasons). Talk about a show and an actor (I’m lookin’ at you, Piven) that need to have the curtains close on them.

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    I watch “The Good Wife” to recap it for wsj.com’s speakeasy, and I’m also semi-obsessed with it, as are many of my friends. It is an extraordinarily well-written show, which to me should have made it a candidate for Best Drama. All the actors are great, but Archie Panjabi deserved a Best Supporting nod (though I’ll be happy if Jane Lynch wins).

    And I totally agree about “True Blood.” I think they took the humor out of the source material.

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