Saturday, January 14, 2012

The 69th Golden Globes - Television

We at CineCritical watch a lot of movies, but we also watch a lot of television. The difference between picking film and television winners is that there are certain television shows (and miniseries!) that we have never watched - or will not watch!

With slightly less confidence, here are my picks.

Best Television Series - Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

I have never seen two of these series (American Horror Story and Boss) and I stopped watched one after five episodes (Boardwalk Empire). The other two are my two favourite dramas of 2011. Game of Thrones is my favourite new show, but I am going to opt for Homeland, which finished its fantastic freshman season in December.

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Modern Family
New Girl

Episodes is the only series I have never had any interest in watching. I believe Modern Family to be the best amongst the bunch, and I see no signs of its awards haul slowing down.

Best Miniseries or Television Film
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

I do not think I can envision Mildred Pierce beating Downton Abbey as much as I love Todd Haynes' work.

Best Actor - Drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammar - Boss
Jeremy Irons - The Borgias
Damian Lewis - Homeland

Breaking Bad may not have reaped a deserved Best Drama nomination, but Bryan Cranston will win for the best season of the series.

Best Actress - Drama
Claire Danes - Homeland
Mireille Enos - The Killing
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Madeline Stowe - Revenge
Callie Thorne - Necessary Roughness

Callie Thorne and Madeline Stowe should feel lucky enough to have a nomination, and Mireille Enos will get backlash from the poor reception of the season finale. It is down to Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies, with Claire Danes winning for Homeland.

Best Actor - Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
David Duchovny - Californicaiton
Johnny Galecki - The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane - Hung
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes

A weak category, in my opinion. Alec Baldwin may have won before his bad press, so I am going with David Duchovny on Californication.

Best Actress - Comedy
Laura Dern - Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Big C
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

I would love to see Amy Poehler win, but I believe Laura Dern will deservedly win a Golden Globe for her role on Enlightened, an HBO comedy with slim ratings.

Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey
Idris Elba - Luther
William Hurt - Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighty - Page Eight
Dominic West - The Hour

I have only seen one of these performances. The whole category is a crapshoot. So Bill Nighy it is for Page Eight.

Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Ramola Garai - The Hour
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce

This category was won when HBO announced Kate Winslet would be starring in Mildred Pierce.

Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins - Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family

This is a toss up between Peter Dinklage and Eric Stonestreet, but I am foreseeing a Modern Family victory.

Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald - Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood - Mildred Pierce

I will go out on a limb and pick the terrific Maggie Smith in Downtown Abbey - has anyone seen it? Is it worth it?

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