Monday, January 4, 2010

Golden Globes need polish part II: comedy and supporting roles

     On January 17th, the Golden Globes will kick off the winter awards season by naming their winners. Globes are given for both TV and movies, but since I write mostly about TV, we're just going to deal with that. Here's who is nominated for comedies and supporting roles and who should win, in my opinion. Disclosure: I never score very well with awards ballots, so these predictions may be way off.  Click for Part I: Drama and Miniseries.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL - 30 Rock (NBC), Entourage (HBO), Glee (FOX), Modern Family (ABC), The Office (NBC). Four excellent choices, and then there's Entourage. 30 Rock has had it's chance, give it to one of the newbies. I love Modern Family, but Glee should win because it's more fresh, more groundbreaking, and has more merchandise. A DVD of the first half of the season is already on sale.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL - Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office; David Duchovny, Californication; Thomas Jane, Hung; Matthew Morrison, Glee.  Alec has had his wins, and Carell has been on so long, it seems a little late to award it.  Not that The Office has gone downhill, but still...  I think this one is going to go to Matthew Morrison, as Glee could easily go for a near sweep, although Thomas Jane could be the dark horse.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL - Toni Collette, United States of Tara; Courteney Cox, Cougar Town; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Lea Michele, Glee.  This may be the category Glee loses because, after all, you can't win them all.  Fey has already won, and Collette's show only did so-so.  Cox is funny, but her show certainly isn't the breakout hit, though it's adequate.  I believe Falco has this one all tied up.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Jane Adams, Hung; Rose Byrne, Damages; Jane Lynch, Glee; Janet McTeer, Into the Storm; Chloe Sevigny, Big Love.  Lynch deserves it, hands down.  Unfortunately, she has never gotten the respect that she deserves, and she may not again.  McTeer seems a good guess, but Adams might be a contender.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Michael Emerson, Lost; Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother; William Hurt, Damages; John Lithgow, Dexter; Jeremy Piven, Entourage.   Where is Jim Parsons's (The Big Bang Theory) name in this list?  The fact that he is not on here, but Jeremy Piven once again is, is a crime.  Parsons should have won this category.  That being said, there are four excellent choices here.  My gut says Lithgow, though Hurt wouldn't surprise me either.  Harris should have won the last couple of years, and Emerson has deserved it for awhile, too.  However, Hurt and Lithgow were two intense, exciting, new performances, so I'd say the smart money is on them.  Or maybe not.

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