I suppose it's true that when I made my Golden Globes predictions yesterday and only included the film awards, that was a slight against television. I didn't mean it to be. It's just as enjoyable to watch deserving TV professionals get honored for their work as it is for movie stars. Some of the most memorable Globe moments, in fact, have emerged from the TV awards, from Lena Dunham thanking Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for getting her through middle school, to the time Christine Lahti won for Chicago Hope and was in the bathroom, to the time Ving Rhames tried to force his award upon a flummoxed Jack Lemmon.
There's just less of a sense of import for the TV awards because they don't have the effect on the Emmys that the film awards seem to have (even if it's just a fairy dust/fugazi/McConaughey effect) on the Oscars. Winning a Golden Globe TV award means ... just that.
Still, it's kind of fun picking the Globe TV awards because, even moreso than the film awards, they can be really easy to predict. I realize just by saying that, I'm opening myself up to a hilariously terrible showing on Sunday, but it's true. The Globes love new things more than anything else. Last year saw wins for Girls, Lena Dunham, and Don Cheadle (House of Lies), all after their first seasons. The previous year, all four acting winners (Claire Danes, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, and Laura Dern) plus Best Drama Homeland were all on their first seasons. The previous year, it was Laura Linney, Steve Buscemi, and Boardwalk Empire. You get the idea.