The Golden Globe TV Nominations: Ron Swanson Didn’t Want Your Love Anyway

The 2011 Golden Globes Nominations were announced this morning, and I try not to say this lightly, but the television nominations are a SHAM. The heads of the Foreign Press Association live snugly in their own buttholes. Particularly in the comedy categories, the nominations are an embarrassment. No, “Community” did not get nominated for anything. But no one really expected it to. But neither did “Parks and Recreation” (save for an Amy Poehler nomination). Ron Swanson was DENIED. And so was “Happy Endings” and “It’s Always Sunny” and “The League” and every comedy on television with the slightest bit of edge. Instead, they give nominations to “Enlightened” (a critical favorite, but one that I couldn’t get into), Matt LeBlanc’s “Episodes” (seriously boring), “Glee” (seriously bad, also not funny), “Modern Family” (wholesome, conservative, safe) and “New Girl” because … I have no idea. Maybe they were really looking forward to Schmidt showing up and getting plastered with the Golden Globes crowd.

But the biggest, most boneheaded, off-the-charts ridiculous snub of all was the lack of a nomination for “Breaking Bad” in the Best Drama category, along with a snub for “Friday Night Lights.” They did have the good sense to nominate “Homeland,” but the nomination for “Boss” is a little head scratching (and I love “Boss”), as is the one for “American Horror Story,” the most entertaining train wreck on TV. But credit where credit is due: Peter Dinklage and “Game of Thrones” got warranted props, and so did Thomas Jane’s penis.

The mini-series category shows lots of love for British shows, and of the ones I’ve seen — “The Hour” and “Luther” — I can’t complain. I’m just surprised they didn’t find a way to nominate “Temple Grandin” again.

The full list of TV nominations is after the jump.

Best Comedy Series




“Modern Family”

“New Girl”

Best Actor, TV Comedy

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

David Duchovny “Californiacation”

Johnny Galecki “Big Bang Theory”

Thomas Jane “Hung”

Matt LeBlanc “Episodes”

Best Actress, Comedy

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”

Tina Fey “30 Rock”

Laura Linney “The C Word”

Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”

Zooey Deschanel “The New Girl”

Best Drama TV Series

“American Horror Story”

“Boardwalk Empire”


“Game of Thrones”


Best Actor, TV Drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”

Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress, TV Drama

Claire Danes “Homeland”

Mireille Enos “The Killing”

Julianna Margulies “The Good Wife”

Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”

Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness”

Best Television Series – Miniseries/Movie

“Cinema Verite”

“Downton Abbey”

“The Hour”

“Mildred Pierce”

“Too Big to Fail”

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Idris Elba, “Luther”

William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail”

Bill Nighy, “Page Eight”

Dominic West, “The Hour”

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”

Guy Pearce, “Mildred Piece”

Tim Robbins, “Cineme Verite”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Romola Garai, “The Hour”

Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”

Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”

Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”

Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie:

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Kelly Macdonald “Boardwalk Empire”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”