BEST TV SERIES – DRAMA
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) *Funmi – It’s no secret that I’m a Breaking Bad fan. Why? Because it legitimately is the best show on television and the first half of the final season was spectacular. The show is wrapping up all of the key situations and key players nicely. Homeland will be around long after Breaking Bad ends! Let’s give this year’s award for best drama to Breaking Bad.
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Homeland” (Showtime) *Mark – DUH! This is a no-brainer… it is the most interesting, twisty, shocking, and addictive drama I’ve seen of this group. The first season was amazing, and the second season was even more intense! The fact that I have to wait until September for the next new episode is depressing… and I think there are many out there who agree with me!
“The Newsroom” (HBO) *Tom – Why? It’s the only show of these that I watch. But, that being said, it’s heart-pounding, surrounded by events that have shaped our society the past few years, and anchored by terrific performances all around. That bin Laden episode played so close to my heart. Of course, all of this could just be because I’m a communications major and studied news/journalism extensively.
BEST TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) *Funmi – There is a reason The Big Bang Theory is consistently kicking ass in the ratings. Sometimes, you need to call it as it is. The writing is great, the acting is great and this show deserves the award. Point break – Period.
“Girls” (HBO) *Tom – Why? It’s biting, relentless, and realistic. It’s not afraid to push the envelope. It also feels very relevant to our times. *Mark – This is a tough one… I’d say it’s between “Girls” and “Modern Family,” but the edge will go to “Girls.” I have a very love/hate relationship with “Girls”… I maybe love 20% of it and hate the rest, but people seem to really be obsessed with this show about girls talking about nothing. The Globes tend to like newer acts.
“Modern Family” (ABC)
BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
“Game Change” (HBO) *Tom – Why? Because it was the best thing on television in 2012, damnit!!! Julianne Moore was brilliant; Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson were fantastic, too. The movie made you realize where the campaign went wrong, but more importantly, made you realize that a lot of it simply was not Sarah Palin’s fault. *Funmi – This is the only one out of this category I actually watched. *Mark – I admit… I still haven’t seen “Game Change.” I know, it’s embarrassing! But I think this will be the winner… “Hatfield and McCoys” is definitely it’s main competition, and I know that did well, but I think “Game Change” will collect another award.
“The Girl (HBO)
“Hatfields and McCoys” (History) *Funmi – Didn’t this get nominated last year? Why is it still here?
“The Hour” (BBC)
“Political Animals” (USA)
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA
Connie Britton for “Nashville” *Tom – Why? Because she’s Connie Britton! She’s impressed me from way back in the Friday Night Lights days. Girlfriend brings a sense of realism to every role she touches. She becomes those characters with every fiber of her being. And she sings!
Glenn Close for “Damages
Claire Danes for “Homeland” *Funmi – Even though I’m not a fan of the show I can still recognize spectacular acting and Claire Danes gives everything to her character Carrie Mathison, she deserves the Globe. *Mark – If Claire doesn’t win, I’ll be very confused. She is the strongest female presence on TV.
Michelle Dockery for “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife”
BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA
Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom” *Tom – Why? I’ve never seen Jeff Daniels in such a brave role before always discounted him as “the dude from the Jim Carrey movie,” but he really gives his heart and soul in this role and makes the unlikable Will McAvoy so very, very likable.
Jon Hamm for “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis for “Homeland” *Funmi – Such as Claire Danes, the same can be said for Damian Lewis. It takes a hell of acting to root for a guy who is a terrorist/killer. *Mark – I have heard that Bryan Cranston has been doing outstanding work on “Breaking Bad” so he could end up winning, but I’m going to lean towards Damian Lewis to collect another award for his very interesting character on “Homeland.” He had A LOT to do in Season 2, and his performance was electric.
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel for “New Girl”
Julia-Louis Dreyfuss for “Veep” *Funmi – Julia plays the witty, awkward and underappreciated Vice President Selina Meyer so sincerely. I love her in this role.
Lena Dunham for “Girls” *Tom – In the same way she’s not afraid to write about anything uncomfortable or awkward, she’s also not afraid to play the part, either.
Tina Fey for “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation” *Mark – All of these women are awesome and a joy to watch, but I’m REALLY hoping Amy gets it this year. She has been doing brilliant work on “Parks and Rec,” especially this year, as her character Leslie Knope has climbed the ranks in politics and found true love in her coworker Ben. Plus, how awesome would it be for a host to win something?! You know she’d give a memorable acceptance speech!
BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock” *Mark – This is a hard one… It definitely can’t be Don Cheadle… it unfortunately won’t be Matt Le Blanc even though he does very funny work on “Episodes”… Louis CK could surprise us… I refuse to watch “Big Bang Theory” because it just looks like one big eye-roll… so I’m hoping it goes to Alec Baldwin again. We’re coming to an end on “30 Rock” and he is consistently perfect in every episode.
Don Cheadle for “House of Lies”
Louis CK for “Louie”
Matt Le Blanc for “Episode”
Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” *Tom – Why? Simply because my mom adores him…and I adore my mom. I don’t watch any of the shows nominated in this category. *Funmi – Very cute Tom, but I do watch The Big Bang Theory and Jim Parson as Sheldon Cooper is genius. I don’t know if any other actor could pull off playing an asexual, snotty, scientist with a heart of gold quite like him.BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVINicole Kidman for “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Asylum” *Tom – Why? Hooker can act!!! All in one season, she’s been the villain and the hero, the victim and the abuser. You’ve hated her; you’ve felt for her. Plus…chick had no issue making a fool of herself singing a groovy version of “The Name Game.”
*Funmi – Everything Tom said. There is no other option but Jessica Lange. I mean… really.
Sienna Miller for “The Girl”
Julianne Moore for “Game Change” *Mark – I just feel like there’s no denying Julianne Moore and a hit HBO movie. She will probably pick this one up, and then “Game Change” can finally stop hogging all the awards.
Sigourney Weaver for “Political Animals”
BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Kevin Costner for “Hatfields and McCoys” *Tom – Why? Mr. Costner did feuding cowboy oh-so-good.
Benedict Cumberbatch for “Sherlock” *Mark – I haven’t watched it, but I hear the show and Mr. Cumberbatch are extraordinary. I think he’ll grab this one.
Woody Harrelson for “Game Change”
Toby Jones for “The Girl”
Clive Owen for “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hayden Panettiere for “Nashville”
Sarah Paulson for “Game Change” *Tom – Oh, this was such a tough one! I really wanted to go for Hayden Panettiere because she works her ass off on Nashville, but Sarah Paulson is an actress with a lot of depth and a lot of capability. Her nomination really should be for American Horror Story, and if it were, I’d choose her.
Archie Panjabi for “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith for “Downton Abbey” *Funmi – I wish I could vote for Archie in this category, but she was put in an awful storyline this season on The Good Wife. I’m going to have to go with Maggie Smith. *Mark – Sarah Paulson could sneak in there and win the trophy, but I think this will go to Maggie Smith. She’s just too good at everything to not win!
Sofia Vergara for “Modern Family”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Max Greenfield for “New Girl” *Funmi – I do love Max Greenfield as Schmidt. He is always funny on New Girl.
Ed Harris for “Game Change” *Tom – Why? What Moore did for Palin, Harris did for McCain. Ed made him come across as a decent, but strong-minded politician who suffered from a mediocre and lazy camp. His final words of advice to Palin (not to get involved with “Limbaugh and the rest of them”) were also very paternal and caring.
Danny Huston for “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin for “Homeland” *Mark – I’m REALLY hoping Mandy wins… his main competition is Ed Harris here, who could totally get it, but Mandy is so fascinating to watch on “Homeland.” When he’s stressed, you’re stressed. When he’s happy, you’re happy. First season he wasn’t sure if he believed Carrie, but second season, he absolutely believed, and loved, Carrie, and you feel that in every episode.
Eric Stonestreet for “Modern Family”
And these are only the TV nominations! There are of course even more nominations for all the great films that came out this year!
The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, air Sunday night 1/13 on NBC! So excited!