Ladies and gentlemen, “Glee” won best comedy at the 2010 Golden Globes. It’s hard to even fathom that when its competition included “Modern Family'” and “30 Rock.” It’s not that I don’t feel it’s deserving; rather, I’m just surprised that the Hollywood Foreign Press actually gave in to their guilty pleasures and handed an award to a show about a high school show choir.
“Glee” was just one surprise in a night that was filled with a few shockers across the board. Let’s take a look at how some of the TV awards went down.
Best supporting actress
Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”
This was actually a major shock to me on the opposite end of the spectrum; to me, no one was going to be Jane Lynch for her snarky portrayal of Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” If they did, Sue would probably make sure they didn’t live to tell the tale the next day.
However, Sevigny managed to earn the voters’ respect on HBO’s “Big Love.” On the other hand, she may not have own the respect of many viewers after complaining about Chace Crawford accidentally ripping her dress. Losing such a valuable article of clothing is truly sad, but was there any point in announcing it to the world just seconds after we saw it happened? Poor Chace is probably off looking for a replacement.
Best supporting actor
John Lithgow, “Dexter”
It was a little shocking to see Lithgow walk away with the Golden Globe, if only because Michael Emerson was largely the favorite after getting so much acclaim already this year for “Lost.” “Dexter” has been an underrated show in most award circuits; it’s often nominated, but rarely does it ever win.
Thankfully, Lithgow’s supporting role helped to make season four one of the most chilling for the Showtime series yet.
Best actress, comedy
Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”
The lead actor / actress winners were pretty much expected (at least for the comedy field). Toni Collette was competing really with just Tina Fey for the award, but in playing multiple personalities on the same show she more or less secured herself the trophy.
As for Edie Falco, Courtney Cox, and Lea Michele, it was simply nice just to see them nominated. Their shows are all fairly new, so there will hopefully be plenty of chances for them in the future.
Best actor, comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
This was probably the only win that just felt boring. It’s not because Alec Baldwin is a bad actor by any means (he’s deserved every award he’s won for “30 Rock”); it’s just dull to see the same guy win year after year. I would’ve preferred to see Thomas Jane or Matthew Morrison win this time, just to give Jack Donaghy a little bit of a break in his award-winning victory lap.
Morrison may have another chance next year, as might Jim Parsons (who was strangely snubbed this time around) for “The Big Bang Theory.”
Best actress, drama
Juliianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Julianna just proved something to everyone at the Golden Globes: a network drama can actually still win an award for best actress. “The Good Wife” has only been on TV for about four months now, but already Margulies (a veteran of “ER”) has proven herself worthy by playing the “shamed” wife of a crooked politician.
It was a deserving win, and it may be a step in the right direction if the Globes are hoping to become more “mainstream.”
Best actor, drama
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Finally, Dexter Morgan is getting his due! I know Michael C. Hall doesn’t want everyone talking about his recent cancer treatment, so I will say nothing other than congratulating him for still coming to the awards and delivering a great speech. Hall has done nothing but fantastic work on both this show and “Six Feet Under” and it’s nice to see that he finally has some hardware from the Hollywood Foreign Press to go with it.
Yes, this does mean that Hugh Laurie lost this time around…I guess he’ll have to look at his People’s Choice Award instead.
“Glee” took down “30 Rock,” and as I said earlier I’m still shocked. The show certainly deserves the recognition for being the first TV musical series I haven’t been bored with. Even more surprisingly, the show works in spite of its quirkiness. We know that there’s some logic problems with how fast the kids learn the songs, but the show does such a great job inspiring our imagination that we don’t care. Plus, they sang to Journey.
“Modern Family” is still on the way up, so don’t be surprised if it emerges victorious next year.
“Mad Men,” AMC
Not every award can be a surprise, and “Mad Men” proves it. Will any show ever beat out the AMC drama? The best bet for next year is that the final season of “Lost” may have a legitimate chance, but outside of that there doesn’t seem to be any major threat for Don Draper on the horizon (even “Dexter”). The only thing that could stop it would be a downfall of the show itself.
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