Cable’s programming class of 2003 was well represented among Golden Globe nominations, as the industry has an entry in every category, while Home Box Office racked up the most of any network with 20.
FX’s plastic-surgery drama, Nip/Tuck, joined HBO’s Six Feet Under in the battle for best drama series, along with Fox’s 24, CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NBC’s The West Wing.
Cable has better odds in the musical or comedy-series categories with USA Network’s Monk, BBC America’s The Office and HBO’s Sex and the City all in the hunt. Their competition: Fox’s Arrested Development and NBC’s Will & Grace.
Nip/Tuck’s Joely Richardson has also been honored with a nomination for actress in a drama, where she’ll vie with Frances Conroy from Six Feet Under.
Michael Chiklis from FX’s The Shield, who copped the Golden Globe for actor in a drama last year, gets a chance to repeat, squaring off against the following quartet: Keifer Sutherland from 24, William Petersen from CSI, Martin Sheen from West Wing and Anthony LaPaglia from CBS’ Without a Trace.
On the comedy side, Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica and Bitty Schram from USA Network’s Monk are in the actress mix, while Ricky Gervais from The Office will try to unseat Tony Shalhoub, who has again been nominated for his obsessive-compulsive detective turn in Monk.
The industry will chalk up a winner in the miniseries or movie made-for-television category with HBO claiming three entries -- Angels in America, My House in Umbria and Normal -- while Showtime had the remaining two with Soldier’s Girl and Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.
Cable is also a shoo-in the actor and actresses, miniseries or TV movie areas, garnering all five nominees in both categories.
On the distaff side, Judy Davis and Helen Mirren are representing Showtime for their roles in The Reagans and Mrs. Stone, respectively. Their competition comes from the HBO camp: Jessica Lange for Normal, Maggie Smith in My House in Umbria and Meryl Streep in Angels in America.
As for the men, Antonio Banderas (HBO’s And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself), Tom Wilkinson (Normal), Al Pacino (Angels in America), James Brolin (The Reagans) and Troy Garity (Soldier's Girl) were nominated.
The industry also appears to be in pretty good stead for supporting actors and actresses in those regards, with four of the five nominees in each.
Where the men are concerned, Golden Globe nominations went to Lee Pace for Soldier’s Girl and Jeffrey Wright, Ben Shenkman and Patrick Wilson for Angels in America.
Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all garnered nominations for Sex and the City, while Mary-Louise Parker grabbed one for Angels in America.
All told, HBO’s Angels set the pace with seven nominations.