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Golden Globe Nominations Handed Out: Much Love for "30 Rock" and "Mad Men," None for "Lost"

Another December, another batch of Golden Globe nominations. This year, however, there's at least hope that the show will go on. (If you remember, last year's telecast was plagued by, uh, issues even greater than force majeure: namely the 100-day WGA strike in which everyone boycotted NBC's Golden Globe telecast, resulting in a 3-hour press conference to announce the winners.)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning announced its nominees for the 2009 Golden Globes, which will be handed out at a live telecast on NBC on January 11th.

While I am beyond thrilled that Mad Men and 30 Rock got some much needed love, with 30 Rock justly landing nominations for Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy (Tina Fey), and Best Actor in a Comedy (Alec Baldwin), I'm pleased as punch that an awards committee has finally given recognition to Mad Men's January Jones, who landed her first nomination as the embattled Betty Draper on AMC's period drama.

The women of Mad Men have been wrongfully overlooked time and time again during award season, so I am happy that someone has finally gotten it right for a change. And while I wish that Jones could have been joined by her fellow female stars of Mad Men like Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks, I was happy to see that Jon Hamm also received a nomination to boot.

I do take umbrage however with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association offering a nomination for Best Drama Series to HBO's True Blood over the far superior (and creatively reinvigorated) Season Four of Lost. Or as one Televisionary reader emailed me: "I'm sorry, I know I watch the show, but seriously? True Blood gets a nomination over Lost???"

I understand that Alan Ball is still much beloved for HBO's Six Feet Under and True Blood has found itself a core fan base of devoted watchers but Lost was such a superior series this year in absolutely every respect that it's actually offensive to find it left off the nominee list. One need only watch the superlative episode "The Constant" to see that Lost's absence from the list is an egregious error.

A full list of the Golden Globe nominees in the television categories can be found after the jump.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
Showtime/John Goldwyn Productions/The Colleton Company/Clyde Phillips Productions

b. HOUSE (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions

c. IN TREATMENT (HBO)
Sheleg, Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

d. MAD MEN (AMC)
Lionsgate Television

e. TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
Your Face Goes Here Productions in association with HBO Entertainment


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. SALLY FIELD BROTHERS AND SISTERS

b. MARISKA HARGITAY LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS
UNIT

c. JANUARY JONES MAD MEN

d. ANNA PAQUIN TRUE BLOOD

e. KYRA SEDGWICK THE CLOSER


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. GABRIEL BYRNE IN TREATMENT

b. MICHAEL C. HALL DEXTER

c. JON HAMM MAD MEN

d. HUGH LAURIE HOUSE

e. JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS THE TUDORS



BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. 30 ROCK (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little
Stranger Inc.

b. CALIFORNICATION (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, And Then...

c. ENTOURAGE (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

d. THE OFFICE (NBC)
Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios

e. WEEDS (SHOWTIME)
Lionsgate Television


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. CHRISTINA APPLEGATE SAMANTHA WHO?

b. AMERICA FERRERA UGLY BETTY

c. TINA FEY 30 ROCK

d. DEBRA MESSING THE STARTER WIFE

e. MARY-LOUISE PARKER WEEDS


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. ALEC BALDWIN 30 ROCK

b. STEVE CARELL THE OFFICE

c. KEVIN CONNOLLY ENTOURAGE

d. DAVID DUCHOVNY CALIFORNICATION

e. TONY SHALHOUB MONK


BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. A RAISIN IN THE SUN (ABC)
Sony Pictures Television

b. BERNARD AND DORIS (HBO)
Trigger Street Independent Productions in association with Little Bird and Chicago Films and HBO Films

c. CRANFORD (PBS)
A Co-Production of BBC and WGBH Boston.

d. JOHN ADAMS (HBO)
Playtone in association with HBO Films

e. RECOUNT (HBO)
Spring Creek/Mirage Productions in association with Trigger Street Productions, Everyman Pictures and HBO Films


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. JUDI DENCH CRANFORD

b. CATHERINE KEENER AN AMERICAN CRIME

c. LAURA LINNEY JOHN ADAMS

d. SHIRLEY MACLAINE COCO CHANEL

e. SUSAN SARANDON BERNARD AND DORIS


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. RALPH FIENNES BERNARD AND DORIS

b. PAUL GIAMATTI JOHN ADAMS

c. KEVIN SPACEY RECOUNT

d. KIEFER SUTHERLAND 24: REDEMPTION

e. TOM WILKINSON RECOUNT



BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. EILEEN ATKINS CRANFORD

b. LAURA DERN RECOUNT

c. MELISSA GEORGE IN TREATMENT

d. RACHEL GRIFFITHS BROTHERS AND SISTERS

e. DIANNE WIEST IN TREATMENT


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

b. DENIS LEARY RECOUNT

c. JEREMY PIVEN ENTOURAGE

d. BLAIR UNDERWOOD IN TREATMENT

e. TOM WILKINSON JOHN ADAMS

What do you think of the nominees? Who will you be rooting for come next month to take home the statue? Who do you think should have been nominated and who do you hope goes home empty-handed? Discuss.

Golden Globe winners will be announced on Sunday, January 11th at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC.

Comments

Jennifer said…
I gave up a long time ago on really taking these award shows seriously but I am completely perplexed by Kevin Connolly getting nominated for Entourage. I'm probably one of the few that actually like Eric but the show hasn't been that great for a long time and really, they couldn't find anyone else?
Unknown said…
Golden Globe Nominations for 2009 interviews:
watch here
must see!
UPennBen said…
The Constant was one of the best hours of dramatic TV I've seen in my entire life.
Anonymous said…
True blood is unwatchable. I can't believe that Lost didn't get a nomination for Best Drama but that dreck did. "The Constant" was one of the best things I've watched in years and for that ep alone Lost should have gotten nominated for a GG. Season 4 was amazing. Just wrong.
Wow. The nomination list is pretty yawn-inducing. I'm very happy about the 30 Rock and Mad Men nominations (yay for January Jones!) but, otherwise, the list is kind of dismal. I am aghast (yes, aghast!) that True Blood was nominated over Lost. That's just not right.
Anonymous said…
I'm disappointed not to see Kristen Chenoweth nominated. She has been a true shining light in Pushing Daisies this season.
Anonymous said…
No nom for lost - it boggles the mind. BUT, I am thrilled about January Jones and Blair Underwood. Mia W should have gotten the nod over Melissa George, but whatever.

I know that it's a HFPA fave, but the Office noms are annoying.

Truth be told, I am more dismayed over some of the movie snubs.
Jo said…
I am equally outraged by the omission of LOST in all categories. It was the only series to emerge from the strike as consistently stellar and well produced, and Season 4 was amazing.

I am baffled by the love for In Treatment and Entourage as well. Yikes.
Anonymous said…
Pathetic really. That shows like Entourage and The Office (yawn) and In Treatment get noms and shows like Pushing Daisies and Lost get shut out is disgusting. Hollywood Foreign Press should be ashamed and really why are foreigners giving out awards for US TV????
par3182 said…
I was hoping the HPFA might've shown some love for 'Summer Heights High' in the same way they got behind the UK version of 'The Office' before other groups.

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