Saturday, November 27, 2010

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anyone important. A reminder that last year’s nominees mean zilch at the Globes and that the race is almost entirely unpredictable.

Last year’s nominees:
Jane Adams (Hung)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Janet McTeer (Into the Storm)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)

This category aggregates supporting actresses from drama series, comedy series, mini-series, and TV movies. Also, no one stays in it for very long. Since 2003, no one has earned more than two consecutive nominations. One of those ladies is Rose Byrne, nominated twice for her work on FX’s drama. While I thought that she turned in her best performance yet, Golden Globe voters may be over her. Jane Adams (Hung) was a pleasant surprise last year, but I think that she’ll be forgotten (tragically). Jane Lynch (Glee) will probably stay, while last year’s winner Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) could just as easily return as not return. The ladies of “Modern Family,” Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, may be easier to honor than the boys on their show since there are only two of them, but I’m not convinced that the Globes will honor the supporting players at all. On the mini-series/TV movie front, we have Emmy winner Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) and nominees Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack), and Brenda Vaccaro (You Don’t Know Jack). Any of the Emmy-nominated drama supporting actresses like Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) or winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) could be nominated, but I think that new actresses arein line ahead of them: Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), a nominee in this category for TV movie “The Girl in the Café” back in 2005, and the uber-popular Betty White (Hot in Cleveland).

Current predictions:
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin)
Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack)
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland).

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