Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
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.
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.
Chloe 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.
Martin 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.