Golden Globes Snubs and Surprises

by | December 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM | Show & Tell, TV News

'Glee' Kids Are 'Golden' (FOX)

'Glee' Kids Are 'Golden' (FOX)

From the shout outs to those shut down, Tuesday’s Golden Globes nominations leave us with plenty to talk about.

Hollywood’s second biggest awards show is known for being hipper and faster on the draw with recognizing ‘It’ shows than its television awards show counterpart, the Emmys, (which can be attributed, at least in part, to the timing of the awards season) and the nominees list reflected a lot of love for several of fall’s new shows.

The Hollywood Foreign Press spread a lot of ‘Glee,’ and a few raised eyebrows, that should give comedian Ricky Gervais ample fodder to work with when he hosts this year’s ceremony January 17th on NBC.

Here’s a Look at the Highlights of the 2010 Golden Globes TV Nominations:

BIGGEST SURPRISES

Top of the Class
Fox’s ‘Glee’ scored the most nominations for a single show with four nods — best comedy series and acting nominations for Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and scene-stealing queen Jane Lynch (Yes!).

Drama Done Right
A solid category that hits the mark with deserving shows like ‘Big Love,’ ‘Dexter,’ ‘True Blood’ and ‘Mad Men.’ But I would fiercely argue that the door should have been shown to a tired ‘House’ in favor of the reinvigorated ‘Lost.’

The, Wow, Really? Entries
Simon Baker of ‘The Mentalist’; Julianna Margulies of ‘The Good Wife’; Courteney Cox of ‘Cougar Town’; Thomas Jane and Jane Adams of ‘Hung.’ Not saying they aren’t deserving, just pointing out some fresh names among the usual staleness.

But what about? … Mariska Hargitay for ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and Mary-Louise Parker of ‘Weeds,’ who are perennial alums in the drama and comedy categories, respectively, as well as Gabriel Byrne, woefully mistreated in the acknowledgment department for HBO’s ‘In Treatment.’

Return to Glory
Sitcoms are funny again! It’s a relief to see 2009 breakout hits ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee’ join the ranks of the sitcom elite like ’30 Rock’ and ‘The Office’ in their freshman seasons. ‘Entourage’ hogging a spot here, however, is no laughing matter.

BIGGEST SNUBS

Not So Funny
While the Globes get props for acknowledging this fall’s new comedy hits ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Cougar Town’ and ‘Glee,’ they left off one of the biggest bangs to hit sitcomland: Breakout geek Jim Parsons and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — having its biggest year ever — were shut out.

Time for ‘Anarchy’?
FX’s way cool ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and Katey Sagal in particular were robbed, especially considering the motorcycle mama’s brutal white supremacists gang-rape storyline this year.

Another Dopey Move
Bryan Cranston, who won back-to-back Best Actor Emmys, has been racking up praise (if not ratings) left and right for his role as a cancer patient/meth dealer on AMC’s ‘other’ drama, but he didn’t crack the Best Actor category here. Crack is whack and so is ignoring ‘Breaking Bad.’

A Pretty, Pretty Egregious Omission
We waited two years for the hilarious ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ to return to the small screen–and they brought the entire ‘Seinfeld’ gang along with them–and yet there was no enthusiasm whatsoever from GG. Seriously?

Lost in the Shuffle
‘Lost,’ crashing into its sixth and final season, is nowhere to be found on the nominees list, save for supporting actor nominee Michael Emerson, whose brilliant portrayal of Benjamin Linus is left all alone to represent one of the smartest, most addictive show’s on television.

Biggest Yawn
Jeremy Piven for Best Supporting Actor. There’s no argument that Ari Gold is (and always was) the best part of ‘Entourage.’ But the word ‘best’ and ‘Entourage’ parted company in the same sentence two seasons ago. At least we don’t have to deal with token ‘Monk’ nods anymore (no offense, Shaloub, love ya!) now that the series has ended.

Maybe Next Year
The Globes are known for occasionally being on the edge, so if they want to retain their street cred, they should look at the sublime John Noble of Fox’s increasingly compelling ‘Fringe,’ and the standout among a crowd of standouts, Eric Stonestreet, gay dad extraordinare of ‘Modern Family.’

Network Bragging Rights
HBO led the list with 17 nominations; Fox and Showtime each had six; NBC scored five; CBS landed four; ABC received three.

For the complete list of nominees, including the film categories, click here.