Because They Won’t Complain About Themselves – The 2008 Golden Globe Nominations

I won’t lie – there are many things that are capable of interrupting my academic productivity and resulting in a lengthy blog post. As of late, this list has been shrinking with the loss of original programming, and with some of that original programming just becoming uninteresting (Heroes, I am looking in your direction). However, there’s nothing like Award Shows to get my blood boiling, and my fingers typing – you can read Cultural Learnings’ other Award Shows coverage here, of which there is an extensive amount.

Cultural Learnings post-dates last year’s Globes (Which means our 1-year anniversary is coming up, so stay tuned!), which means that this is my first time to REALLY complain about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. For the sake of this blog, I’m going to stick with the Television nominees from an analysis-standpoint, but I’ll probably end up offering predictions on both the film and television side of things come January (Ironically, when I will have even less time). Of course, this is all dependent on the WGA offering the Golden Globes a strike Waiver.

[Speaking of the WGA, their nominations were revealed last night: Mad Men, which you might see more of over the weekend, leads the way with three nominations in Drama, while The Office has four nominations on the comedy side of things. Pushing Daisies also grabbed two nominations, as did 30 Rock and Dexter.]

Anyways, onto the Globes!

Drama Series

  • Big Love
  • Damages
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • House
  • Mad Men
  • The Tudors

Can I get a woot for Mad Men? It’s clear that the series will be getting some January Awards love, based on the WGA and Golden Globes love. I’m very pleased – the show is fantastic, and hopefully the Emmys remembers it as well. Otherwise, interesting that the other new series on the docket are relatively not new Big Love and the Tudors, along with Damages which…I liked enough, I guess. Missing is Lost and Heroes, which was the big new series last year.

Comedy Series

  • Californication
  • Entourage
  • Extras
  • 30 Rock
  • Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies and Californication are the new series, bumping The Office from the list. I don’t know how I feel about that, but I do know that Pushing Daisies and 30 Rock have an advantage in this category. 30 Rock is a rare show that despite being “new” last year, its star is rising – compare to Heroes, which has dropped off the radar entirely in its 2nd year. Ugly Betty, last year’s winner, is also no longer new, and thus no longer nominated.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Michael C. Hall [Dexter]
  • Jon Hamm [Mad Men]
  • Hugh Laurie [House]
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers [The Tudors]
  • Bill Paxton [Big Love]

The big snub here is James Gandolfini, although you could argue that some other big names are missing (Like James Spader, Emmy winner). But kudos to the HFPA for Jon Hamm, who is sensational as Don Draper. It’s a career-making performance, and I’m thinking he could win this category as an underdog (Especially since Rhys-Meyers and Paxton are likely non-issues).

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Patricia Arquette [Medium]
  • Glenn Close [Damages]
  • Minnie Driver [The Riches]
  • Edie Falco [The Sopranos]
  • Sally Field [Brothers & Sisters]
  • Holly Hunter [Saving Grace]
  • Kyra Sedgwick [The Closer]

A ridiculously huge category: we’ve got our only Sopranos love, last year’s winner in Sedgwick, Holly Hunter from another TNT drama, and then Arquette who keeps getting nominated even when Medium gets fundamentally ignored in every other way. I just don’t like her performance, and I hate to see seven people get nominated and none being Connie Britton for her fantastic work on Friday Night Lights.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin, [30 Rock]
  • Steve Carell, [The Office]
  • David Duchovny, [Californication]
  • Ricky Gervais, [Extras]
  • Lee Pace, [Pushing Daisies]

Lee Pace and David Duchovony on new series, Gervais continues his foreign love, and Carell/Baldwin will fight it out again. There’s really no one missing here, and the category is fairly wide-open heading into the Emmys. It’s clear that Baldwin will be kicking around for a while, as will Carell, but I’d be curious to see how Duchovony and Pace do at the Emmys.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate, [Samantha Who?]
  • America Ferrera, [Ugly Betty]
  • Tina Fey, [30 Rock]
  • Anna Friel, [Pushing Daisies]
  • Mary-Louise Parker, [Weeds]

No surprise on these: Tina Fey follows the 30 Rock love, Anna Friel does the same with Pushing Daisies, and Christina Applegate takes the other new slot. Parker and Ferrera, meanwhile, are previous winners. This is a category that Applegate could probably take due to her show being the newest and for her role being the showiest – Ferrera’s been underused on Betty recently, and Friel isn’t quite showy enough – but watch out for Fey getting a win for being Tina Fey.

Supporting Actress [Series, TV Movie, Miniseries]

  • Rose Byrne [Damages]
  • Rachel Griffiths [Brothers & Sisters]
  • Katherine Heigl [Grey’s Anatomy]
  • Samantha Morton [Longford]
  • Anna Paquin [Bury My Heart…]
  • Jaime Pressley [My Name is Earl]

Disappointed to see Kristen Chenoweth looked over for Pressley, who while good is not deserving of the only comedy slot in the category. I’m not pleased with Rose Byrne either – while she’s okay in Damages, she’s technically a lead, and was never really all that great. And Heigl…sigh. I really think that these award shows need to start realizing that just because Izzie was given the worst storyline in the history of the series and Hiegl wasn’t 100% unlikable doesn’t mean she was doing better work than Sandra Oh or Chandra Wilson. Curse you, Judd Apatow! This is all your fault.

Supporting Actor [Series, TV Movie, Miniseries]

  • Ted Danson [Damages]
  • Kevin Dillon [Entourage]
  • Jeremy Piven [Entourage]
  • Andy Serkis [Longford]
  • William Shatner [Boston Legal]
  • Donald Sutherland [Dirty Sexy Money]

Great to see Ted Danson get a nomination, but I would argue that he wasn’t even the show’s best supporting player, so I’m starting the Emmy campaign for Zeljko Ivanek as we speak. Disappointing to not see Chi McBride here, and to see 1/3 Entourage and 1/3 old guys on ABC dramas, even if they’re all good. There’s a lot of really great supporting players in television that, ultimately, are doing better work than William Shatner and Donald Sutherland.

For all of the Film/TV Nominees, head to IMDB’s nice visual mockup.


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4 responses to “Because They Won’t Complain About Themselves – The 2008 Golden Globe Nominations

  1. Ian

    When it comes to the comedy category, I’m glad that Californication made it instead of Ugly Betty, I’ve only seen one episode of it and I wish I hadn’t. Besides seeing David Duchovny in a comedy series, like Californication, was nice surprise to see, I’ve always enjoyed him in comedy.

  2. Ian, I liked Californication but ultimately feel that the series lost a lot of momentum – Duchovony is good, but the show stopped being interesting leading up to its conclusion.

    I wouldn’t put Ugly Betty into that fifth slot, either; I’d probably put The Office in there, or Showtime’s Weeds which definitely had a stronger year than Californication.

  3. Ian

    I know, that’s the only problem I had it was weak at the end, although I don’t think the Office had that strong of a year to be in the fifth slot, the show just doesn’t pop for me like it used to.

  4. What’s weird with the Globes is that technically you could submit the second half of last season of The Office. Which had a few gems (Mainly Business School) that in my view probably put it over the top on the whole.

    Californication and Damages are both shows which are intriguing and interesting, but ultimately I can’t think of a single episode of either that makes me think “Awards Consideration.” The Office or Lost, meanwhile, had several, but just isn’t “new” enough.

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