Golden Globe TV nominations: the Did They Actually Say This? Awards
Welcome to our first Golden Globes edition of our Did They Actually Say This? Awards. We created this awards category in July when the Emmy nominations were announced and we were inundated with statements from nominees who just couldn't find the time to speak to us. Now we're facing the same problem when it comes to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's top prizes.
As a reminder, to qualify for these trophies, in lieu of phone interviews, Golden Globes nominees offer up nifty statements most likely written by their representatives. Reviewing the 10 statements we received, we see a pattern.
Four nominees were "thrilled." Two were "honored," though Hugh Laurie technically was "honoured." And three were both thrilled and honored.
Only one nominee dared to be different, and that was Alec Baldwin, who has three consecutive Golden Globes under his belt for his role on "30 Rock." What did he have to say for himself or, rather, what was cleverly said for him? (We'll never know, will we?)
"'30 Rock' is back, bigger and better than ever! We are very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press," said the actor, nominated for best performance by an actor in a TV series-comedy.
For his blatant self-promotional uniqueness, we give him The Most Original Award.
Moving on, we'll offer kudos to Hugh Laurie, whose thrills and honour seemed to have a sarcastic bent. Laurie gets The Most Delightful Snark Award.
"I am thrilled and honoured. I am now going to turn the house upside down looking for that other cufflink," said the actor who has won two Golden Globes and been nominated two other times for his role on "House."
The Kissing Up Award goes to Katey Sagal, who didn't hesitate before calling her husband, Kurt Sutter, a "genius."
"I couldn't be more thrilled with the news this morning, which is not only a testament to the impact my character 'Gemma Teller' has had on audiences, but more importantly how "Sons of Anarchy" has made a mark. Without my fellow cast mates, especially Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff, FX Network and the genius of our creator and writer Kurt Sutter, I wouldn't be getting such an exciting 5am wake-up call. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association," said the "Sons of Anarchy" actress, who truly deserves her recognition.
The Paying It Forward Award goes to Darlene Hunt, executive producer of "The Big C," who gave us a little more by sharing what she might do to celebrate. The Showtime series was nominated for best comedy.
"The Golden Globe nominations are such a thrill and such well-deserved recognition of Laura and the entire team of people who helped make the first season of this dream of mine a success. I've been trying to live more like Cathy who is learning that celebrating every single moment is what life is about and this is certainly a great reason to celebrate. Maybe I'll go ride a ferris wheel today, or drive through Krispy Kreme," she said.
And finally, the race for The Painfully Boring Award has six candidates (We can't help but notice there are a few very good-looking people in this category):
"I feel extremely honored to be nominated amongst such a talented group of women and I'm absolutely thrilled for our show, 'The Big C' and would like to congratulate all of the cast and crew on their nomination."
Laura Linney of "The Big C," nominated for best performance by an actress in a TV series, comedy or musical
My friends and I at Nurse Jackie are thrilled to be recognized for the work we love to do.
Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie," nominated for best performance by an actress in a TV series, comedy or musical
"Getting a Golden Globe nomination is an honor and a thrill. It's the best company and the best party of the year!"
Sara Colleton, executive producer of "Dexter," nominated for best TV series, drama
"I'm so honored to be nominated for a Golden Globe. Working on 'Modern Family' is truly the best job and to be recognized for my work is such a gift."
Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family," nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series, or motion picture made for TV
"I'm so proud and thankful to have been nominated by the HFPA for Luther, a show that is very close to my heart. It was a big deal for me to return to London to work on this mini-series and it's thrilling and humbling to see that it has been recognised in such a way. I'm back in London again, working on Luther 2 and will share this good news with everyone here.
Idris Elba, nominated for best performance by an actor in a mini-series of motion picture made for TV
I'm so very grateful to the HFPA for this nomination. Its an amazing feeling and honor to be put in this light especially for doing something that I love. It's really been an incredible year of opportunity for me. Ive been so lucky this year to work on projects that I dig with amazing people, the cast and crew of Hawaii 5-0, and to feel the support from CBS.
Scott Caan of "Hawaii Five-0," who was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for TV
And the winner is Laura Linney. Though it was a tough call, Edie Falco made hers a bit more personal, Sara Colleton mentioned a party, Sofia Vergara called her job a gift, Idris Elba was humbled, and Scott Caan used the word "dig."
That closes our very special awards. If you want to avoid being nominated or worse, winning pick up the phone next year. These statements are as lame as our awards!
Maria Elena Fernandez
Photo: Alec Baldwin at the Emmy Awards. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times.