January 13, 2013

Golden Globes goofy -- but here are predictions anyway

KRISTI TURNQUIST, McClatchy Newspapers

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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
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Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler co-host Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony.



TWO GOLDEN GLOBE nominees have connections to Maine

Lamoine resident Steven Callahan served as marine consultant for the film "Life of Pi," which has been nominated for best motion picture: drama, best director (Ang Lee) and best original score: motion picture.

Glenn Close, a part-time resident of Prouts Neck near Scarborough, has been nominated for best actress in a TV drama for her role in "Damages."

BEST ACTOR -- TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Matt LeBlanc won last year for "Episodes," which seemed to amaze even him. The other nominees are Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Louis C.K. ("Louie") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). I'm thinking this comes down to whichever network gave the Globes voters the best party/swag/celeb photo op. It would be, however, delicious if Louis C.K. -- whose stubborn artistic integrity makes him as unlikely a Golden Globes honoree as I can imagine -- took it.

BEST ACTRESS -- TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Both Fey ("30 Rock") and Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") are nominated, which should make for banter fodder between the two of them. Of the rest -- Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") and Lena Dunham ("Girls") -- it's hard to say. Last year's winner, Laura Dern for "Enlightened," isn't nominated. My coin toss pick: Louis-Dreyfus, since Fey and Poehler might split the mainstream-funny vote, and Deschanel and Dunham the hip-funny vote.

BEST ACTOR -- SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: Here we have the most absurd category in the history of awards shows. Lumping together performers and projects as varied as Max Greenfield in "New Girl" and Mandy Patinkin in "Homeland" is insane even by Globes standards. The other nominees -- Ed Harris ("Game Change"), Danny Huston ("Magic City"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") -- just underscore that. I have no idea who'll win, but this gets the "Most Kooky" prize.

BEST ACTRESS -- SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: Good luck, Hayden Panettiere ("Nashville") -- who isn't supporting, but is a co-lead, for that matter -- Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife") Sarah Paulson ("Game Change") and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"). If Maggie Smith doesn't take this for "Downton Abbey," I'll do a spit-take in my teacup.

WHERE TO WATCH: "Countdown to the Red Carpet" features the celebs not famous enough to show up at the last minute or skip the red carpet altogether (5 p.m. Sunday, E!); "Live From the Red Carpet," brings that hard-hitting duo, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, asking stars the tough questions: i.e., "who are you wearing?" (6 p.m., E!); "Golden Globes Red Carpet Special," puts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales to work, trying to get people to watch the "Today" show again -- er, that is, talking to celebs about their outfits (7 p.m., NBC); and finally, "The Golden Globe Awards," with Fey and Poehler (8 p.m., NBC).


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