The Golden Globes are relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of awards. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made it relevant over the years, turning it into a leading indicator for Oscar nominations and a grand party for the participants.
The TV categories aren’t given nearly as much weight as those in film. TV viewers don’t seem swayed by awards the way film viewers are. (Just look at the Emmys.)
Still, it’s always nice to be recognized in Hollywood. AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” shot in Atlanta, was given a surprise spot among top TV dramas with more obvious picks “Mad Men” (also on AMC), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) and “Dexter” (Showtime”).
The zombie drama, which just concluded earlier this month after a brief six-episode first-season fun, is riding a wave of great critical acclaim and huge ratings.
Kyra Sedgwick, who just announced she is closing “The Closer” on Atlanta’s TNT after the seventh season in 2011, was nominated for the sixth consecutive year as best actress in a drama. She has yet to win that award, though she won the Emmy for the first time this past fall. She is up against favorite Julianna Margulies (”The Good Wife”), Katey Segal (”Sons of Anarchy”), Piper Perabo (”Covert Affairs”) and Elisabeth Moss (”Mad Men”).
In other TV categories, top actor in a drama include Steve Buscemi (”Boardwalk Empire”), Bryan Cranston (”Breaking Bad”), Michael C. Hall (”Dexter”), Jon Hamm (”Mad Men”) and Hugh Laurie (”House”).
And top comedy/musical series features “Modern Family” (ABC), “The Big C” (Showtime), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Glee” (Fox) and “Nurse Jackie (Showtime).
For all the categories, including film, check the Golden Globes site.