Fey, Falco, Cox among actresses snubbed in Golden Globe nominations broadcast

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Don't believe women are treated like second-class citizens in Hollywood?

Tell that to Courteney Cox, Edie Falco, Toni Collette, Lea Michele and the reigning queen of TV comedy, Tina Fey. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubbed all of them during the televised announcement of the 67th annual Golden Globe nominations.

On TV, the Three Celebrity Readers neglected to read these nominees for best actress in a comedy series.

NBC's "The Office" lover-boy John Krasinski, Interchangeable Blond Movie Actress Diane Kruger and pop icon Justin Timberlake did, however, manage during the televised portion of the Globes clambake Tuesday to convey the names of those thespians and series nominated for best comedy series actor and best comedy series, as well as best drama series, best drama series actor and best drama series actress.

Oh, and during the unveiling at the Beverly Hills Hilton, they also announced a slew of nominees in motion picture categories that Kruger called the "serious" stuff -- as opposed to the noms in two TV categories she'd had to tick off first, which must have really stuck in her throat.

Turns out that while the live, televised portion of the nominations reading orgy had begun at 8:37 a.m. EST, the name reading had actually started at 8:20 a.m. when Krasinski, Kruger and Timberlake took turns announcing noms in all the less glamorous, non-TV-worthy categories. You know: best foreign language film, best original song, best animated feature film, said Michael Russell, spokesman for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The comedy actress category was announced at 8:20.

Too bad the HFPA decided to thumb its nose at those comedy-series-actress nominees this year, because the comeback of broadcast-TV comedy is this year's big Globes story -- a story we're sure is playing well in the executive suites of broadcast-TV suits who have for years been subjected to the "comedy is dead" dronings of The Pundits Who Blather About Television.

The HFPA gave a nod to two freshman broadcast-comedy series -- ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee." In company with NBC's "30 Rock," which won this race last year, and "The Office," this represents a downright renaissance for broadcast comedy. Just one cable comedy, HBO's "Entourage," made the cut this year.

Those slighted nominees for best comedy-series actress, for instance, include Cox of ABC's frosh comedy "Cougar Town" and Michele of "Glee."

They're joined by last year's winner, Fey, of "30 Rock," Collette of Showtime's "United States of Tara" and Falco, who stars in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."

Meanwhile, "Glee" star Matthew Morrison is new to the comedy-actor race. Ditto HBO's "Hung" star Thomas Jane. Perennial trophy taker Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" is again nominated for a Globe in this category, as are Steve Carell of "The Office" and David Duchovny of Showtime's "Californication."


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