Sure, everyone talks about the Golden Globe nominations as Oscar predictors, but they're also a great barometer for the fall TV season, giving us an early look at which shows critics think deserve recognition — and which are tanking. This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave props to a few new shows and a few old favorites but skipped over a few that I thought were sure bets. Here is BuzzSugar's breakdown of the Golden Globe nominations for TV. (To see my movie breakdown, click here.)
AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL
I'm loving the nomination of America Ferrera from "Ugly Betty". She's been charming so far as the aggressively unstylish magazine assistant, and she might actually have a chance of winning here, if Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman split the "Desperate Housewives" ballots and voters don't want to let Mary-Louise Parker repeat for "Weeds."
A year after taking home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress on TV, Sandra Oh got snubbed. Maybe there was only room for one "Grey's Anatomy" lady, and Katherine Heigl does deserve some recognition for her work as line-crossing, Denny Duquette-loving Izzie. But if the Globes could reward two "Housewives" in the Best Actress category, why not two for "Grey's"?
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THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Kiefer Sutherland got his zillionth (OK, his fifth) best actor nomination for "24," and perennial comedy favorite Tony Shalhoub from "Monk" is back for a fourth time after being passed over last year. Neither has won for several years, though.
SEEING DOUBLE, AGAIN
Everyone's talking about Leo vs. Leo and Clint vs. Clint, but what about Helen vs. Helen? In addition to her film nomination for "The Queen," British dame Helen Mirren also got two nods in the Best Actress, Miniseries, or Movie category: One for the HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I," which garnered her an Emmy earlier this year, and one for the final installment of the PBS miniseries "Prime Suspect." That means Mirren herself nabbed more nominations than the casts of most entire TV shows, which is pretty darn impressive. But I'm most excited because now we have triple the chance of seeing her give yet another charming and weirdly controversial acceptance speech.
The Globes tend to reward new shows, so it's no surprise to see a few newbies snag high-profile mentions. First-season standouts "Heroes" and "Big Love" could be surprise winners in the Best Drama Series category, and "Ugly Betty" could pull an upset in the comedy competition. But a Golden Globe isn't always the good-luck charm a first-year series needs: "Commander in Chief" tanked and was ultimately canceled despite its nomination and star Geena Davis's win last year.
Michael C. Hall missed out on most of the big awards when he was on "Six Feet Under," but his starring role as a vigilante serial killer on "Dexter" could snag him a win this time. Just looking at Alec Baldwin makes me laugh, so I wouldn't be surprised if the "30 Rock" star upset Tony Shalhoub and Steve Carrell in the Best Actor, Musical or Comedy category.