HBO leads Golden Globe nominations

It's shiny trophy time in Hollywood, but before the bald-headed first-place prizes get handed out on February 22, the Golden Globes--also known as "The Oscars' precursor"--have to be doled out. The nominees are in, and the field features familiar faces and some surprising entries.

As usual, HBO dominated the nominations list thanks in large part to its miniseries John Adams and Recount. But it's In Treatment that scored the most nominations, with five, for best drama, best actor (Gabriel Byrne), two for best supporting actress (Melissa George, Dianne Wiest), and best supporting actor (Blair Underwood).

New series and TV.com favorite True Blood sunk its teeth (ugh--sorry) into the Globes with a relatively shocking nomination for best drama and a very shocking nomination for Anna Paquin as best actress in a drama. We're not saying it's not worthy, we're just gleefully surprised that Globes people loved it as much as we did. Entourage was nominated for a trio: best comedy, best actor (Kevin Connolly), and--you guessed it--best supporting actor (Jeremy Piven).

NBC's 30 Rock and The Office made the cut for best comedy, along with Californication, Entourage, and Weeds. On the drama side, Dexter, House, In Treatment, Mad Men, and True Blood will vie for the title.

Caviar-eating cable television once again proved itself better than the plebeian major networks, picking up 39 nominations to the majors' 15 (PBS grabbed three). NBC leads all majors with six nominations, followed by ABC with five, Fox with three, and CBS (America's most-watched network) with a grand total of one (thank you Neil Patrick Harris!).

The awards ceremony will take place on January 11 at the Beverly Hilton in beautiful southern California. NBC will air the telecast at 8 p.m. ET.

Best Television Series--Drama
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
In Treatment (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Drama
Sally Field--Brothers And Sisters
Mariska Hargitay--Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones--Mad Men
Anna Paquin--True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick--The Closer

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Drama
Gabriel Byrne--In Treatment
Michael C. Hall--Dexter
Jon Hamm--Mad Men
Hugh Laurie--House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers--The Tudors

Best Television Series--Comedy or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)
Californication (Showtime)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Weeds (Showtime)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Christina Applegate--Samantha Who?
America Ferrera--Ugly Betty
Tina Fey--30 Rock
Debra Messing--The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker--Weeds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin--30 Rock
Steve Carell--The Office
Kevin Connolly--Entourage
David Duchovny--Californication
Tony Shalhoub--Monk

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)
Bernard And Doris (HBO)
Cranford (PBS)
John Adams (HBO)
Recount (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Judi Dench--Cranford
Catherine Keener--An American Crime
Laura Linney--John Adams
Shirley Maclaine--Coco Chanel
Susan Sarandon--Bernard And Doris

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Ralph Fiennes--Bernard And Doris
Paul Giamatti--John Adams
Kevin Spacey--Recount
Kiefer Sutherland--24: Redemption
Tom Wilkinson--Recount

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Eileen Atkins--Cranford
Laura Dern--Recount
Melissa George--In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths--Brothers And Sisters
Dianne Wiest--In Treatment

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Neil Patrick Harris--How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary--Recount
Jeremy Piven--Entourage
Blair Underwood--In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson--John Adams

For a full list of nominations, head over to the official Web site of the Golden Globes.

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Jun 24, 2010
Go Soooookie!
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Dec 27, 2008
True Blood should win best drama
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Dec 18, 2008
WHOOOAAAA GO MARISKA HARGITAY GO!!!!!

this is your year!!!! BEAT SALLY FIELDS :)
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Dec 15, 2008
Dexter is the most one that strikes me to be number1 from the list and second Trueblood for his genre not for the storyline because it like seeing a porn show it`s getting up my nerve and i was really excited when i found that there would be a show on vampires but now i`m very disappointed
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Dec 15, 2008
Nothing for Lost? Shame shame shame
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Dec 15, 2008
go dexter!go true blood entourage, weeds and christina applegate!

good nominations. lov to see so much hbo and showtime! mayb miss a little pushing daisies though (alas this year would have been last chance... :( )
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Dec 14, 2008
I am hoping for wins for In Treatment, True Blood, Ugly Berry and Monk.
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Dec 14, 2008
Go Kiefer Sutherland.
24 Redemption rules.
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Dec 14, 2008
Lost had a much better season than House(save for 2 good episodes out of the lot)last year and thats ashame. Im happy for True Blood aswell as Anna,that was an unexspected treat since most award shows are anti-scifi/fantasy.
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Dec 14, 2008
What? No Pushing Daisies? What a disappointment.
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Dec 13, 2008
All of the nominations are well deserved. Nice to see House and Dexter get nominated.
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Dec 13, 2008
Not very suprising nomitations, I mean they're all pretty darn good, so it's a no-brainer that they were gonna be on the short list
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Dec 12, 2008
I don't get it.....I am happy for in treatment but they over looked the best performance of the whole thing. The girl who played Sophie was the best hands down.
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Dec 12, 2008
positive suprised by that politically charged nomination. hoping for true blood!!!
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Dec 12, 2008
the nominations, as usual - s*cked for the most part. HBO with 22 nominations? In Treatment with more noms than Mad Men. i guess

the Golden Globes didn't get the memo: HBO was done as soon as The Wire said goodbye...
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Dec 12, 2008
Wow, Kevin Connolly got nominated. Doubt he'll win though, but I glad he bet out Charlie Sheen for the nom.
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Dec 12, 2008
How Michael Chikilis and Walton Goggins didn't get nods for The Shield is a joke. Two of the most powerful and emotional performances ever gets nothing yet Tom Cruise gets a nod for Tropic Thunder. WTF????????
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Dec 12, 2008
Heroes and Chuck should definitly beeen nominated.True Blood for best Drama and Anna Paquin for best actress!
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Dec 12, 2008
No NCIS? No Chuck? A travesty!
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Dec 12, 2008
TERRIBLE nominations this year. No LOST. No Michael Emerson. No Matthew Fox. No How I Met Your Mother. No The Dark Knight for musical score, screenplay, directing, and Christian Bale. All of that makes this a ridiculous golden globes. I can't believe I was actually considering watching this instead of the 24 season premiere.
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Dec 12, 2008
I want House to win all his categories.
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Dec 12, 2008
I thought Lost was a shoe-in but sadly not...cnt believe it!

Also, Desperate Housewives 5 yr jump didnt make it worthy for a best comedy nom? What about Eva longoria as Gabby for best actress in a comedy role? she has been amazing this season.
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Dec 12, 2008
Go all things House XD

oh the pride I feel when I see that In Treatment which is based on an Israeli show grabs all those nomination!
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Dec 12, 2008
A bit dissapointed Lost isn't on there at all... I thought season 4 would be a shoe-in for Best Drama.
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Dec 12, 2008
As I say every year, 'cause he gets nominated every year, GO TONY

And who couldn't be impressed with Neil Patrick Harris and Paul Giamatti?!?
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Dec 12, 2008
Go HOUSE
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Dec 12, 2008
I like many of the show on HBO. Nice to see Dexter on top too.
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Dec 12, 2008
Interesting list - good to see so many cable nominations. HBO and co are really coming into their own.
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Dec 12, 2008
Interesting, I'm kind of disappointed the Golden Globes didn't nominate Dark Knight for more categories. That movie was probably one of the best movies of the year along with Milk, Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire. Seems like they are conforming to Hollywood, seriously Angelina Jolie?
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Dec 12, 2008
Come on Hugh, you can do it :) House's Head still remains one of his best performances, in my opinion. Didn't win an Emmy, so let's hope for a Golden Globe. I also hope Mariska wins. Her performance during the undercover prison episode and after concerning the character and what happened is just amazing.
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Dec 12, 2008
GO DEXTER!!
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Dec 12, 2008
Yes for Cable!
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Dec 12, 2008
And the winners should be: In Treatment, January Jones, Hugh Laurie, Californication, Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, John Adams, Catherine Keener, Paul Giamatti, Laura Dern & Neil Patrick Harris.
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Dec 12, 2008
ew ew ew.. they couldnt pick better shows than dexter or mad men aven best actors and actresses lists!! its like they r copy/paste last awards lists!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dec 12, 2008
It's going to be a great night! Shalhoub deserves it but his competition looks fierce. But where is Jenna Fischer from the Office?
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Dec 12, 2008
go 30 Rock!
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Dec 12, 2008
happy for tony shalhob, mariska hargitay, kyra sedgwick, hugh laurie, and debra messing! :)
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Dec 12, 2008
Really happy for Tony Shalhoub... but where is Julia Louis Dreyfus for Old Christine? I can't believe they would put Debra Messing in for that unentertaining show Starter Wife instead of her! Oh well... maybe I'm alone in my opinion!
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