Golden Globe nominees announcement: television

wallpaper-golden-globe-awards-logoThis week, the 2014-15 awards season officially began with the announcement of the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards. The following is a list of nominees for the television categories only.

Best TV Series, Drama-

This category is perhaps the most respected television award in the world. This year’s nominees, don’t have quite the star power as recent years have. It’s a safe bet that with a powerful second season, this could be House of Cards category this year.

Downton Abbey The Affair Game of Thrones House of Cards The Good Wife

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Can’t go wrong with Claire Danes here. She has been a powerhouse on Homeland since the series’ inception.

Viola Davis

(How to Get Away With Murder)

Claire Danes


Julianna Marguiles

(The Good Wife)

Robin Wright

(House of Cards)

Ruth Wilson

(The Affair)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Since Bryan Cranston has finally left this award’s spotlight this year, I think a safe bet would be to go with the other “Man who knocks” Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey

(House of Cards)

Clive Owen

(The Knick)

James Spader

(The Blacklist)

Dominic West

(The Affair)

Liev Schrieber

(Ray Donovan)

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

If I were to go with a personal choice, I would pick Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley.” It’s some of his funniest work yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if either “Orange” or “Girls” picked this one up. It’s a tossup.

Orange is the New Black Girls Jane The Virgin Transparent Silicon Valley

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Much like the Best Musical/Comedy award itself. This one is in the air. Schilling, Dunham, and Dreyfus all lay claim to this award. I would go with the safe choice and say Dreyfus here, because I guess I’m afraid to cling to the ledge here.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Edie Falco

(Nurse Jackie)

Gina Rodriguez

(Jane The Virgin)

Lena Dunham


Taylor Schilling

(Orange is the New Black)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Louis C.K. is the total package here. Incredibly funny, quietly poignant, and the single handed work horse for his show. He’s the perfect choice.

Don Cheadle

(House of Lies)

William H. Macy
Ricky Gervais


Jeffrey Tambor


Louis C.K.


Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

True Detective. Bar none. Fargo is a wonderful show, but True Detective is an incredibly special show.

Olive Kitteridge Fargo The Missing True Detective The Normal Heart

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

For nostalgia’s sake, I’d like to say Jessica Lange, but I’d go with Allison Tolman, who turned a lot of heads on “Fargo.”

Jessica Lange

(American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Maggie Gyllenhal

(The Honorable Woman)

Frances McDormand

(Olive Kitteridge)

Allison Tolman


Frances O’ Connor

(The Missing)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

I have said to everyone I’ve talked to that McConaughey’s performance on “True Detective” is the best performance by an actor I have ever seen. I stand by that here.

Martin Freeman


Matthew McConaughey

(True Detective)

Woody Harrelson

(True Detective)

Billy Bob Thornton


Mark Ruffalo

(The Normal Heart)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Aduba’s performance is touching and perhaps the most heartfelt of the five nominees. However, Monaghan’s character on “True Detective” perfectly supports McConaughey and Harrelson’s performances, so going by that definition I have to go with Monaghan with this one.

Kathy Bates

(American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Uzo Aduba

(Orange is the New Black)

Joanne Froggatt

(Downton Abbey)

Michelle Monaghan

(True Detective)

Allison Janney


Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Alan Cumming’s performance is something totally out of his usual element and he does a heck of a job with it. If that’s not what’s worthy of an acting award, I guess I don’t know what is.

Bill Murray

(Olive Kitteridge)

Jon Voight

(Ray Donovan)

Matt Bomer

(The Normal Heart)

Alan Cumming

(The Good Wife)

Colin Hanks


The Golden Globes, hosted for a third consecutive year by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be televised on NBC on January 11, 2015.

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