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The Golden Globes: Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 10th 2008 3:00PM

Alec Baldwin -- one of this year's Golden Globe nomineesThis feels weird. Normally, there is a good bit of excitement around the nominees of the Golden Globes, particularly since it's the first big award ceremony of the year and a precursor to the Academy and Emmy awards. However, with the WGA strike in full swing, and the awards ceremony stripped down to a simple one-hour press conference televised by NBC, it all seems a bit anti-climatic.

But, taking a page from my heroes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, I shall press on in true television reporting style and present my prediction for winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy.

And the nominees are...

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Alec Baldwin is FUNNY (you can tell this because I capitalized the word 'funny')! Not just smile-amusingly funny either, he is downright laugh-out-loud-missing-next-laugh-out-loud-moment funny. Credit definitely goes to Tina Fey and her writing staff for putting words into Jack Donaghy's mouth, but Baldwin is the one who has made Donaghy the three-dimensional character that we can laugh at and with.

Steve Carell, The Office
Steve is also FUNNY, but not as much as he previously was. It's not that the writing is going down hill (even though plenty of you think it is). It's more that the character of Michael Scott is changing. He still says and does stuff that make us chuckle and wince in pain at the same time. However, as his character is becoming more, well, human, the funny is intermixing with a bit more seriousness.

David Duchovny, Californication
Duchovny has always had that subtle, dry humor going for him, even during his days on the X-Files, and he continues that trait in Californication. Yet, it seems to me that he plays the same character wherever he goes. I mean, you could put a dark trench coat over him and he could be Fox Mulder -- except with sex and substance abuse addictions.

Ricky Gervais, Extras
While Ricky is definitely funny, he is also quite biting when it comes to commentary about today's world of entertainment media. That could certainly be seen during the Extras' CHRISTMAS special. For that alone I would say he deserves the Golden Globe.

Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
I don't know about Lee. He's very charming and all, but his role in Pushing Daisies isn't that funny. Personally, I think that Pace's character is more of the straight man to not only his ability to raise the dead (then kill them again) but to the other characters as well. But, because he has that tortured, sad puppy kind of aura around him he may have a chance at the award.

And the winner is...

I've got to give it to Alec Baldwin. For runner-up I'd have to give it to Steve Carell, especially if they are looking at episodes like "Fun Run", "Money" and "Deposition". Now, it's time for you to make your choice.

Who will win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin171 (49.3%)
Steve Carell80 (23.1%)
David Duchovony28 (8.1%)
Ricky Gervais39 (11.2%)
Lee Pace29 (8.4%)


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