13 Mysteries of the Golden Globes
Alas, the organization's doings and membership are shrouded in secrecy, and not everyone takes the group seriously, to put it mildly. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know more about how high-level diplomacy really works than we do about how and why Globes voters make the choices they make.
All we really know about the Globes is that the group's annual telecast is typically one of the more lively stops on the awards circuit. There aren't that many awards during the program, so it's a relatively zippy affair (unlike the ponderous Emmys). At the Globes, the stars all sit at big tables and, judging by some of the acceptance speeches, the famous people don't mind having a drink or three.
And that's fine with me, but the Globes nomination roster sometimes leaves me in need of alcoholic sustenance. Then again, the doings of most awards-giving groups usually leave me stumped for one reason or another. In fairness, the Globes have usually been more quick to recognize excellent new shows than the sclerotic Academy that gives out the Emmys, but this year's list of Globes nominees induced more head-scratching than usual.
Here's my baker's dozen of Globes Questions, in no particular order:
1. Not that she hasn't done great work every season, but why did Katey Sagal get nominated for the third season of FX's 'Sons of Anarchy,' when the previous season was much more of a showcase for her character, Gemma Teller-Morrow? (Follow-up: Why didn't Charlie Hunnam get a nomination for his terrific work in 'SOA'? The season was uneven but he was on fire throughout.)
2. Why didn't at least a few of the amazing 'Boardwalk Empire' supporting actors get nominated? This is a crime. It's probably because these actors aren't as well known, but Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Shannon, Jack Huston and Michael K. Williams all had extremely terrific moments on screen. (One very strange thing about the 'Boardwalk Empire' nominations: Kelly Macdonald was nominated in the Supporting Actress category. That's odd, given that she's clearly a lead on the show, but I'm guessing that was a strategic decision on the part of HBO or Macdonald's handlers, who may have figured there was less competition in the supporting slot.)
3. So Piper Perabo of the very lightweight USA show 'Covert Affairs' was more deserving of a Best Actress in a Drama nomination than, say, Connie Britton of 'Friday Night Lights'? Amy Ryan of 'In Treatment'? The ladies of 'Damages'? Khandi Alexander or Melissa Leo of 'Treme'? Hold on, I feel an aneurysm coming on.
4. Speaking of aneurysms, why does the miniseries or movie category still exist? Frankly, it's debatable whether there are enough decent projects to fill up the category with worthy nominees. For the love of Pete, the terrible 'Pillars of the Earth' got three nominations (in the miniseries category and for actors Hayley Atwell and Ian McShane). Nobody recognizes McShane's brilliance more than me, but the miniseries was an abomination and it truly failed to use McShane's many gifts well.
5. But back to the topic at hand -- when will awards-giving bodies just dump the miniseries and movie category (I know, the answer is: "Never." Sigh.) Allow me to share with you the IMDb.com description of 'The Client List,' the Lifetime movie for which Jennifer Love Hewitt received a Globe nomination this year: "A former beauty queen is forced to take a job at a massage parlor when her family faces foreclosure on their home after her husband suffers an injury that keeps him from working. Unfortunately for her she soon learns that her clients expect more than a rubdown." Sounds every bit as wonderful and moving a 'Temple Grandin.'
6. Thanks to the best-drama nomination for 'The Walking Dead' (which frankly is a bit premature), will there be zombies on the red carpet this year? Please?
7. Why are some imports recognized and others not? It was heartening to see Idris Elba get a nod for his great work in the BBC America miniseries 'Luther,' but why didn't Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman get some love for 'Sherlock'?
8. What's the deal with 'The Big C'? I can understand the love for Laura Linney , who was nominated along with the Showtime "comedy" she stars in, but come on -- Linney's skills could not cover up the show's many flaws. I was also mystified when 'The Big C' got a Best TV of 2010 nod from an AFI panel over the weekend. Full disclosure: I served on that jury, but suffice to say, I didn't understand 'The Big C's' recognition in that case either.
9. What's the deal with Thomas Jane of 'Hung' being nominated? I think we can all think of comedic actors who deserve recognition more than the star of that HBO show. 'Modern Family,' 'Community,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Cougar Town' and the late lamented 'Better Off Ted' and 'Party Down' are chock-full of actors (male and female) who deserve a ton of praise and awards for their side-splitting work. Same goes for FX's 'Louie.'
10. Nothing for 'Friday Night Lights'? Nothing for 'Rubicon'? Matthew Fox and the entire cast of 'Lost' ignored? No love for 'Justified' or 'Terriers'? A shut-out for 'Men of a Certain Age'? Sadly, I expect wonderful genre fare such as 'Fringe,' 'Supernatural' 'Doctor Who' to be (unjustly) shunned by the major awards-giving bodies, but the total lack of love for those other dramas is a real drag. (For more on the Globes' snubs and surprises, check out this TV Squad roundup.)
11. Why are the Globes are suffering from Emmy Syndrome? That is, the Globes are nominating certain actors and shows for what feels like the hundreth time, apparently out of habit, even if those shows aren't nearly in their primes any more. There are too many examples of this unfortunate syndrome to list here.
12. When will 'Glee's' free ride end? Never? On the plus side, the Globes didn't nominate another very messy, very trendy show -- 'True Blood,' which had a very off season. But Come. On. 'Glee's' 15 minutes of overhyped, overheated attention won't ever end, apparently. As much as I love Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch's continually fine work, the nominations for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele feel perfunctory, and there are quite a few shows more deserving of a best-comedy nod.
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