I have a confession to make. Yeah, yeah The Oscars are considered the “Super Bowl” of Awards shows, but The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite of all the awards shows out there. Maybe it’s because they celebrate both film and TV, meaning that many more of my favorite people are in the room. Maybe it’s because they split the movie awards into Comedy and Drama, giving more films and performances the chance to be honored. Maybe it’s because out of all the awards bodies, the Globes are the ones most likely to think outside the box and honor new shows (they were the first champion of Mad Men after all). Maybe it’s because that many celebrities + free-flowing champagne = the potential for all sorts of shenanigans.
Wait. I KNOW it’s because of the free-flowing champagne induced shenanigans.
The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes were announced this morning and I found myself faced with a peculiar feeling. And that feeling was…happiness and excitement. Definitely not one I am used to feeling on Nomination Days. I’m used to feeling RAGE. Perhaps I am growing less grumpy in my old age or perhaps the fact of the matter is that The Globes got WAY more right this year than they did wrong. Sure…there were some moments that had me perplexed (NO MAD MEN), but there were more moments that had me squealing with joy (MONICA POTTER Y’ALL!). Let’s break down the categories, shall we?
Best Television Series — Drama
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
The shocker here is the exclusion of awards darling and winner of this category for the past 2 years Homeland. I’ve only watched the first nine episodes of the show, so obviously I am behind, but I have really heard NOTHING good about Season Three. So props to the HFPA for not just sticking to the shows they have honored in the past just cause they are the trendy ones. Mad Men is out of this category for the third year in a row (Again SO WEIRD because like I said…the HFPA were the first ones to reward this show), so while I am MAD, I am not surprised. Thrilled to see The Good Wife here because this season has been AMAZING. But really the favorite in this category HAS to be Breaking Bad for its masterful final season. Though House of Cards could be a spoiler if the HFPA is feeling tricksy.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
This Category is where the HFPA REALLY shook things up, with only ONE returning nominee from last year, in the form of Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Homeland‘s Damian Lewis. This makes me quite happy, as it really irks me when the same people get nominated every year because it feels like the nominators don’t even WATCH submission tapes (LOOKING AT YOU SAG AND EMMY).
I called it the moment that The Blacklist premiered…James Spader would get a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. So you can imagine I felt quite smug when his name was called this morning. I just started watching Masters of Sex and while I think Bill Masters is KIND OF the worst, I think Michael Sheen does brilliant work. The nomination for Liev Schreiber is the only one that strikes me as ODD, but the Globes ALWAYS have at least one WTF nominee. Who is usually a famous person. BUT JON HAMM THOUGH. I guess I am resigned to the fact that his awards days are over.
Bryan Cranston has to be the favorite here for his brilliance in Breaking Bad, but watch out for Spader. He has an extensive history with the Globes and they LOVE HIM. I would not at ALL be surprised if he walked away with the trophy.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
With two-time winner for Homeland Claire Danes out-of-the-way (seriously guys, they must have HATED season 3), I really feel like this is ANYBODY’S to win. Once again, the Globes did a clean sweep of this category, with only Juliana Margulies returning from last year’s crop. I could hear screams of joy from my friends all over the world when Tatiana Maslany’s name was called. I PROMISE I will watch at least SOME of Orphan Black before the Globes so I will GET IT. I am QUITE surprised that Taylor Schilling is the sole nominee from the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, considering that it is a show I really thought the Globes would embrace. I’m very sad that Lizzy Caplan didn’t get in for Masters of Sex, but this is a TOUGH category.
My pick to win is Kerry Washington. If there is any organization that would embrace a show as crazy as Scandal it is this one. Plus Kerry has movie star cred, which the HFPA loves and oh yeah…she’s fucking brilliant as Olivia Pope. She’ll need to watch her back for Maslany, but for now, I give this one to the Gladiator. It’s handled.
Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
AT LONG LAST PARKS AND RECREATION GETS A NOMINATION FOR SERIES. YOU GUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYS.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you KNOW how we feel about Parks and Rec. Will it win? Probably not. But it got recognized and we’ll take it. Yes, I yawn at the inclusion of The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family is always a given in this category. And the HFPA loves Girls, as it won this category last year. And I imagine it will win again. But with the exclusion of Glee and nomination for Parks and the SUPER surprise nomination for newbie Brooklyn 99, there will be no table flipping gifs here today.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL QUEEN AMY WINS A TROPHY FOR PLAYING LESLIE KNOPE.
(Also, subbing in Edie Falco for Tina Fey and you have the EXACT same line-up as last year. Lazy.)
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Aside from the surprise nomination for Andy Samberg, this category bores me. And the nomination for Michael J. Fox is a bit of a joke to me. Unless the show has MAGICALLY gotten better. Next please.