Reasons to Live: The Golden Globe Nominations Are Here!

By Richard Lawson

Dec 15, 2009

In case you haven't noticed, the most important season of the year is suddenly upon us. No, weirdo, not Christmas. Awards season! Beautiful, highly significant awards season—a time when the most important industry in the world, the filmed entertainment industry, enjoys a months-long circle jerk of self-praise and adulation. Now mostly this season is just for movies, because TV's glitteriest prizes, the Emmys, are handed out in September. But! There are the Golden Globe Awards, which award both film and TV, and those nominations just came out today. So who's in, who's out, who means something in Hollywood, and who's worthless and should just quit? Well, here are the nominees:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Big Love (HBO), Dexter (Showtime), House (Fox), Mad Men (AMC), True Blood (HBO)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

30 Rock (NBC), Entourage (HBO), Glee (FOX), Modern Family (ABC), The Office (NBC)

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –DRAMA

Glenn Close, Damages; January Jones, Mad Men; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Anna Paquin, True Blood; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Toni Collette, United States of Tara; Courteney Cox, Cougar Town; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Lea Michele, Glee

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

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

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Georgia O’Keefe (Lifetime); Grey Gardens (HBO); Into the Storm (HBO); Little Dorrit (PBS); Taking Chance (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance; Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame; Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm; Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keefe

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keefe; Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens; Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens; Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler; Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

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So? What do you think? Any surprises? Disappointments? We're terribly excited about all of the Glee nominations, and that the superb Jane Adams was lauded for her lovely performance on Hung. And we're happy that Big Love got a nice handful of nods, though we wish Jeanne Tripplehorn was recognized for her outstanding work as head-wife Barb. Chloe Sevigny definitely has the showier role, and excels at it, but for quiet grace, sadness and beauty, no one does it better on that show than Tripplehorn.

Give us your reactions in the comments!

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  • Mr_Alexander Dec 22, 2009

    Supernatural isn't there = These nominations suck.

  • hockeyrick Dec 16, 2009

    Rule no 1-never nominate a show with a laugh track!

  • hockeyrick Dec 16, 2009

    These are so safe!!!
    Nurse Jackie is a comedy?? A Musical??
    again, where is Sons and so many other great shows????

  • sugg391 Dec 16, 2009

    putting supporting actor/actress nominees in series, mini series or motion picture for tv all together sucks. There must be enought nominees to give them there own category

  • Starprincess13 Dec 16, 2009

    Nothing really surprising. The usuals with a couple of new ones.

  • sweetsaintz Dec 16, 2009

    So hoping for House and Hugh Laurie to win in their respective categories!

  • star522 Dec 16, 2009

    Love Glee, happy to see that it is being nominated!

  • torontogirl98 Dec 15, 2009

    I really don't see the point in these award shows because I always hate who wins anyway I don't understand the appeal of show like Mad Men, 30Rock, Entourage and a so on.

  • MarimarRuizAri Dec 15, 2009

    'The big bang theory' and 'How i met your mother' aren't nominated?!?!
    really?!?!

    Cool for the Jane Lynch nominaton, though.

  • PiperPrueLover4 Dec 15, 2009

    Where's Jim Parsons in the Best Actor Comedy category?

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