Monday, December 18, 2006

Golden Globe Nominations: Part Four

We've reached the end, at last--Part Four of my four-part blog on the Golden Globe nominations, which were announced on Thursday. For nominations in the film categories, see Parts One and Two; for the television comedy and drama categories, see Part Three. Part Four consists of the nominations for miniseries and for supporting actor/actress. Enjoy!

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bleak House
Broken Trail
Elizabeth I
Mrs. Harris
Prime Suspect: The Final Act

If you needed more proof of Helen Mirren's dominance over all things award-related, here it is. Not only has she received three nominations this year, but just about every project with which she was connected has been recognized by the HFPA. I won't even pretend that my personal favorite in this category, Bleak House, has a fighting chance. Elizabeth I basically swept the Emmys earlier this year, and I have every reason to expect a repeat. It's the Mirren Factor, baby.

Best Actress - Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson, Bleak House
Annette Bening, Mrs. Harris
Helen Mirren, Elizabeth I
Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Sophie Okonedo, Tsunami, The Aftermath

This is such an impressive group of actresses, you have to wonder what went wrong in the Best Comedic Actress (TV) category. There are certainly plenty of talented women on television, so why is Marcia Cross nominated exactly? I'd count Annette Bening out right away, since she's nominated in another category and because Mrs. Harris has been mostly ignored at awards shows. Gillian Anderson was wonderful in Bleak House, but hers was a supporting role; I would have liked to see the series' lead actress, Anna Maxwell Martin, nominated this year. Having just finished Part One of Tsunami, The Aftermath, I must say that Sophie Okonedo would be my hands-down favorite in any other year. She gives a heartbreaking, understated performance as a mother who goes mad with grief and takes another person's child after her own daughter goes missing and is presumed dead in a tsunami. Many actresses would overplay this role in a Lifetime-movie fashion, but Okonedo gives the character dignity. This is Helen Mirren's year, however, and there's no stopping her transition into the Galactic Emperor of Dramatic Acting. Coincidentally, Ian McDarmid appeared in Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren. This woman is the new Kevin Bacon. Normally I'd predict that Mirren would split her own vote, but in this case, the HFPA will probably just declare a tie between her performances and give her two awards. Just watch and see if I'm wrong.

Best Actor - Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Andre Braugher, Thief
Robert Duvall, Broken Trail
Michael Ealy, Sleeper Cell: American Terror
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tsunami, The Aftermath
Ben Kingsley, Mrs. Harris
Bill Nighy, Gideon's Daughter
Matthew Perry, The Ron Clark Story

Is there some reason that seven actors made it into this category, but only three non-Mirren actresses made it into the Best Actress category? I call BS. With so many nominees, it's hard to predict how this one will go. Andre Braugher, one of my all-time faves, justly won the Emmy this year for his performance in Thief, and he has a fighting chance for the Golden Globe. I've heard that Sleeper Cell is insanely awesome, though, so Michael Ealy could pop up and take the award. After watching the first part of Tsunami, The Aftermath, I owe Chiwetel Ejiofor a huge apology. The man is a tremendous actor, and I'm a lamewad for not knowing who he was. He plays Sophie Okonedo's husband in the miniseries, and he has an impeccable scene when he realizes that his wife has gone batshit crazy and has replaced his possibly dead daughter with another little girl. He doesn't say a word, but the expression on his face is deserving of several awards right there, apart from the rest of his amazing performance. If Chandler from Friends beats him, I will swear off the Globes forever. By the way, I frequently make idle threats.

Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emily Blunt, Gideon's Daughter
Toni Collette, Tsunami, The Aftermath
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Sarah Paulson, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds

The HFPA needs to divide this category up, if only to give it a shorter name. It's difficult to say if the nominees even give comparable performances, which doesn't mean they aren't great at what they do. How do you choose between a charity worker from a super-serious tsunami miniseries and a suburban mom from a TV show about pot-dealing? To use the same criteria to evaluate performances on completely different planes is well, silly. I'll be rooting for either Emily Blunt or Toni Collette, since neither actress is going to win in the film categories in which they are also nominated. Try diagramming that sentence.

Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trail
Jeremy Irons, Elizabeth I
Justin Kirk, Weeds
Masi Oka, Heroes
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Yata!! Hiro did it! I'm thrilled that my favorite part of Heroes (besides Adrian Pasdar's chest, teeth, and voice) got some love from the HFPA. I'd be floored if Masi Oka won, but the nomination is a nice acknowledgment of his work. This category is another weird grab bag of performances, and it's a tough call. Jeremy Irons, due to his proximity to Helen Mirren, won the Emmy for Elizabeth I earlier this year, and I'd say he's the front runner. Jeremy Piven's coming off of his own Emmy win, however, and he's been nominated for a Golden Globe for the previous two years, so this might be his turn. I'm just curious to see what sort of bizarre cravat he wears this time.

See you on January 15th, suckas!!