December 15, 2011

STATUETTE STAKES: Game of Golden Globes


Our thoughts on the movie Golden Globe nominations are here
Meanwhile, in television:
BREAKING BAD:  LOSERReally, one should say Golden Globes Credibility:  Loser, because when you fail to even nominate the best season of one of the best shows of the decade, that’s what you lose.  And if not nominating the series itself is a shame, passing over Giancarlo Esposito for his truly spectacular performance as Gus Fring is a crime.

NEW DRAMAS:  WINNERS – Of the 5 nominees for Best Drama, only one (Boardwalk Empire) is even in its second season.  All the others (Homeland, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Boss) are newcomers.  And also Winners:  Pay-Cable Networks, which are responsible for 4 of the 5.
ENLIGHTENED and GLEEWINNERS – For managing to garner Best Comedy nominations despite being only barely tolerable most of the time.
CALLIE THORNE:  WINNER – For the WTF nomination of the entire day, a truly bizarre nod to this very talented actress for Drama Actress in the negligible Necessary Roughness.  Among the actresses who didn’t get nominated in this slot:  Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights (or for that matter, American Horror Story), Glenn Close for Damages, any of the women in Parenthood, and Anna Torv in Fringe.
MANDY PATINKIN:  LOSER – Homeland won richly deserved nominations for Drama and for its remarkable performances by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.  But Patinkin, who’s been turning in the most restrained, emotionally detailed work of his entire career, was overlooked.

The Globes are handed out January 15 on NBC.  Let’s hope Ricky Gervais is good and drunk when he takes the stage…

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."