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
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
Jonathan Rhys Meyers--The Tudors
Best Television Series--Comedy or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
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
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin--30 Rock
Steve Carell--The Office
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)
Bernard And Doris (HBO)
John Adams (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
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
Kiefer Sutherland--24: Redemption
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
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
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.