Golden Globes

I wrote last week that I was going to examine the Golden Globe Nominations for Movie Actors and Actresses. However, I’m going to wait until I’ve seen a few more films so I’m not just whistling Dixie.

But I will talk about the TV nominations.


The Supporting categories are lumped with Drama and Mini-series. How is that fair. Jeremy Piven from Entourage goes against Sayid from Lost, and they’re both against Paul Newman in the TV movie Empire Falls? Screwy. We’ll stick to the Leads

Here are the Nominations:

Actor In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series
Zach Braff in Scrubs
Steve Carell in The Office
Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jason Lee in My Name Is Earl
Charlie Sheen in Two And A Half Men

I’ve seen all of these guys, and can’t tell you who has an inside track, but my guess (and my pick) would easily be Jason Lee. Have you seen that mustache?

Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series
Marcia Cross in Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher in Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman in Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria in Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds

Hmmmmm….I wonder if Golden Globes has a theme? Would have been nice to see the mom from Everybody Hates Chris, but what are you going to do? I have to be honest: Desperate Housewives went so far downhill so quickly that I quit watching this year, but from last year (which the Golden Globes is also looking at), I’d go for Marcia Cross. I also am loving Mary-Louise Parker’s performance in Weeds.

Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Desperate Housewives
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl

Koz tells me Entourage is incredible. I haven’t seen it, so I can’t comment. I have seen Curb Your Enthusiasm (though not this season’s), and love it. Desperate Housewives I’ve already commented on, as I have the enjoyable (if lightweight) Weeds. My selection would be between Everybody Hates Chris and My Name is Earl, and while I’d be happy if either won (really: they are both superior shows and you should be watching), but my pick would be My Name is Earl. I suppose this is the time when I should say something about Arrested Development, but I’m too sad.


Actor In A Leading Role - Drama Series
Patrick Dempsey in Grey's Anatomy
Matthew Fox in Lost
Hugh Laurie in House
Wentworth Miller in Prison Break
Kiefer Sutherland in 24

Inexplicably Ian McShane was left off for Deadwood. Virtually as bizarre were Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Denis Leary (Rescue Me) being left off as well. These were the awesome performances, and there should have been an argument over which one is left out.

I say this because Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherlands are obvious choices, and with those other four omissions, the race should come down to one of those two (although watch the Golden Globes give it to Patrick Dempsey). Don’t get me wrong, I love his Dr. McDreamy on Grey’s, but c’mon! It’s not in the same league as the others.

Wentworth Miller and Matthew Fox are both good at their jobs, but not in the same league as the guys overlooked. Almost criminal. This should be the best race in years, and we get that.

Actress In A Leading Role - Drama Series
Patricia Arquette in Medium
Glenn Close in The Shield
Geena Davis in Commander-In-Chief
Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer
Polly Walker in Rome

I don’t have much to say on this category, other than the Globes love stars, so look for Geena Davis or Glenn Close to win. Polly Walker if fantastic, but I doubt she has a prayer.

Television Series - Drama
Grey's Anatomy
Prison Break

So let’s talk about what shows aren’t there. Uh, 24? Uh, House? Uh, Deadwood? How can those shows be left out? Seriously, I ask you? Does this mean there is no God. (And this doesn’t even get to Rescue Me, which should arguably be there, and Battlestar Galactica and possibly Veronica Mars). In fact, I’m now determined to do a top ten list of TV for the year.

That being said, looking at what they actually nominated, there are some good ones. Lost is obvious, and should win. Grey’s Anatomy gets better with each week, so I can’t be too upset about that. I’ve seen the fist six episodes of Rome, and while it starts a tad slowly, it’s pretty freaking sweet.

I’m the one who told you about Prison Break, and I certainly enjoy it, but Best Drama? I don’t think so.

And Commander in Chief. I’ve watched a few episodes. It’s predictable, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And it did get better. But some of the writing was so god-awful I could barely choke down my own vomit. I should mention that my dad disagrees, and likes Commander in Chief enough to skip House to watch it, but not me. It goes on the scrap heap, and with the shows left out, the inclusion of that show is inexcusable.