Move over “30 Rock.” Here comes “Glee.” Fox’s freshman comedy series about a high school glee club took critics and viewers by storm this season, and now it can add a Golden Globe award to its songbook. Two of its leads, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison also scored nominations.
Tina Fey herself predicted that her reign as best comedy actress in "Rock" may be coming to an end — and she was right. That spot, in somewhat of an upset, went to Toni Collette for “United States of Tara.” But Fey’s co-star Alec Baldwin is still getting the love with the trophy for best actor in a comedy or musical series.
Say what you will about the Globes, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is often the first to spotlight new or underappreciated television shows and stars, paving the way for them to be recognized with other industry awards.
Take Juliana Margulies in "The Good Wife," who walked away with the Globe for top drama series actress. If you’re like me and millions of others, you’ve heard about the show but never seen it. Now it’s on the radar.
“Mad Men’s” seduction remains as strong as ever, much to creator Matthew Weiner’s professed surprise — but no one else’s — as the foreign press awarded the noir-ish program its third consecutive statuette for top drama series on television.
But it was "Dexter’s" lead and supporting actors that held the biggest sway over voters, with Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow both taking the top prizes. The black cap-clad Hall’s acceptance speech was even more poignant with the unmentioned fact that he has been (successfully) battling cancer. Lithgow, previously best known on television for his multiple Emmy-winning role on "3rd Rock From the Sun,” is brand new to the "Dexter" cast, joining in September 2009 as a serial killer, but obviously no stranger to acting kudos.
HBO continued its award-winning ways by nabbing the remainder of the major television awards. The acclaimed "Grey Gardens" brought it home as best miniseries or motion picture made for television and Drew Barrymore took the top acting prize for her breakout dramatic role as Little Edie Bouvier Beale.
There was no six degrees of separation for Kevin Bacon at the ceremony. His role as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl in “Taking Chance” completely connected with Globes voters, although the film did not have nearly the degree of exposure as "Gardens." Its tough subject matter — the saga as the Lt. Col. personally takes home the body of a private killed in the Iraq war — is a must-see.
The multiple wives on "Big Love" will now have something else to bicker about. Only one of them, Chloe Sevigny, will be able to display a Golden Globe on her mantle.