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‘Housewives’ Tops Globes Nominations

Dec 13, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The 63rd annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Tuesday, weren’t so desperate for Eva Longoria, who was nominated along with her three co-stars in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” The show received a total of five nominations, including best TV musical or comedy series.

Ms. Longoria was shut out last year in the category of best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy. But this year she was nominated along with her fellow “Housewives” Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and last year’s winner, Teri Hatcher. Mary-Louise Parker kept the category from becoming an all-“Housewives” affair with her nomination for Showtime’s “Weeds.”

Thanks to “Housewives,” “Commander in Chief” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC was the top broadcaster in terms of nominations. HBO was the top cabler due to nods for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Rome” and multiple miniseries.

Aside from “Housewives,” “Weeds” also took a nomination in the musical or comedy series category, along with first-timers “My Name Is Earl” (NBC) and UPN’s “Everybody Loves Chris,” and nominees from previous years, HBO’s “Curb” and “Entourage.”

For best actor in a television series, musical or comedy, nominations went to Zach Braff for NBC’s “Scrubs,” Steve Carell for NBC’s “The Office,” Larry David for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jason Lee for “My Name Is Earl” and Charlie Sheen for CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”

In the best drama category, ABC scored three nominations with “Commander in Chief,” “Lost” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” while HBO came through with “Rome” and Fox nabbed a bid with its first-season hit “Prison Break.”

It was a clean slate in the actor and actress categories for drama, with all the nominees from last year shut out, mostly for new blood.

Fox dominated the best actor in a TV drama series category, with nominations for Hugh Laurie in “House,” Wentworth Miller in “Prison Break” and Kiefer Sutherland in “24.” ABC rounded out the category with Patrick Dempsey in “Grey’s Anatomy” and Matthew Fox in “Lost.”

For best actress in a TV drama series, the spoils are spread out among various networks, with nominations for Patricia Arquette of NBC’s “Medium,” Glenn Close for FX’s “The Shield,” Geena Davis for ABC’s “Commander in Chief,” Kyra Sedgwick for TNT’s “The Closer” and Polly Walker for “Rome.”

Cable swept the nominations for best made-for-television miniseries or movie with HBO’s “Empire Falls,” TNT’s “Into the West,” HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues” and “Warm Springs,” Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell” and BBC America’s “Viva Blackpool.”

Nominations for best performance by an actress in a made-for-television miniseries or movie went to Halle Berry in ABC’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Kelly Macdonald for HBO’s “The Girl in the Café,” S. Epatha Merkerson for HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues,” Cynthia Nixon for HBO’s “Warm Springs” and Mira Sorvino for Lifetime’s “Human Trafficking.”

In the category of best performance by an actor in a made-for-television miniseries or movie, the nominees are Kenneth Branagh for “Warm Springs,” Ed Harris for HBO’s “Empire Falls,” Jonathan Rhys-Meyers for CBS’s “Elvis,” Bill Nighy for HBO’s “The Girl in the Café” and Donald Sutherland for “Human Trafficking.”

For best supporting actress in a made-for-television series, miniseries or movie, nominations went to Candice Bergen for ABC’s “Boston Legal,” Camryn Manheim for “Elvis,” Sandra Oh for ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Elizabeth Perkins for “Weeds” and Joanne Woodward for “Empire Falls.”

Nominees for best supporting actor in a made-for-TV series, miniseries or movie are Naveen Andrews for “Lost,” Paul Newman for “Empire Falls,” Jeremy Piven for “Entourage,” Randy Quaid for “Elvis” and Donald Sutherland for “Commander in Chief.”

Donald Sutherland was not the only performer to score two acting nods. Aside from her TV nomination, Ms. Huffman was also nominated for best actress in a motion picture, drama, for her role in “Transamerica.”

The Golden Globes are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards ceremony is set for Jan. 16.