ABC dominated the broadcast networks during the 63rd annual Golden Globe nominations this morning, thanks to strong performances by Desperate Housewives (with five nominations, including best TV musical or comedy series), Commander in Chief and Grey’s Anatomy.
HBO led the cable networks, with its nods including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome and its slate of miniseries.
An entirely new crop of nominees emerged in the best-drama category, while this season’s two most-buzzed-about new comedies, freshman single-camera comedy shows Everybody Hates Chris from UPN and My Name Is Earl from NBC, were among the best-comedy nominees.
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association., who are the voters, continued to favor former and current movie actors who have moved into television, with many familiar names dotting the acting categories.
ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which won the Golden Globe last year for best musical or comedy series despite being passed over for an Emmy in September, was nominated in the category along with HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage and Showtime’s Weeds, as well as Chris and Earl. Unlike last year’s Golden Globes, where Housewives co-star Eva Longoria was overlooked, all four actresses—Longoria, last year’s winner Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman—received nominations for best musical or comedy series performances, along with Weeds’ Mary-Louise Parker.
In the drama category, Commander in Chief, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost received nods, along with Fox’s Prison Break and HBO’s Rome.
Chief star Geena Davis was nominated for best drama actress along with NBC’s Medium’s Patricia Arquette, FX’s The Shield’s Glenn Close (who won a best performance in a movie or miniseries Globe last year for her performance in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), The Closer’s (TNT) Kyra Sedgwick and Rome’s Polly Walker.
For best drama actor, the nominees were Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey, Lost’s Matthew Fox, House’s (Fox) Hugh Laurie, Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller and 24’s (Fox) Kiefer Sutherland.
In the comedy category, best actor nods went to Scrubs’ (NBC) Zach Braff, The Office’s Steve Carell, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, Earl’s Jason Lee and Two and a Half Men’s (CBS) Charlie Sheen.
The best miniseries and TV movie category was crowded with six nominees: HBO’s EmpireFalls, TNT’s Into the West, HBO’s Lackawanna Blues, Showtime’s Sleeper Cell, BBC America’s Viva Blackpool and HBO’s Warm Springs (winner of the Emmy for best TV movie).
Halle Berry (Oprah Winfrey’s ABC production of Their Eyes were Watching God), Kelly MacDonald (The Girl in the Café), Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Lackawanna Blues), Cynthia Nixon (Warm Springs) and Mira Sorvino (Lifetime’s Human Trafficking) were nominated for best miniseries/TV movie actress.
Actor nods in the category went to Kenneth Branagh for Warm Springs, Ed Harris for Empire Falls, Jonathan Rhys Meyers for Elvis, Bill Nighy for The Girl in the Café and Donald Sutherland for Human Trafficking.
Globe voters combine supporting acting roles in the series, miniseries and TV-movie categories. Among actresses, the nominees were Candice Bergen for ABC's Boston Legal, Camryn Manheim (CBS' Elvis), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Joanne Woodward (Empire Falls).
Best supporting actor nods went to Naveen Andrews of Lost, Paul Newman (Empire Falls), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Randy Quaid (Elvis) and Donald Sutherland (Commander in Chief).
The nominations for TV and film were announced this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel by actress Kate Beckinsale, The Office’s Carell and actor Mark Wahlberg. The ceremony will air live Jan. 16 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Following are all the TV nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
COMMANDER IN CHIEF (ABC)
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
PRISON BREAK (FOX)
Original Film and Adelstein/Parouse Prods.
HBO Entertainment i.a.w. BBC
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
PATRICIA ARQUETTE MEDIUM
GLENN CLOSE THE SHIELD
GEENA DAVIS COMMANDER IN CHIEF
KYRA SEDGWICK THE CLOSER
POLLY WALKER ROME
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
PATRICK DEMPSEY GREY’S ANATOMY
MATTHEW FOX LOST
HUGH LAURIE HOUSE
WENTWORTH MILLER PRISON BREAK
KIEFER SUTHERLAND 24
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (UPN)
Chris Rock Enterprises Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment i.a.w Paramount Network Television
MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
Acme Prods. i.a.w. 20th Century Fox Television
Lions Gate Television i.a.w. Tilted Prods.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
MARCIA CROSS DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
TERI HATCHER DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
FELICITY HUFFMAN DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
EVA LONGORIA DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
MARY-LOUISE PARKER WEEDS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
ZACH BRAFF SCRUBS
STEVE CARELL THE OFFICE
LARRY DAVID CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
JASON LEE MY NAME IS EARL
CHARLIE SHEEN TWO AND A HALF MEN
BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
EMPIRE FALLS (HBO)
Mark Platt Prod., Aspetuck & Stone Vialleg Picturs Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
INTO THE WEST (TNT)
LACKAWANNA BLUES (HBO)
Bellah Films, Good Shepard Prods. i.a.w. HBO Films
SLEEPER CELL (SHOWTIME)
Showtime, Anne Kindberg Prod.
VIVA BLACKPOOL (BBC AMERICA)
WARM SPRINGS (HBO)
Mark Gordon Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
HALLE BERRY THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
KELLY MacDONALD THE GIRL IN THE CAFÉ
S. EPATHA MERKERSON LACKAWANNA BLUES
CYNTHIA NIXON WARM SPRINGS
MIRA SORVINO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
KENNETH BRANAGH WARM SPRINGS
ED HARRIS EMPIRE FALLS
JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS ELVIS
BILL NIGHY THE GIRL IN THE CAFÉ
DONALD SUTHERLAND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
CANDICE BERGEN BOSTON LEGAL
CAMRYN MANHEIM ELVIS
SANDRA OH GREY’S ANATOMY
ELIZABETH PERKINS WEEDS
JOANNE WOODWARD EMPIRE FALLS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
NAVEEN ANDREWS LOST
PAUL NEWMAN EMPIRE FALLS
JEREMY PIVEN ENTOURAGE
RANDY QUAID ELVIS
DONALD SUTHERLAND COMMANDER IN CHIEF