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Just in case you missed my predictions for the Golden Globes for TV. On to the TV reactions!
Best Series – Drama
Homeland. The Golden Globes must really enjoy Homeland as it has now won two years running. Season 2 had a much more mixed reception than Season 1 did, however it apparently outdid the much improved Boardwalk Empire’s Season 3 and the delightful World War I era Season 2 of Downton Abbey. Perhaps the Globes are making a statement that they prefer shows set in modern times dealing with modern issues.
Leading Actor – Drama
Damian Lewis, Homeland. Perhaps righting the wrong that was last year where Lewis did not win for his superb performance. Personally I don’t see how Jon Hamm doesn’t win every year but I might be a little biased for Mad Men. Lewis was more deserving last year.
Leading Actress – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland. Make it a sweep for the three most important awards in the TV Drama category. Danes does an excellent job playing a legitimately insane woman, let alone one that is so entirely passionate about her job. This is definitely deserved again.
Best Series – Comedy or Musical
Girls. This isn’t a shock as Girls was probably the most positively talked about new show of 2012. Is it hard to film a show about events that are directly taken from your life? I’ll let you answer that one.
Leading Actor – Comedy or Musical
Don Cheadle, House of Lies. I can’t say I watch this show, although awards shows usually do love famous movie actors taking their craft to TV. Both Louis C.K. and Alec Baldwin basically play a version of themselves so I suppose that is not too impressive of a performance, no matter how hilarious.
Leading Actress – Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, Girls. The show’s creator, lead actress, and head writer wins the award. I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep was much more deserving. Amy Poehler finally deserves to be recognized for her great work on Parks and Recreation, having never won a Golden Globe or Emmy. Well hey, at least she’s so brave for being so willing to be naked on camera.
Best Miniseries or TV Movie
Game Change. This is the least shocking win of the night (aside from the winner for lead actress in a miniseries or movie, hint she’s in this). HBO puts out superb TV Movies and Game Change was no exception.
Leading Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys. As stated previously when a big name movie actor decides to “grace” TV with his presence he usually gets rewarded. Benedict Cumberbatch was amazing as Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock and it is disappointing to see him not get the award.
Leading Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change. She did an amazing imitation of Sarah Palin and is the most deserving for this award.
Supporting Actor – Drama, Comedy/Musical, or Miniseries/TV Movie
Ed Harris, Game Change. His performance was not near Moore’s for Palin and in fact he wasn’t on screen all that much. Stonestreet or Greenfield may have been more deserving simply because they are on weekly serialized shows.
Supporting Actress – Drama, Comedy/Musical, or Miniseries/TV Movie
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey. While I think Sarah Paulson did a fantastic job in Game Change, I can’t hate on the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey winning (although I’m sure she would have a very witty retort).
There weren’t too many surprises this year for the TV portion of the Golden Globes. Despite some of the discrepancies with the Primetime Emmys, for the most part everyone was deserving this year. The movie awards, however, are an entirely different matter.