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65 th Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announced

NBC to Air Event Jan. 13, But Will Writers, Actors Participate? 12/13/2007 02:11:00 AM Eastern

Nominations for the 65th Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning, with a strong showing for cable programming in the television categories.

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Although broadcast networks NBC, FOX and ABC all picked up nods, the top categories for best series and acting--particularly for drama--were dominated by shows from HBO, Showtime, FX, TNT and AMC.

Newcomers Damages(FX), Mad Men (AMC) and The Tudors (Showtime) were nominated for best drama series alongside House (Fox) and Big Love (HBO). In the comedy-series category, HBO's Entourage andExtras were recognized alongside Showtime rookie Californication.

The biggest story of the Globes is whether the show, scheduled to air on NBC Jan. 13, will be even be telecast and if so, just how many actors will attend, given the ongoing writers' strike.

But network executives were celebrating their nods regardless Thursday.

While HBO, per usual, was the most-nominated network, this year it faced increasing competition from AMC, Showtime and FX in the big categories. FX’s Damages, for example, earned the most series nods, including acting nominations for Glenn Close, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne. HBO TV movie Longford tied Damages in number of nods, with four each.

Showtime’s nominations cap a year of steady growth for the pay cable network, which has seen its original series perform as some of HBO’s have struggled.

Showtime was celebrating as the network led the actor/actress series categories, with only six of its eligible series nominated. Its Tudors was the network's first-ever show to be nominated in the best TV drama category. That show's Jonathan Rhys Myers and Dexter's Michael C. Hall both picked up lead-actor, drama nods, the first time two actors from Showtime shows had been nominated in the same category. and David Duchovny and Mary-Louise Parker both picked up lead-acting comedy nods, the first time two Showtime actors had gotten nods in that category and Showtime's first ever in the male lead category.

“I’m really feeling really pleased and happy for all of the great people we’re fortunate enough to work with,” Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank said. “This is an incredible endorsement to all of them.”

Whether any of the actors will be able to attend the actual Globes ceremony remains to be seen. But the nominations help to attract talent going forward nonetheless, Blank said.

“We’ve really turned this place around and are finding more and more that the very best people in the business want to work with us,” he added. “When you can put this group of actors on the shows you put on and have those actors get nominations, it really makes a statement about where Showtime has come in the past couple of years and the type of talent we attract.”

AMC was also riding high as its critically acclaimed Mad Men, the network's first scripted series in years, picked up a best-drama nod and the show's Jon Hamm earned one for lead actor, drama.

The summer show’s audience wasn’t huge, but it has since picked up a huge amount of critical acclaim, and AMC executives are betting that it will grow its audiences and make the network more of a known entity to TV viewers for season two.

AMC general managerand executive vice president Charlie Collier said the nominations served as a validation of the network’s goal to develop high-quality originals (it shoots on film) to match its film library.

"It confirms that we chose the right strategy and we’re playing on a bigger field now,” he added. “This is not cookie-cutter mass television, so our metrics for success start first and foremost with the quality and the brand. Hopefully it absolutely brings more viewers, and it will, but today is really about being proud of what we’ve accomplished and being able to look each other in the eye and say the investments of time and money we made and the bets we took were worth it."

The broadcast networks were better represented in the acting categories, with 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, The Office's Steve Carell and Ugly Betty's America Ferrara all picking up their second nominations. 30 Rock's Tina Fey was also nominated for best actress in a comedy, and actors from two new ABC comedies were recognized: Christina Applegate for Samantha Who and Lee Pace and Anna Friel for Pushing Daisies.

FX's Damages picked up the most nominations of any series with four -- best TV drama, best actress for Glenn Close and supporting nods for Ted Danson and Rose Byrne. The network's The Riches also got a nomination for lead actress for Minnie Driver.

“Everyone at FX would like to express our warmest congratulations to Todd Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Ted Danson, Rose Byrne and all of the other tremendously talented writers, actors and directors who brought Damages and The Riches to fruition,” said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, in a statement. “We would also like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has done so much to recognize FX’s efforts to bring the highest quality programming to basic cable.”

BBC America picked up two nominations for co-productions, two for miniseries The State Within and one for Jekyll.

“BBC America’s three Golden Globe nominations are a testament to the quality and creativity of television coming out of the United Kingdom,” said Garth Ancier, president of BBC Worldwide America, in a statement. “It's a triumph that our cable channel can come in sixth among all television networks in total Golden Globe nominations. We’re in great company.”

The list of nominees is below:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

BIG LOVE (HBO)
Anima Sola and Playtone Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

DAMAGES (FX NETWORKS)
FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television

GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
ABC Studios

HOUSE (FOX)
Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Media Studios

MAD MEN (AMC)
Lionsgate Television

THE TUDORS (SHOWTIME)
Showtime/Peace Arch Entertainment/Working Title/Reveille Productions Limited/An Ireland-Canada Co-Production

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

PATRICIA ARQUETTE – MEDIUM

GLENN CLOSE – DAMAGES

MINNIE DRIVER – THE RICHES

EDIE FALCO – THE SOPRANOS

SALLY FIELD – BROTHERS & SISTERS

HOLLY HUNTER – SAVING GRACE

KYRA SEDGWICK – THE CLOSER

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

MICHAEL C. HALL – DEXTER

JON HAMM – MAD MEN

HUGH LAURIE – HOUSE

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS – THE TUDORS

BILL PAXTON – BIG LOVE

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

30 ROCK (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger - Inc.

CALIFORNICATION (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, and Then…, Twilight Time Films

ENTOURAGE (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

EXTRAS (HBO)
BBC and HBO Entertainment

PUSHING DAISIES (ABC)
Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE – SAMANTHA WHO?

AMERICA FERRERA – UGLY BETTY

TINA FEY – 30 ROCK

ANNA FRIEL – PUSHING DAISIES

MARY-LOUISE PARKER – WEEDS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

ALEC BALDWIN – 30 ROCK

STEVE CARELL – THE OFFICE

DAVID DUCHOVNY – CALIFORNICATION

RICKY GERVAIS – EXTRAS

LEE PACE – PUSHING DAISIES

BEST
MINI
-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE (HBO)
A Wolf Films/Traveler’s Rest Production in association with HBO Films

THE COMPANY (TNT)
Sony Pictures Television

FIVE DAYS (HBO)
HBO Films in association with BBC Films

LONGFORD (HBO)
A Granada Production in association with Channel 4 and HBO Films

THE STATE WITHIN (BBC AMERICA)
BBC America, BBC

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A
MINI
-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD – AS YOU LIKE IT

DEBRA MESSING – THE STARTER WIFE

QUEEN LATIFAH – LIFE SUPPORT

SISSY SPACEK – PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS

RUTH WILSON – JANE EYRE (MASTERPIECE THEATRE)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A
MINI
-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

ADAM BEACH – BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED – KNEE

ERNEST BORGNINE – A GRANDPA FOR CHRISTMAS

JIM BROADBENT – LONGFORD

JASON ISAACS – THE STATE WITHIN

JAMES NESBITT – JEKYLL

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,
MINI
-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

ROSE BYRNE – DAMAGES

RACHEL GRIFFITHS – BROTHERS & SISTERS

KATHERINE HEIGL – GREY’S ANATOMY

SAMANTHA MORTON – LONGFORD

ANNA PAQUIN – BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED - KNEE

JAIME PRESSLY – MY NAME IS EARL

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,
MINI
-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

TED DANSON – DAMAGES

KEVIN DILLON – ENTOURAGE

JEREMY PIVEN – ENTOURAGE

ANDY SERKIS – LONGFORD

WILLIAM SHATNER – BOSTON LEGAL

DONALD SUTHERLAND – DIRTY SEXY MONEY

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