By Paula Hendrickson
As a big-time Gleek, I’m actually excited that the Hollywood Foreign Press has recognized Fox’s surprise hit, Glee, with four Golden Globe nominations this year, including best Comedy/Musical Series. How refreshing that a musical is finally contending in that category. What was the last musical that was nominated—a ’70s variety show, perhaps?
OK, to be fair, 30 Rock is in the same category again this year, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) is constantly bursting into song.
Granted, the Globes aren’t without controversy—a handful of voters, a dubious history (anyone remember Pia Zadora winning a Golden Globe for some forgettable film back in the ’80s?), inebriated acceptance speeches—but they often set the tone for the awards season to come. Of course, the Emmys don’t roll around again for about eight-and-a-half months.
Matthew Morrison, who plays glee club adviser Will Schuester, is in the running for a Golden Globe as Best Lead Actor in a Comedy, while Lea Michele (as glee club standout Rachel) is up for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy. And Jane Lynch received a supporting actress Globe nomination for her role as the devious cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
The Screen Actors Guild also recently recognized the entire cast of Glee by nominating them for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. They’ll compete for the honor against equally-great casts from 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family and The Office. What’s really special about the SAGs is that it’s actors, not journalists, who nominate and vote for their peers.
That ensemble nomination was Glee’s only SAG nod, but that’s not a bad thing. I believe SAG is the only major award that has an ensemble category. With a series like Glee, which depends on a large cast of characters playing—and singing — well together, that strikes me as the most appropriate category for the show.
Given such tough competition in both awards shows, I know Glee might not walk away the winner like the show’s glee club did when they went to Sectionals. Winning a major award might not even match the excitement of the performances that thrilled fans so far this season and got the show choir into Regionals.
I’m elated to see Glee gaining more recognition. It’s a bright, fun and wildly-entertaining series that deserves to be counted among the best television shows on the air. That’s why everyone I know is sick of me telling them they have to watch Glee. Maybe now that the show is up for some major awards, I won’t have to sing its praises so loudly…but I probably still will.
• The Golden Globes will air on NBC at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.
• The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on TNT, at 7 p.m., Saturday Jan. 23, 2010.
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, Television Week and TVGuide. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Dec. 23-29, 2009 issue