Hollywood's fifth or sixth most glamorous annual event relating to spherical shiny trophies, The Golden Globes, unveiled its nominations this morning and always eager to make headlines, the list of potential award winners features some choices that seem to have been picked out of a hat. Instead of starting with the recognition of the good (Homeland leads all series nominations with four and Breaking Bad finally cracks the Best Drama field), let's be Negative Nancys and look at the oversights.
Yes, these are just Da Globez, which has a track record for more playful slap-in-the-face nominations and putting a "Best Of" list together that everyone will appreciate is one of the industry's Sisyphean tasks, but when you take a look at what series made it instead of the aforementioned deserved shows, it's like Tabasco sauce in a cold sore. HBO's inconsistent The Newsroom received a nod for Best Drama and NBC's problematic Smash scooted its way into Best Comedy or Musical. Headlines achieved, Golden Globes!
Let's take a look at the relevant television categories one by one.
Best Television Series - Drama
2012 was an odd year in that I would say there wasn't any single outstanding show that stood out above the rest, and there are four or five shows that could easily lay some claim to best of the year. But sorry, The Newsroom is not one of those shows. There are only five spots here, and including Aaron Sorkin's sometimes-great evangelizing soapbox means that Mad Men, which had some fine moments this season, and Game of Thrones, which was as good as if not better than the Globe-nominated first season, are left all alone in the cold wondering where the love is. At least The Globes' governing body The Hollywood Foreign Press finally pulled its head out of its ass long enough to give Breaking Bad its first Best Drama nomination in this crazy contest.
Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Just because it says Comedy OR Musical, doesn't mean you NEED a musical in there. But Smash, a show that got so ridiculous in its first season that fans openly put a bounty on a character's head, conned its way in. It's odd that New Girl earned two actor nominations but not a series nomination, and I still think Episodes is a ways away from being in the best comedy conversation. Modern Family, blah blah blah. Parks and Recreation easily deserves to be on the list here. But if you need an example of how off The Golden Globes were on comedy this year, I'll give you two: Louie and Community.
Best Performance by an Actor - Drama
(Last year's winner, Kelsey Grammer, Boss)
Not much to complain about here. Despite the show's flaws, Daniels was fantastic as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom. But this should be a fight between Cranston and Lewis, with Buscemi getting in a good swing here and there.
Best Performance by an Actress - Drama
The Golden Globes have shown little consistency in the lead actress category over the years, and once again we have three new women in the category this year (Margulies and Danes were nominated last year). The field is more competitive in 2012 than it was in 2011, but it's still the Claire Danes Show. She'll repeat or I'll eat my hat. (Note: It's okay to wear a sandwich as a hat, right?)
Best Performance by an Actor - Comedy or Musical
Sure, why not. After the Best Comedy snub of Louie, at least this is proof The Golden Globes know Louis C.K. exists.
Best Performance by an Actress - Comedy or Musical
(Last year's winner, Laura Dern, Enlightened)
If this were Best Performance by someone so cute they make you want to throw up, then it's Deschanel all day. If it's Best Performance by someone that gets naked too often, then it's Dunham (her writing and directing, on the other hand, are superb). But this is essentially who is the funniest, so it's Poehler versus Louis-Dreyfus in a battle of goofy political ladies.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Finally someone recognizes that Patinkin is doing wonders in the shadows of his more expressive co-stars. The beard alone could get its own nomination. Patinkin could be the third Homeland actor to win a Globe this year, but he'll have tough competition from Harris and voter fave Stonestreet. And is now a good time to say that Greenfield's Schmidt has reached annoying levels? I can't believe I said it either.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
(Last year's winner, Jessica Lange, American Horror Story)
Wow! Who would have thought little Claire the indestructible cheerleader would be up for an almost legitimate award one day? Panettiere brings youthful energy to the mix, but that's about it. She should be Rayna James'd by the elder Maggie Smith if Kalinda's rough sex storyline turns voters off of Panjabi.
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