Reasons to Live: The Golden Globe Nominations Are Here!

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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Supernatural isn't there = These nominations suck.
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Rule no 1-never nominate a show with a laugh track!
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These are so safe!!!
Nurse Jackie is a comedy?? A Musical??
again, where is Sons and so many other great shows????
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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
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Nothing really surprising. The usuals with a couple of new ones.
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So hoping for House and Hugh Laurie to win in their respective categories!
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Love Glee, happy to see that it is being nominated!
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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.
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'The big bang theory' and 'How i met your mother' aren't nominated?!?!
really?!?!

Cool for the Jane Lynch nominaton, though.
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Where's Jim Parsons in the Best Actor Comedy category?
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John Lithgow MUST WIN "Best Performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television"

His performance as the trinity killer in Dexter was mindblowing!
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It's the usual suspects. I've never liked House.
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I love all the support for new shows. Glee, Modern Family, Lea Mihcele, Matthew Morrison, and Jane Lynch (wooooo). And Courtney Cox for Cougar town. I really hope Jane Lynch wins, and that Cox is finally given some love, but don't think the rest have a chance (maybe modern family), but yay on the nods. And haha with True Blood (love it, but not for the quality)
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Not mad about Mad Men. Happy Julianne Marguiles got nominated, ditto Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie and Jane Adams for Hung. :)
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Where the h#ll is Sons of Anarchy?!!?

Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam?!?! I'm glad True Blood is getting recognised and I love Dexter but come on: Sons of Anarchy and not to forget Friday night Lights, Those are brilliant shows too!
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Winner's:

1. Mad Men
2. 30 Rock 3. Jon Hamm - Mad Men 4. January Jones - Mad Men 5. Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock 6. Tina Fey - 30 Rock 7. Jeremy Piven - Entourage 8. Jane Adams - Hung 9. Georgia O’Keefe [Lifetime] 10. Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keefe 11. Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The truth has been written lol.
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How can Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons not be nominated in the Comedy category??
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John Lithgow has to win. His performance in Dexter is beyond superb. Trinity is quite possibly one of the creepiest characters that were ever on TV.
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Hoping House and win win this year.. and of course Glee, Matthew, Lea and Jane are an amazing new addition.. fingers crossed for them winning.. also, my man Michael Emerson FTW! Soooooooooo excited.. I love the globes.
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And I'm glad, Michael Emerson's been nominated as well! :)
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a horray to the nomination of Jane Lynch! :D
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How could they have left out Jim Parsons?!?!?!?! I am personally not so thrilled about the idea of comparing the singers of Glee with real comedians. I like Matthew Morrison, do not get me wrong, I watched his Gold Digger and his Thong Song a dozen times, but how could the GG nominators think for a moment that is acting is comparable to Jim Parsons' superb acting skills. He is one of the few actors who are PHYSICAL actors - what would the poor guy have to do to get a nomination?
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Very happy with this year's nominations but i think it's high time that 30 Rock left some Gold for the other shows/actors. Can't wait until January :)
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dexter will win hands down.
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DRAMA: Mad Men, Michael C. Hall (his best season since 1st), Glenn Close. House is horrible since 5th season. 6th season premiere was ok, but nothing really special. Dexter had a medicore season (great finale, but 9.8/10 on tv.com is a mistake), and Mad Men had very good season and very good finale. H. Laurie is just boring now. As a comedy actress: Edie Falco (outstanding performance in NJ). Nominations for House, True Blood (horrible 2nd season) and Lost: hahaha.
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House will win both categories it has been nominated, and I can see Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey winning for 30 Rock.
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what about Jim Parsons for big bang theory!?
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Way happy for Julianna Margulies nom, but extremely depressed abt Courteney Cox. WHAT???
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The film noms are better than the TV ones this year.
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wahoo! Go Jane Lynch! Totally deserves that one & i hope she wins
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You gotta wonder why Breaking Bad gets nominated(and wins) at so many other award shows, yet the Globes keep shutting it out. But in retrospect I suppose it's not that much of a surprise, after all they ignored The Wire as well.
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Of course House can still be nominated. Even if the scenario of some episodes isn't as good as it used to be, the first episode of the season was outstanding. The directing, the acting... the acting, the acting is as good as it ever was. I'm not saying it's an easy fight, just that if house/H. Laurie got it, it wouldn't be objectively unjustified. Love Dexter, but except for the last episode's final seconds, nothing in the season could be compared to House's 1st ep, nor is it clearly better than any given ep of HOUSE.

Now Mad men, that could be the one. the season was great. and the show has that subtle intensity and style. Big love was great too. we'll see. it'll be a tough one.
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Dexter should win this one.
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I thought Grey Gardens already won in last year's awards season. How can a mini-series win in 2 awards seasons?

And why isn't The Closer nominated for best drama?
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This is Dexter's chance to win. I feel like while Mad Men is good, Dexter has only gotten better and actually has provided some of its biggest twists four seasons into the show. And as for the acting catagory? This is Michael C. Hall's chance to steal it. I don't see ANYONE there that deserves it more than him. If Bryan Cranston isn't there, than it's gotta be Michael C. Hall
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How is House nominated again? Is still good, but not THAT good anymore. And why no love for Lost. It had another amazing season. I guess Michael Emerson's nominations are the only constant for the awards?

And True Blood? Seriously? At least Dexter is nominated.
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