TV News – Golden Globe 2012 Nominations

Yesterday, the SAG Awards nominees were announced. Today is the drunk Uncle of the award shows, The Golden Globes. The 69th Annual Golden Globes is set to air on January 15 and will be hosted by the outrageously amusing Ricky Gervais. (Even If you hate award shows, it’s worth tuning in just for him!)

Below, you’ll find a list of some of the nominations, mostly just the television categories, but you can find a full list here. Jump ahead and check out who got snubbed, surprise nominations, and our choices for who should win.

BEST PICTURE – DRAMA

War Horse
The Ides of March
The Help
Moneyball
Hugo
The Descendants

Megan’s Choice: I’m going to have to go with The Ides of March. Ryan Gosling was amazing in it.

Kyle’s Choice: I haven’t seen any of the nominees. Since I am one of those few people that actually love 3-D movies, I’m kind of leaning toward Hugo. However, Moneyball is the one I’m most eager to see based on the trailers.

Jenny’s Choice: Like Kyle, I haven’t seen any of them. If I go by what I’m most interested in seeing, the trailers have me hooked on The Descendants, but Hugo would be my second pick.
 

BEST PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL

The Artist
50/50
Bridesmaids
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris

Megan’s Choice: I’m going to have to stick with Bridesmaids. I was in hysterics from beginning to end, and I loved the cast.

Kyle’s Choice: It’s a tough decision between the only two of these nominees that I have actually seen (50/50 and Bridesmaids). However, the edge goes to 50/50, as it was able to take a serious subject and make it funny and heart-warming. I loved Anna Kendrick’s performance in this film.

Jenny’s Choice: Like Megan, I adored Bridesmaids and think it deserves every award it can get.
 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Rango
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2

Megan’s Choice: This is a tough category for me, because I love cartoons. I haven’t seen The Adventures of Tintin, but it makes me feel nostalgic. However, for my choice, I’ll have to go with Puss in Boots. It was really amusing and kept the attention of kids of all ages. 🙂

Kyle’s Choice: Out of the nominees, I have only seen Cars 2, and that certainly isn’t my favorite. 🙂 I love that almost all of these were released in 3D! I can’t believe how everyone I talk to seems to have never even heard of Tintin before this film was announced. I think it’s great that more Americans are getting introduced to these stories in what looks like a fantastic film.

Jenny’s Choice: Not a clue. I haven’t seen any of them. lol
 

BEST TV SERIES – DRAMA

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Megan’s Choice: I’m torn between the brilliance that is Game of Thrones and the deliciously dramatic Homeland. Ultimately, I’m going to have to go with Homeland, because Claire Danes is fabulous in it. See Kyle’s choice for talk of a definite snub.

Kyle’s Choice: I’m picking Breaking Bad…oh wait…what? That was left off the list?! Out of these nominees, I’m going with Game of Thrones. This show had a big budget, and it showed. Game of Thrones looked fantastic, and it was great how faithful they were to the source material—even if that meant killing off a major star.

Jenny’s Choice: Is it sad that I don’t watch any of them?? There are a lot of things I think should have made the list, but not many people would agree with me. From everything I’ve heard, though, I’m going with Kyle’s pick of Game of Thrones.
 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

New Girl
Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family (Check out the fun looking board game for the show! Modern Family Board Game.)

Megan’s Choice: Decisions, decisions. I would have loved to have seen The Big Bang Theory or Happy Endings, but alas, someone had an attack of stupid. I’m sure you all assume I’m going to go with Glee because I love it. However, I can’t in good conscience award them a big award like this for their work in 2011, because that includes the rocky season 2. Instead, I’m going to go with New Girl – yes, I’m aware it’s a freshman comedy and some of the others are amazing. That said, New Girl is more consistently funny for me personally.

Kyle’s Choice: So disappointed in these nominees. Would have loved to see shows like Happy Endings, The Middle, Raising Hope and Parks & Recreation nominated. Out of these choices, I’ll go with Episodes. This show did a great job poking fun of the TV industry and how adapted shows can end up hardly resembling the original source. It was a fun US series that was able to capture a British show feeling.

Jenny’s Choice: Like the others, I’m sorely disappointed in this category… The Big Bang Theory & Raising Hope should definitely have been on there above Glee and Enlightened or Episodes. Anyway, out of those picks, I definitely have to go with Modern Family. I like New Girl, but I’m caught up on Modern Family, and with the other, I have to be in the mood for it (so I’m 2 or 3 episodes behind. lol).
 

BEST ACTOR – DRAMA

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer – Boss
Jeremy Irons – The Borgias
Damian Lewis – Homeland

Megan’s Choice: What a choice to be had. If you’ve never seen Homeland, you are missing out on some brilliance. However, I really love Jeremy Irons in The Borgias, so my vote is his.

Kyle’s Choice: This is an easy one for me—definitely Bryan Cranston for his excellent work on Breaking Bad. This was an amazing season, and he certainly deserves it.

Jenny’s Choice: I haven’t seen any of them. lol But I loved Damian Lewis in Life, and my husband has seen season 1 of Breaking Bad, so either of them would be ok.
 

BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA

Claire Danes – Homeland
Mireille Enos – The Killing
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe – Revenge
Callie Thorne – Necessary Roughness

Megan’s Choice: A nod for the USA Network in the Golden Globes. Nicely done. Not my choice, but congrats, nonetheless. While I love Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, my vote is a hundred percent behind Claire Danes for Homeland.

Kyle’s Choice: Once again, not thrilled with these choices. If I could have picked, probably would have gone with Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy. But out of these folks, I’ll go with Julianna Margulies for her great work on The Good Wife.

Jenny’s Choice: Again, I don’t watch any of them, but I’ve heard fantastic things about both Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies, so either would work.
 

BEST ACTOR – COMEDY

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
David Duchovny – Californication
Johnny Galecki – The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane – Hung
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

Megan’s Choice: I think that Jim Parsons should have been nominated, and that is a definite snub in my books. However, my vote is going to Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory. He’s great as Leonard. I do have a special mention for David Duchovny on finding a role where he can play himself on television.

Kyle’s Choice: I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I wouldn’t have picked any of these guys—would have loved to see Jim Parsons, Neil Patrick Harris, or some folks from Raising Hope or Happy Endings here. I’m gonna go with Matt LeBlanc, because it was great to see him back on TV in Episodes.

Jenny’s Choice: Total snub for the guys Kyle & Megan mentioned. Out of those? The only one I watch is The Big Bang Theory, and I love Johnny Galecki as Leonard, so he’s definitely got my vote.
 

BEST ACTRESS – COMEDY

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

Megan’s Choice: I am not impressed with Melissa McCarthy not being nominated for Mike & Molly. Out of these nominees, my easy choice goes to Zooey Deschanel for New Girl. Again, I’m aware it’s a freshman comedy, but she is hilarious.

Kyle’s Choice: Another huge disappointment—wish they would stop nominating the actresses from the 30 minute dramas in the comedy category. However, I’m really glad to see Amy Poehler in the list. She is hilarious on Parks & Recreation, and I really hope she wins. The show was on fire last year and remains so this season.

Jenny’s Choice: The only one I watch on there is New Girl, and Zooey Deschanel is too cute for words as the quirky Jess.
 

BEST TV – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES

Mildred Pierce
Too Big Too Fail
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour

Megan’s Choice: Out of the nominees, I have personally only seen Mildred Pierce, but I have heard amazing things about Downton Abbey. My vote goes to Downton Abbey.

Kyle’s Choice: Out of these nominees, I have only seen The Hour. However, I’m going to go with Downton Abbey, purely based on the positive-only feedback I’ve heard about the series. I hope to get caught up on this series during the Christmas break—(though I have a lot of shows on that list! 🙂 )

Jenny’s Choice: Not a clue, so…no choice. lol
 

BEST ACTOR – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES

William Hurt – Too Big Too Fail
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Idris Elba – Luther
Bill Nighy – Page Eight
Dominic West – Appropriate Adult

Megan’s Choice: Out of the nominees, I’m going to go with Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey, which again, I’ve heard amazing things about. Like Kyle, I do plan on catching up before the awards show – I hope. 🙂

Kyle’s Choice: Again, out of these performances, I’ve only seen The Hour. I’ve heard great things about Luther and Idris Elba, however, I’m going to pick Bill Nighy for Page Eight. He is always amazing in whatever I see him in.

Jenny’s Choice: See my previous one. *shrug*
 

SUPPORTING ACTOR – TV

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti – To Big To Fail
Guy Pearce – Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins – Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

Megan’s Choice: I HATE that they are grouping so many different genres together. It’s ridiculous. Out of the choices, I’m going to have to go with Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, but I wish Eric Stonestreet great luck, as well.

Kyle’s Choice: I haven’t seen most of these performances. If I could have put anyone here, I would have loved to see Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad–he was wonderful this past season. And why does Eric Stonestreet always get the nom over the funnier Ty Burrell?! Is it just because he’s a straight guy playing a gay character?! I’m going with Peter Dinklage by default, even though I don’t think his performance was all that amazing in Game of Thrones.

Jenny’s Choice: No question, hands down, it’s Eric Stonestreet. I agree with Kyle that Ty Burrell is funny, but I personally love Eric as Cam. lol I also think this category is kind of crazy…
 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – TV

Jessica Lange – American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald – Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce

Megan’s Choice: Again, I must point out the stupidity of the grouping of these nominees – pure insanity. *rant over* My vote is going to Jessica Lange for American Horror Story. She’s been brilliantly creepy.

Kyle’s Choice: I’d like to start off by saying that I really don’t like the way the Golden Globes clumps the supporting performances for all three categories (comedy, drama, tv movie/mini-series) into one award. It really isn’t fair to the one person from a sitcom that gets nominated each year, and it’s also tough for the TV series to compete with the big budget movies and mini-series. That said, as much as I’d love to pick Maggie Smith (purely based on her roles in Harry Potter and Sister Act), I’m going to go with Jessica Lange for her role in American Horror Story. She does creepy so well and is really the star of that show. However, if we could have had separate drama TV series category, would have loved to see Margo Martindale from Justified, Maggie Siff from Sons of Anarchy, and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who in the nominations.

Jenny’s Choice: Uh huh. Sofia Vergara is my pick. She is hysterical as Gloria. lol
 
 
There you have our choices for those categories. Again, for a complete list of the nominees, head over here. Thanks for reading, and be sure to comment below with your picks!

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