2011 Golden Globe Awards: Who Should Win?

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Only one thing is guaranteed about this year's Golden Globe Awards telecast: Ricky Gervais will make for a hilarious host.

But who will actually take home the major trophies on the television side? Two TV Fanatic staff members debate the contenders below...

Best Television Series: Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead
Matt's pick: The Good Wife. It blends humor with intelligence, character development with a legal procedural. No other show depicts such well-layered, morally grey characters.
Jeff's pick: I agree. Just when you think you've got a peg on where it's going to go, it throws you a curve.  Such a well-acted ensemble, and the ambiguity in loyalties makes it a fascinating watch.

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Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Drama
Julianna Margulies: The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss: Mad Men
Piper Perabo: Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal: Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick: The Closer
Matt's pick: Elisabeth Moss. Sagal had my vote until "The Suitcase." But that episode sealed the deal for Moss.
Jeff's pick: As much as I want to throw caution to the wind and pick Perabo for bringing a sexy spy back to my television screen, I'm going to go with Katey Sagal. It can't be easy to tackle the subject matter SoA throws at her, and she makes it look so dang easy.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Drama
Steve Buscemi: Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston: Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall: Dexter
Jon Hamm: Mad Men
Hugh Laurie: House
Matt's pick: Kyle Chandler... oh, sorry. Gotta go with Hamm. Don Draper went through every conceivable emotion this season, although I wouldn't argue with any of these choices winning.
Jeff's pick:  Steve Buscemi - because he's flippin Steve Buscemi. 'Nuff said.

Best Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
Matt's pick: Modern Family. Solely for Manny's reaction to Jay talking badly about church. Stop trying to play fast and loose with the kid's soul!
Jeff's pick: Modern Family is the most colorfully comedic ensemble nominated in the category.  Warm and endearing with an insanely talented cast that can make even a simple car ride seem hilarious.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Laura Linney: The Big C
Toni Collette: United States of Tara
Edie Falco: Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey: 30 Rock
Lea Michele: Glee
Matt's pick: Laura Linney. I might take issue with really including The Big C in a comedic category, but once it's there, she's an easy choice. She exhibited more range in that performance than any other nominee in hers.
Jeff's Pick: Since this is also a Musical category, I'm going to shock the masses and go with Lea Michele, because, if nothing else, the girl can bust a note like nobody's business!

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin: 30 Rock
Steve Carell: The Office
Thomas Jane: Hung
Matthew Morrison: Glee
Jim Parsons: The Big Bang Theory
Matt's pick: Baldwin. What's the point of even having this category anymore?
Jeff's pick:  Maybe I'm feeling nostalgic, but with Steve Carell soon departing The Office, the only reason to keep it on the air deserves to go out with a bang.

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Grays anatomy did not win because they did not deserve to. When I had cancer I worked this show. And when I made a documentary about cancer bc I wanted to fight the disease in my own way as an artist and they found out one of the ADs made the comment about telling people I was fired and that he did not care if he destroyed someone's dream. I had a friend at the time who was dying, actually I wanted to know what was going on with him and later found out he died, of cancer I met and worked with there. Then when they found out I was a lawyer and that I made a documentary, I heard comments from the cast- "she thinks she is an actress now." "no one would believe she is a lawyer." Well I past a background check to work for the census. And I made a reel to prove I can act. i was even on my way to shooting one of the scenes in it when I ran into an actor from this show. Did not talk to her, but someone shouted from a car in passing that I was crazy. Well no I am not. I really do have a law degree, but no one is going to make me use it and I prefer working in the industry and making less and I dont have the personailty to hurt others or the drive to be a cut throat attorney. But I will fight like hell to beat cancer and to act. We only have one life and America does not have a class system, and the actors on this show should not have the right to destroy one woman's dreams. And for what. Cause the only person on the set I thought who was male and down to earth was Knightly. Not interested him bc I am straight, but I have more respect for him than liars with no heart.

Sandraohforever

WHY THE FUCK GREY'S ANATOMY WAS NOT NOMANATED FOR A GLOBES AWARD

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Why the hell isn't Grey's Anatomy nominated!

Theyalier

Best Televison Series: Drama
My Pick: "The Good Wife" but a part of me is just sad that "Gossip Girl" didn't even get nominated... Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Drama
My Pick: Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf on "Gossip Girl", come one people! She's an amazing actress playing an amazing multi-dimensional character amazingly!
But since she didn't get nominated I'm gonna go with Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs". Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Drama
My Pick: That's tough, I don't really watch any of these shows... but I'm gonna go with Hugh Laurie, I watched about ten minutes of "House" in my life and they weren't so bad. Best Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
My Pick: Despite the fact that "Modern Family" is great, "The Big Bang Theory" is greater and it deserves to win! Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Comedy or Musical
My Pick: Come on guy, it's pretty obvious! Tina Fey!] Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Comedy or Musical
My Pick: Jim Parsons, OBVIOUSLY! Have you people ever SEEN "The Big Bang Theory"? He IS Sheldon! NO ONE could play that role better than he does! NO ONE!

Aries93

Every category that Dexter is in, is the one it should win. :D

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@Maheshfunky
i agree with you...The Vampires Diaries should win for drama either that or Nikita

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Best Television Series: Drama
The good Wife even though I still don't get why Private Practice or Parenthood don't get nominated Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Drama
Julianna Margulies: she is just amazing (but again I still Lauren Graham would deserve to be nominated in this category) Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Drama
Hugh Laurie: he makes me love an absolutely awful and narcissic man Best Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Glee: first reason it's hilarious, second reason it's a musical, third reason even with plot and story problem during the first half of the second season Glee is still my favorite show
missing show in that category: Cougar Town Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Lea Michele: just hoping Ryan Murphy could realize the talent she has and start fully using her possibilities Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
well, that's difficult I would say Steve Carrell even if I'm not a big fan of the Office

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@ Maheshfunky
None of the big award shows actually takes them seriously and shouldn't. CW as network is not taken seriously, so if it CW show, don't expect any nominations from Golden Globes (which some opinions is a step up for tv to win compare to emmy while a step down for a film compare to an Oscar). Vampire Diaries only seems to win in teen categories like Teen Choice as it lost all its people's choice categories.

Morgan852

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Steve Carell: The Office
Why? Because he's a great actor & also, he's hilarious and you can't help but smile when he appears on screen! :) Plus, this is his last season on The Office.

Morgan852

Best Television Series: Drama
Dexter Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Drama
Julianna Margulies: The Good Wife Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Drama
Michael C. Hall: Dexter Best Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Glee Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Comedy Or Musical
Lea Michele: Glee
(Gotta love Rachel Berry

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