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The annual Golden Globes pre-holiday post-Emmy madness

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 13, 2012 09:42 AM

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The silly season is well underway, meaning we're on our 16th country-music awards show and heading into our 25th movie-awards presentation. And this morning, the Golden Globes began doing its part, announcing a mess of new nominations that don't mean much except that a bunch of famous people will gather on Jan. 13 to mingle with one another, promote their movies for Oscars, and get their mugs on TV.

The word "random" is overused and misused, but I think it does generally apply to the Globes TV nominations. And in some cases, that's a good thing. Connie Britton got a deserved nod for best actress for "Nashville," for instance. Danny Huston got a supporting nod for his creepy work on the small Starz series "Magic City." I thought I was the only person enjoying that show. And, at last, Mandy Patinkin got recognition for his rich supporting work on "Homeland," despite the Emmy snub.

But of course there are weirdnessess amid the randomness. A best comedy/musical nomination for "Smash"? The show started off with a bang of a pilot, but fell into storyline mediocrity across the first season. I guess the Steven Spielberg producer credit didn't hurt. And the uneven "The Newsroom" is on the list, but no "Game of Thrones" or supporting actor Peter Dinklage, despite his win last year? Huh? What? 

Golden Globe nominations tend to be somewhat Euro-centric. They're from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, after all. That's probably why the second, lesser season of "Downton Abbey" got a best drama nod, but "Mad Men" didn't. "Mad Men" may not have had its best year, but still: It was impressive and better than almost everything else out there. An odd snub, although star Jon Hamm did get a nomination.

The Euro bent is also probably why "Episodes," with its British-American culture clash, got nominated for best comedy and "Louie" and "Parks and Recreation" didn't. "Episodes" is fine, but not nearly among the best comedies out there. At least "Girls" and Louis C.K. got some due, as did Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and "Homeland." 

Also getting deserved nominations: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who are co-hosting the telecast. Awkwardness: averted.

Here's a link to the full list of nominees.  

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