A week from today, we’ll all be buzzing about the previous night’s Golden Globe Award winners… who had the best speech, the best dress, and more importantly, who was the most deserving. While I don’t personally know any of the 80 plus voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, I’m still hearing rumors about which television stars and which shows are virtual shoe-ins for a win. And though the HFPA is generally known to honor more cutting edge and hip recipients than the Emmy voters, many people are saying Mad Men and 30 Rock will take home the top TV prizes, just as they did at the Emmys a few months back.
As an adoring fan of both Mad Men and 30 Rock, I would never argue that these two series don’t deserve Globe statues, but taking a closer look at all the very qualified candidates, I’m actually hoping it’s not a clean sweep.
For example, while the buzz is that 30 Rock and its lead actors Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin will be victorious, I wouldn’t mind seeing David Duchovny win the best actor in a comedy category for a second year in a row. Completely carrying Californication as the oversexed, emotionally messed-up Hank Moody, Duchovny plays the part pitch perfectly, mixing his comedy with drama and switching gears from one to the other seamlessly.
And while word is that Mad Men and its shining star Jon Hamm have the lead in the drama category, I feel compelled to plead a case for the cast of In Treatment. Though few people watched the HBO series last year, those who did were captivated by the performances of Globe nominees Gabriel Byrne, Blair Underwood and Dianne Wiest.
Byrne — playing a psychotherapist treating a different patient each day of the week (including Underwood’s Alex), who is then shrunk every Friday by his own analyst (Wiest) — was phenomenal, portraying a man at mid-life trying desperately to help his clients work through their angst and conflict, all the while struggling with his own personal strife.
Wiest — completely embodying the role of the therapist’s therapist — should win the Globe if only for her performance in one particular scene where her character is pushed to break professional boundaries during a session, defending her own life choices and describing her heart breaking love for her deceased husband.
And Underwood — playing a navy fighter pilot reeling from a recent heart attack and traumatized by a military mission in which he was responsible for killing several civilians — revealed great range, depicting a man who was outwardly strong, arrogant and controlling, yet inwardly resentful, weak-minded and painfully vulnerable. Suffering deep emotional wounds, most of which sprang from a tumultuous relationship with his father (Glynn Turman), the weekly examination and slow dissection of the character’s psyche was really fascinating.
Just after nominations were announced last month, I spoke with Underwood who said he really wasn’t expecting In Treatment to garner all this awards acclaim, given that it took on such an unorthodox, experimental type of format. But with five nods in the major categories (co-star Melissa George is also up for best supporting actress) and Weist and Turman winning Emmys in September, In Treatment is clearly deserving of at least a couple Globe wins.
Of course, these are simply my opinions and I can see strong arguments also being made for Showtime’s addictive drama series Dexter and it’s very talented star Michael C. Hall, who expertly manages to make a serial killer sympathetic.
So what do you think? Will Mad Men and 30 Rock deservingly walk away with most of the wins this Sunday? Or will a few brilliant contenders with a bit less buzz get lucky? And regardless of what will go down, what and whom do you wish to see walking away victorious? A full list of the TV nominees is below to ease your decision-making process…
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Sally Field — Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay — Law & Order
January Jones — Mad Men
Anna Paquin — True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick — The Closer
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Gabriel Byrne — In Treatment
Michael C. Hall — Dexter
Jon Hamm — Mad Men
Hugh Laurie — House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers — The Tudors
Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Christina Applegate — Samantha Who
America Ferrera — Ugly Betty
Tina Fey — 30 Rock
Debra Messing — The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker — Weeds
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Alec Baldwin — 30 Rock
Steve Carell — The Office
Kevin Connolly — Entourage
David Duchovny — Californication
Tony Shalhoub — Monk
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Eileen Atkins — Cranford
Laura Dern — Recount
Melissa George — In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths — Brothers & Sisters
Dianne Wiest — In Treatment
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Neil Patrick Harris — How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary — Recount
Jeremy Piven — Entourage
Blair Underwood — In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson — John Adams