Golden Globes Turn on Cable
'Atonement,' 'Charlie Wilson' lead film nominees; HBO, Showtime top TV
Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men'
Cable series dominate the major television categories, with seven of the 11 nominated comedy and drama series hailing from non-broadcast networks. The series nominees include usual suspects like HBO's "Entourage," which is up for best comedy series, along with unexpected contenders like AMC's drama "Mad Men" and Showtime's comedy "Californication."
In the motion picture race, "Atonement" leads with seven nominations, including best picture (drama), director (Joe Wright) and for stars James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. Saorise Ronan also picked up a nod for best supporting actress. "Charlie Wilson's War," which is entered in the comedy categories, picked up five nods, while "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men" and "Sweeney Todd" each have four.
Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman each earned a pair of nominations, she for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and and her buzzed-about turn as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and he for "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War."
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, bypassed such mainstream TV fare as "Lost" and "Heroes" in favor of lesser-watched but often better-reviewed cable fare like "Mad Men," AMC's series about a New York ad agency circa 1960, and FX's legal thriller "Damages," which has four nominations -- best drama series, lead actress (Glenn Close), supporting actor (Ted Danson) and supporting actress (Rose Byrne).
ABC's critical favorite "Pushing Daisies" was a bright spot for the broadcast business, picking up nominations for best comedy series and for stars Lee Pace and Anna Friel.
The Globes being what they are, the nominations offered up more than a couple of surprises. "Eastern Promises," which hasn't been on the radar for many critical honors, has three nominations, including best picture (drama). Two of the year's biggest and best-reviewed comedies, "Knocked Up" and "Superbad," were shut out, and aside from a lone nomination for Edie Falco, "The Sopranos" is out of sight, out of mind.
The 65th annual Golden Globes are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC. Here are the nominees:
Best Picture, Drama
"The Great Debaters"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
"Across the Universe"
"Charlie Wilson's War"