The Golden Globes: Best Actor - Musical or Comedy
So... who will win? Who should win? I'll let you know after the jump.
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
The only one who isn't on NBC Thursdays (but is on an NBC-produced show on the NBC-owned USA Network). A perennial Globes favorite; last year was one of the only years during Monk's run that he wasn't nominated, but he's back this year. No one can deny that Tony does a good job playing the OCD-riddled detective, but others have surpassed him this year. Besides, he's got three Emmys and a Globe already; where is he going to put another statue?
Zach Braff, Scrubs
I've made no secret that Scrubs is my favorite show, and I'm happy that Zach has gotten nominations for both the Globes and the Emmys over the last few years. As always, he did a great job on the show this year. But if anyone from Scrubs should have been nominated this year, it should have been John C. McGinley, who effectively displayed his entire acting range this past season.
Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl
Earl is an easy, breezy show, and Jason does an easy, breezy job as the title character. But, until late this year, we haven't seen much of Earl's bad side, and that's hurt his chances, especially in this group. Maybe next year, now that "Bad Earl" is popping up more and more (how funny was that Cops episode last week?), Jason may have more of a shot. It's too bad; I've liked this guy ever since I saw him in Mallrats twelve(!) years ago.
Steve Carell, The Office
The defending champ. I wouldn't be surprised if he won again, considering his portrayal of Michael Scott actually helped the show develop from an imitation of the British version to a classic sitcom in its own right. But while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes to do repeat nominations, they don't often give the award to someone two years in a row. Anyway, there is a better choice, believe it or not, as you'll see below.
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
The main reason why 30 Rock has been such a pleasant surprise this year is Alec Baldwin. He takes a character, Jack Donaghy, that could have been your standard-grade sitcom "bad boss" and made him into a multi-dimensional foil for Tina Fey's snarky Liz Lemon. The dramatic but effortless way he delivers lines like "My mother tried to send me to Vietnam to make a man out of me. I was 12," is priceless. And in trying to keep up with him, Tina's acting has improved as a result. If he doesn't win, I'm going to wonder about the HFPA more than I already do.
Who will win: Alec Baldwin. Big movie star kicking ass on a sitcom? It's a slam dunk. But, like I said, I wouldn't be surprised if Carell takes home another Globe.
Who should win: Alec Baldwin.