68th Golden Globe Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning by Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood. The awards, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honor television and movies at the same ceremony, and are based on those shows and movies that are released during the calendar year. So, this (and the Screen Actors Guild awards, whose nominations will be announced this Thursday) is the last opportunity for any shows that ended their series runs this past May to be recognized. That’s right Lost fans, this is the last chance any major award has the opportunity to shine some love on our favorite show. The Globes will be awarded on Sunday, January 16th at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC, and the show will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

But let’s get to the nitty gritty. The TV nominees are:

Best Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series:
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Comedy Series:
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series:
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television:
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television:
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

The first thing that jumps out at me is the complete lack of Lost in the nominations. Nothing for Best Drama, Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn or Michael Emerson. To be honest, I’m pretty shocked by that. Then again, the HFPA is notorious for having some of the strangest nominations for any set of awards. For example, they love to nominate a young, American TV actress with a nice bosom who by all accounts isn’t a serious acting contender (see: Paquin, Anna). This year, they outdid themselves, because they nominated two!! Piper Perabo and Jennifer Love Hewitt? Really?!?! I’m sure they’re great people and their performances are fine, but you’ll certainly never hear their names mentioned in Emmy nomination conversations.

There are a couple other interesting nominations. First, where is Breaking Bad for Best Drama Series? Clearly, its spot was taken by The Walking Dead. I guess the HFPA likes zombies. Next, I’m a little surprised by Scott Caan’s nomination. Now, I am one of the many, many H50 viewers who thinks Caan is the best part of the show, but with all of the supporting actors in dramas, comedies, miniseries and made-for-TV-movies to choose from, I’m not so certain he’s a Top Five pick (where’s Ty Burrell? Danny Pudi? Michael Pitt?). Last, the HFPA knows that Luther is an ongoing concern, right? Or did I miss some news on the series somewhere? If so, I apologize to the HFPA.

Anyway, what do you think of the nominations? Are you shocked by any of them? Which of your favorites was robbed? Please leave your comments below. Remember, the Golden Globes will air on NBC on Sunday, January 16th. If you’re interested in the movie nominations as well (man, it was a rough year for comedies if Burlesque was nominated!), you can find the whole list here.


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