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Golden Globe nominations are out: Are you paying attention, Emmys?

December 14, 2010 |  8:23 am

The Golden Globe nominations are out Tuesday morning, and that celebrating that you hear -- that would  be the folks at Showtime who scored a number of recordbreaking nominations and landed the most nominations for episodic, original series of any network. Yes, that's including broadcast TV.

Showtime's offbeat comedies "The Big C" and "Nurse Jackie" and its fifth-year drama, "Dexter," were all recognized, as were actresses Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") and Julia Stiles ("Dexter") and actor Michael C. Hall ("Dexter").

The nominations, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., are known for recognizing work and talent that the Emmys often overlook. To that end, a few little messages were delivered:

In the age of "Glee" and "Modern Family," both nominated again for outstanding comedies ("Glee" won last year), there is a CBS comedy of note: "The Big Bang Theory." Actor Jim Parsons, who won an Emmy for his turn as the lovable if weird Sheldon, also was nominated.  It is the first Golden Globe nomination for a Chuck Lorre-produced show.

There are all kinds of interesting, complex, flawed men and women on TV these days, and they usually do get recognized. But the Globes finally got hip to Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," after he'd won three consecutive Emmys for his lead role on that AMC drama. (No recognition for his show, though? Really?) He's competing against Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), and Hall ("Dexter"), who won last year.

And then the Globes noticed the critically praised Scott Caan of "Hawaii Five-0" for supporting actor. Nice.

Piper Perabo of "Covert Affairs" landed an unexpected spot in the category for actresses in a drama alongside Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), who won last year; Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"); Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy"), one of the Emmys most notable snubs last year.

In the comedy category, Linney unseated Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town"), who was nominated last year but was ignored this year. The rest of that category remained intact, with nods to Falco, Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Lea Michele ("Glee") and Collette, who won last year. Parsons took David Duchovny's ("Californication") spot from last year. The rest of that catgory also remained intact:  Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), Steve Carell ("The Office") and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock").

The female supporting category, which is a mix of drama, comedy and miniseries, included nominations for Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Hope Davis ("The Special Relationship"), Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and Stiles. Chlo Sevigny of "Big Love" won last year.

The men recognized for supporting roles were: Chris Colfer ("Glee"), Chris Noth ("The Good Wife"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") and David Strathairn ("Temple Grandin"). It seems weird that HFPA watches "The Good Wife" and seems to like it but doesn't recognize Alan Cumming, doesn't it? John Lithgow won this category last year for his superb turn on "Dexter."

And that leaves us with one final thought: Only Vergara and Stonestreet, who won an Emmy last year, were recognized for "Modern Family," a true ensemble comedy. All of the actors on that show easily could have taken over the entire comedy category, and most people would be OK with that. Maybe next year there should be a special "Modern Family" category?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez