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Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
Mad Men, Golden Globes 2010
Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight? Let's take a look at how things shook out in the TV categories at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Mad Men, Best Television Series - Drama.
With competition from Big Love, Dexter, House, and True Blood, I'm really glad I wasn't picking the winner here. They're all fantastic. I wouldn't say that True Blood delivered its best episodes last season, so I don't have a problem with that one not winning (though I'm a big fan of the show). Mad Men is definitely deserving (especially the "lawn mower" episode), although Dexter and Big Love both had great seasons.

Julianna Margulies, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama.
This award really surprised me. It's not that Margulies isn't deserving, but I do have to say I fell asleep while trying to watch the first couple episodes of The Good Wife. But I'll give it another try, as I've heard nothing but good things about it. I was hoping Glenn Close would win for her performance as the cold-hearted Patty Hewes in Damages. Others in this category included January Jones (Mad Men), Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).

Michael C. Hall, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Here the competition included Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), and Bill Paxton (Big Love). Any one of these guys could have rightfully won, but I truly think Hall turned in his finest work on Dexter this season, opposite John Lithgow playing the Trinity Killer.

Glee, Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
I'm iffy on this one. I love Glee, but the episodes were hit and miss for me. Some blew me away, while others just didn't. My choice probably would have been Modern Family, a show that brought the creative funny with every episode. Other shows in this category included 30 Rock, Entourage, and The Office.

Golden Globes 2010: Cast of Glee
Toni Collette, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical. Although I'm a huge fan of Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie, it's hard to argue with Collette taking home this award. After all, she wasn't just playing one role in The United States of Tara. She played many roles, thanks to her character with multiple personalities. Others in this category included Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Lea Michele (Glee).

Alec Baldwin, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
I've never been a big fan of Alec Baldwin, probably because it's hard to get past his off-camera idiocy calling his daughter names and such. And I don't really get the fascination with 30 Rock overall. It's ok, but not must-see TV for me. But again, everyone in this category -- Steve Carell (The Office), David Duchovny (Californication), Thomas Jane (Hung) and Matthew Morrison (Glee) -- turned in fine work last year. Thomas Jane cracked me up with his portrayal of a male prostitute in Hung.

Golden Globes 2010: Chloe SevignyChloe Sevigny, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. I've been a fan of Big Love since the beginning, and Sevigny really got to stretch her chops last year as the second wife of polygamist Bill Henrickson. Others in this category: Jane Adams, Rose Byrne, Jane Lynch and Janet McTeer.

Grey Gardens, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Here's another category where I'm glad I didn't have to pick a winner, because they're all great. Other contenders were Georgia O'Keeffe, Into the Storm, Little Dorrit, and Taking Chance.

Drew Barrymore, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Drew can do no wrong in my book, whether she's playing a Bouvier or a tough-talking roller derby queen. Tough category, though, with Joan Allen, Jessica Lange, Anna Paquin and Sigourney Weaver in the running.

Kevin Bacon, Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. As a Lt. Col. escorting the remains of a 19-year-old boy home from Iraq to his family, Bacon turned in a heartfelt performance that took us beyond the headlines and into an aspect of the war we don't usually hear about on the news. Others in this category included Kenneth Branagh, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons.

John Lithgow, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. I was cheering out loud when Lithgow won this award. All season long, every time I reviewed a Dexter episode, my reviews generally included, "Oh just give Lithgow all the awards right now!" His turn as the Trinity Killer was truly magnificent and frightening.

Golden Globes 2010: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprioMartin Scorsese, Cecil B. DeMille Award. We'll definitely include Scorsese in the TV category, especially since his love letter to Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, is set to premiere on HBO later this year. At the moment, I can't think of anymore more deserving of this award.

What about you? Did your favorites score Golden Globe awards? If not, tell us your choices in the comments below.

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Rebecca

I think Mad Men is a brilliant show. It's a bit depressing at times, so I can understand everyone not liking it. But I would think you could still respect it if you have watched it. I totally get how some shows are worthy that I don't watch because they aren't my cuppa.
Not Modern Family though, it just seems same old, same old to me. Made for people who want to feel like they are getting edgy (but aren't) without any new territory actually being covered. And the jokes are predictable. Glee gives us something new and refreshing.

January 18 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janey

I was rooting for David Duchovny to win best actor. I don't get the appeal of Alec Baldwin either. But then, I don't like 30 Rock at all and think it's the most highly overrated show on tv.

January 18 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

They were obviously spreading the tv awards around. I think they thought it would be overkill if they gave Dexter or Big Love top drama on top of honoring Hall, Lithgow, and Sevigny. I'm so sick of the adoration of Mad Men. I don't see one superlative thing about the series. And I'll strangle the next person who says I'm not appreciating its "subtlety". It's as subtle as a sledgehammer. Author's message! Author's message!

January 18 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I was disappointed that DEXTER didn't win but thrilled to death that Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow did.

January 18 2010 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

How the hell does Glee win the Golden Globe for best comedy series?!! this is the biggest bullshit since Ugly Betty!

January 18 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patti

don't feel bad, I'm not a fan of Alec either. And I fell asleep during Mad Men, I cannot grasp this show at all, so every year I get pissed because it wins, and I don't understand why. Edie Falco was ROBBED!!!! Toni Collette may be good, but that was another show that didn't trip my trigger either.

January 18 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

> Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight?

No. Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad weren't even nominated.

Other comments:

* Glee was deserving of the win. Modern Family is the most over-rated show since ... gosh, I don't know -- ever?

* Alec Baldwin is beyond a doubt the funniest actor on TV.

January 18 2010 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

"aspect of the war we don't usually hear about on the news"

It's difficult to hear about something on the news when DoD policy prohibits or obstructs it being covered by most news media.

January 18 2010 at 4:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

Yeah, I know it was a while back. Still not a fan. He just doesn't seem that funny to me. But I know I'm in the minority of not being gung-ho on 30 Rock, too.

January 18 2010 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Leroy

Did it ever occur to you that angry ordinary people leave much worse phone messages every day? But since they aren't celebrities, we never get to hear about them. Most, like Baldwin, don't really mean it. They just get carried away with emotion and later regret it, like Baldwin. In my opinion, private lives of celebrities should be off limits to the press.

Also, there is a very long tradition of ignoring the private lives of creative artists when evaluating their creative work (something any critic must be capable of doing if they want to be taken seriously). A prime example: Wagner's operas are being performed somewhere every day, uplifting people with their message of redemption, even though he was an anti-Semite and an inspiration to Hitler.

January 18 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Observer

Jane, Alec called his kid a pig in April of 2007 and you've never been a fan because of that? Give me a break, if you are not a fan of the guy fine but at least give a halfway intelligent reason. The guy is hilarious, from multiple memorable moments on SNL to his award winning 30 Rock roll the guy is a true craftsman. His personal life does not detract from that one iota. I guess I could understand if you are a bit of a fat pig yourself and his comment to his daughter in a moment of anger struck a personal chord but beyond that you disdain for Alec is foolheaded.

January 18 2010 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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