I was expecting madness on the TV Comedy side this morning when The Golden Globe nominations were announced. I ranted about it yesterday in my post about the SAG nominations. So while I am not happy about the insanity that is the TV Comedy section of the Globe Nominations, as LEAST I was prepared. I was NOT prepared for the madness of the drama nominations. Let’s get right to it, shall we?
Best Television Series — Drama
THEY SNUBBED MAD MEN.
I’ll say it again.
THEY SNUBBED MAD MEN. The show that THEY were the first real champion of. The show that has won this award THREE TIMES.
The Hollywood Foreign Press is notorious for not only loving shiny new playthings but for constantly sucking up to super famous people. And The Newsroom is both a shiny new plaything and it’s from a sort of well known guy called Aaron Sorkin. So of COURSE The HFPA was going to fawn over The Newsroom. I just never thought it would be at the expense of Mad Men. (Also, I am saying all of this as someone who is a FAN of The Newsroom. I really am. But…but…MAD MEN THOUGH, YOU GUYS!!)
Also, I still don’t get the obsession with Boardwalk Empire. It bored me to tears in the first few episodes of Season One, so I gave up on it. I can see why it’s an awards magnet: it’s a lavishly designed period piece (see also: Downton Abbey, except Downton is freaking flawless and emotionally engaging). I just never really connected with Boardwalk, so I gave up. Should I try again in ALL of my free time, dear readers? Let me know.
All of this being said, I still think this award is Homeland‘s to lose.
Well, my friends, it is that time of year again: Awards Season is upon us. The time of year when we celebrate the best of the best in film and television at the Golden Globes, The SAG Awards, The Critics Choice awards and the Super Bowl of Pop Culture, the Academy Awards.
It’s also the time of year when people with evolved tastes in television scream at their TVs and Computers in agony on a regular basis.
The SAG nominations came out this morning, and the Golden Globe nods come out tomorrow. So expect to hear a LOT of me screaming about my shows over the next few days.
It never ceases to amaze me at how while the SAG nominations tend to get the film side SO RIGHT, they get the television side (ESPECIALLY the comedies) SO WRONG. Are the Comedy ballots at the back of their books and they are just tired of really thinking about who should be nominated so they just check off all the usual suspects because they are lazy??? Do they know what the word “ensemble” means (here’s a hint: it DOESN’T mean just a really big cast)? More importantly, do they know what the word “COMEDY” means?? I really question whether or not they do.
I will also never cease to understand how they don’t have a category for supporting performances on the television side. How in the HELL can you lump in a supporting player like Christina Hendricks or Neil Patrick Harris with leading performances like Juliana Marguiles and Jim Parsons? The supporting actors, outside of the Modern Family cast or Dame Maggie Smith, don’t have a chance in HELL of being recognized.
Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?
Best Comedy Ensemble
The Big Bang Theory
I’m sorry…in what UNIVERSE is the really big cast…erm “ensemble” of Glee better than the ensembles of both Parks and Recreation and Community?? Are the SAG members merely sucking up to uber-producer Ryan Murphy because they all want jobs?? Glee lost its relevance and critical acclaim several seasons ago and is a SHADOW of its former self creatively. And this is coming from someone who thought Glee was BRILLIANT in its first season and a half or so. I don’t understand at all how it is still getting nominated for ACTING. Are they WATCHING the show? The acting is horrendous. And the cast does not work together as an ensemble. Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are barely on the show anymore. Most of the original cast has been downgraded to recurring status. Also tears/over emotive singing does NOT equal good acting.
Also SAG voters? The Sopranos (one of the most overrated shows in the history of TV IMO, but that’s another post) went off the air five years ago. Mayhaps it is time to move on from your infatuation with all things Edie Falco. Cause that is the only reason I can think of for your constant nominating of Nurse Jackie. I’m not even a massive fan of Girls, but even I can say that if you were going to nominate an edgy cable comedy, it should have been Girls over Nurse Jackie. I think some people are jealous of Lena Dunham being so successful at age 26.
The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy on television, so their nomination was a given. Modern Family, while some (me included, only cause I want other shows to get a chance) whine about it being overpraised, is the three-time Emmy champ and an excellent ensemble of comic actors. It’s the last hurrah for perennial winner 30 Rock and past winner The Office so I wasn’t surprised by those nominations. 30 Rock is having a pretty stellar final season and while it’s not at all what it used to be, the cast of The Office has always been a true ensemble, so I am fine with their nomination. But I can’t help but think/rage that the other two Thursday night NBC comedies, Community and Parks and Recreation are the ones who should be on the list.
ESPECIALLY Parks and Recreation. If you look up the word “ensemble” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Leslie Knope and Company.
Guys, it’s been a really rough day. First, the guy at Dunkin forgot to put the pumpkin flavoring in my coffee. I had to drink plain coffee, like some kind of plain-coffee-drinking schmuck. Then I had to spend an hour looking at pictures of our Sexiest Woman Alive winner and runner-up in various states of undress. When will the torture end?
Thanks to all the hot-lady appreciating folks who voted in our Facebook poll this week. Head Over Feels nominated our six favorite sexy women and our followers wrote in some other inspired picks. (Shout out to Angela Lansbury and Miss Piggy.) Even though the eventual winner jumped to the head of the pack early, it was an exciting race for #2. It just so happens that our top two girls are also colleagues, which gives us fair reason to fantasize about slumber parties after long days on the Mad Men set. Can we be invited next time? We’ll bring the popcorn.
You know this post needs a soundtrack, and these stacked ladies deserve some serious, bass-heavy funk.
Let the ogling begin!
The Sexiest Woman Alive, Runner-Up: Christina Hendricks
The fact that you guys voted for a runner-up with a dress size of 14 makes me want to throw all of my airbrush-happy womens magazines out my window and run down my street, triumphantly singing. Congratulations to the gorgeous and talented Ms. Hendricks for being an inspiration for body confidence and werking that shit.
Looking fine and sophisticated in some hipster specs.
Extra credit for playing a sexy baddie in Firefly.
Like Joan, Christina’s style is deliciously womanly. Can that body look anything BUT womanly?
If you were Roger, could you have ever gotten over this one? Didn’t think so.
Worth the back pain, probably.
And now, the woman voted (overwhelmingly) into the top spot by Head Over Feels readers…
The Sexiest Woman Alive: Alison Brie
As Jeff Winger once said to Annie Edison, “You’re becoming dangerous, Annie. It’s those doe eyes. Disappointing you is like choking the Little Mermaid with a bike chain.” Add those doe eyes to that rocking bod and you’ve got our Sexiest Woman Alive. Alison is the “Girl Next Door” fantasy on steroids. And it’s no coincidence that she’s on two of Head Over Feels’ favorite shows, and very nearly perfect on both of them. We like her beautiful insides too.
How is this fair to the rest of us, Alison?
A. Tongue. B. That ice cream looks delicious, omg.
Study group swag.
I don’t think anyone will complain about some bonus Gillian Jacobs.
And now, the Sexiest Woman Alive and one of our Sexiest Men Alive will have their first dance:
There is a serious lack of photos of Christina Hendricks and co-Sexiest Man Adam Scott together. Get on that, internet.
Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to our winners! You all represent this blog’s favorite qualities in a gal: style and substance, talent and sex appeal, nerdiness and heart. And we thank you for it.