Saturday, December 13, 2014

TV NOMINEES: 2015 GOLDEN GLOBES & SAG AWARDS

The nominees of the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 2015 Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier this week, delivering a host of surprises, among the predictable set of TV series that were among the mix. While several new names in television entered the comedy and drama categories among the Golden Globe nominees, the SAG Award nominees stayed consistent with the previous years. Take a look at all the major TV nominees and which ones stood out the most.


THE 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEES


BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
THE AFFAIR – Showtime
DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS
GAME OF THRONES – HBO
THE GOOD WIFE – CBS
HOUSE OF CARDS – Netflix

THE GOOD WIFE being in this list is probably the best thing about the TV nominees this year, especially after it was ignored by the Television Academy at the Emmys. It was probably possible because TRUE DETECTIVE is in the ‘mini-series’ category, where it should be. Even though the CBS drama will most likely not win, it’s still good to see the show getting its due. The new entrant—THE AFFAIR—was ignored by the SAG, but if the reviews are something to go by, it could be a strong contender. What I don’t understand is why MASTERS OF SEX isn’t getting the recognition it deserves! But MAD MEN being left out from here is probably the worst snub.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Claire Danes, HOMELAND
Viola Davis, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Julianna Margulies, THE GOOD WIFE
Ruth Wilson, THE AFFAIR
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

It’s good to see the overacting Kerry Washington off this list. Viola Davis deserves to be here for HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Danes, Margulies and Wright’s positions here are no surprise. Elisabeth Moss from MAD MEN should’ve been here.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Clive Owen, THE KNICK
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS
James Spader, THE BLACKLIST
Dominic West, THE AFFAIR

With three of the big nominations, THE AFFAIR might just turn out to be the surprising victor at the Globes this time. Making the list even more adventurous are Owen’s and Spader’s nods. While Owen might deserve to be here, Spader’s pretentious performance as Raymond Reddington on THE BLACKLIST definitely shouldn’t have got any acknowledgement.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
GIRLS – HBO
JANE THE VIRGIN – The CW
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK – Netflix
SILICON VALLEY – HBO
TRANSPARENT – Amazon

Seeing a CW series in this list is a pleasant surprise. I haven’t watched JANE THE VIRGIN, but I have heard good things about it. Joining Netflix this year is Amazon, with the acclaimed TRANSPARENT. However, while I like the HFPA trying to mix things up a little and recognize newer work, the omission of the extremely brilliant and consistent MODERN FAMILY and THE BIG BANG THEORY from this list is unacceptable, especially if one spot is taken by the highly overrated GIRLS.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Lena Dunham, GIRLS
Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Gina Rodriguez, JANE THE VIRGIN
Taylor Schilling, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

This list was largely predictable, except for JANE THE VIRGIN.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Louis C.K., LOUIE
Don Cheadle, HOUSE OF LIES
Ricky Gervais, DEREK
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Jeffrey Tambor, TRANSPARENT

Gervais and Tambor mix it up in this category. However, I think the exclusion of Jim Parsons, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and Matt LeBlanc, EPISODES, is a gross oversight.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
FARGO – FX
THE MISSING – Starz
THE NORMAL HEART – HBO
OLIVE KITTERIDGE – HBO
TRUE DETECTIVE – HBO

It’s good to see TRUE DETECTIVE in a category that it fits into well. However, that will kill FARGO’s and THE NORMAL HEART’s chances at winning this one.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE HONORABLE WOMAN
Jessica Lange, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
Frances McDormand, OLIVE KITTERIDGE
Frances O’Connor, THE MISSING
Allison Tolman, FARGO 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Martin Freeman, FARGO
Woody Harrelson, TRUE DETECTIVE
Matthew McConaughey, TRUE DETECTIVE
Mark Ruffalo, THE NORMAL HEART
Billy Bob Thornton, FARGO



BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Uzo Aduba, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Kathy Bates, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
Joanne Froggatt, DOWNTON ABBEY
Allison Janney, MOM
Michelle Monaghan, TRUE DETECTIVE

I’m not surprised to see Janney or Froggatt on this list. They’ve both been amazing in their shows. The surprise entrant is Michelle Monaghan, who is good, but I wouldn’t put her performance in TRUE DETECTIVE above so many others’ performances in shows that have been just unfairly ignored (MODERN FAMILY, MAD MEN, THE GOOD WIFE, and so on)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Bomer, THE NORMAL HEART
Alan Cumming, THE GOOD WIFE
Colin Hanks, FARGO
Bill Murray, OLIVE KITTERIDGE
Jon Voight, RAY DONOVAN

I’m thrilled to see Alan Cumming here. I’ve always felt that he deserves some recognition for his work as Eli Gold. Also very deserving of his position here is Matt Bomer. The depth in his performance in THE NORMAL HEART hasn’t been acknowledged enough.


21st SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
DOWNTON ABBEY
GAME OF THRONES
HOMELAND
HOUSE OF CARDS

The members of the SAG love BOARDWALK EMPIRE, so it’s no surprise that the final season has been acknowledged here, as have all its previous seasons.MAD MEN, THE GOOD WIFE, MASTERS OF SEX should’ve been on this list.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
THE BIG BANG THEORY
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
MODERN FAMILY
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
VEEP

No surprises here. I’m glad to see GIRLS off this list!

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
Woody Harrelson, TRUE DETECTIVE
Matthew McConaughey, TRUE DETECTIVE
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS

TRUE DETECTIVE, which should be in the mini-series category, is depriving deserving people like Jon Hamm, MAD MEN, and Michael Sheen, MASTERS OF SEX, of spots on this list. As usual, the absence of supporting categories in TV at the SAGs leaves little room for good performances in the limited categories that exist. For a set of awards that are only for acting, I would think that they should be the ones getting more specific categories out there than other awards do with their acting categories.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, HOMELAND
Viola Davis, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Julianna Margulies, THE GOOD WIFE
Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK
Maggie Smith, DOWNTON ABBEY
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

Tatiana Maslany’s inclusion in this list is surely putting smiles on the faces of many ORPHAN BLACK fans. No real surprises here. Joanne Froggat should have got the ‘DOWNTON ABBEY spot’ on this list though, in my opnion.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell, MODERN FAMILY
Louis C.K., LOUIE
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Jim Parsons, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Eric Stonestreet, MODERN FAMILY

Matt LeBlanc, EPISODES, should have been up there. It’s good though to see that the SAGs aren’t shutting out MODERN FAMILY and THE BIG BANG THEORY, like the Globes are.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Aduba, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Julie Bowen, MODERN FAMILY
Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Amy Poehler, PARKS AND RECREATION

This list was rather predictable. Again, too few categories for everyone deserving to be acknowledged, but, moving on…

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Adrien Brody, HOUDINI
Mark Ruffalo, THE NORMAL HEART
Benedict Cumberbatch, SHERLOCK
Richard Jenkins, OLIVE KITTERIDGE
Billy Bob Thornton, FARGO

Matt Bomer should’ve been here for THE NORMAL HEART. That’s all.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Ellen Burstyn, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE HONORABLE WOMAN
Frances McDormand, OLIVE KITTERIDGE
Julia Roberts, THE NORMAL HEART
Cicely Tyson, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
GAME OF THRONES
HOMELAND
SONS OF ANARCHY
THE WALKING DEAD



What did you think of the nominees’ lists this time? Were you surprised by some of the new entrants? Share your views below.

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