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Boardwalk Empire And Modern Family Lead Golden Globe Nominees

The Golden Globe Award nominees were announced this morning-- you can find the full list here-- and as far as the TV Awards go, they managed to spread the love across a lot of different well-loved comedies and dramas. Boardwalk Empire had its first shot at awards glory since debuting earlier this fall and snagged a Best Drama nomination along with acting nods for stars Steve Buscemi and Kelly MacDonald. Another freshman drama, The Walking Dead, was also recognized in that top category, alongside regular favorites Dexter, Mad Men and The Good Wife.

The comedy category expanded to six for some reason, managing to include the under-the-radar Showtime hit The Big C alongside five more expected nominees-- 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family and Nurse Jackie. Notably absent was The Office, widely believed to be having a bit of a creative renaissance in its seventh season. As for acting nominations the biggest surprises were in the Best Actress, Drama category, where not only did Piper Perabo show up for Covert Affairs, but Katey Sagal snagged a nomination for Sons of Anarchy.

The Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories are particularly insane, because the Globes don't just lump together comedies and dramas here, but miniseries and TV movies as well. I have no idea how a person is supposed to judge Hope Davis's work as Hillary Clinton in The Special Relationship against Sofia Vergara on Modern Family, or David Strathairn in Temple Grandin against Chris Colfer on Glee. If I were in the Hollywood Foreign Press I'd probably just go with whoever I'd most want to have lunch with-- and this is why nobody lets me vote on awards

Check out all the TV nominees below, and share your favorite picks and snubs in the comments.

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

Boardwalk Empire

Dexter

The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C

Glee

Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Lea Michele, Glee

BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Carlos

The Pacific

Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don't Know Jack

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temle Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennier Love Hewitt, The Client List

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

David Straithairn, Temple Grandin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend