HBO Leads Golden Globe Nominations

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HBO garnered the lion's share of 2011 Golden Globes television nominations announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

The pay service pulled in 18 nominations, including four acknowledgments for its original movie Mildred Pierce, the most for any television show, according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Pierce was nominated for best mini-series or motion picture made for television along with HBO films Cinema Verite and Too Big To Fail, as well as PBS' Downtown Abbey and BBC America's The Hour.

Showtime garnered eight nominations, including a best drama series nod for Homeland. The terrorist-themed series will compete in a cable exclusive category with three other freshman shows - Fx's American Horror Story; HBO's Game Of Thrones and Starz's Boss -- as well as HBO's sophomore show Boardwalk Empire.

Cable also swept the best actor in a drama series category, with Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad); Kelsey Grammer (Boss); Jeremy Irons (Showtime's The Borgias) and Damian Lewis (Homeland) vying for top honors.

In the best actress in a drama series category, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies will compete against actresses starring in freshman series Homeland (Claire Danes); AMC's The Killing (Mireille Enos); ABC's Revenge (Madeleine Stowe) and USA Network's Necessary Roughness (Callie Thorne.)

Showtime's comedy series Episodes will battle for Best Comedy Television Series honors with HBO's Enlightened, Fox's Glee and New Girl; and ABC's Modern Family. Episodes series star Matt LeBlanc is up for the best actor in a comedy award along with network stablemate David Duchovny (Californication), Thomas Jane (HBO's Hung), Alec Baldwin (NBC's 30 Rock) and Johnny Galecki (CBS' The Big Bang Theory).
Laura Linney (Showtime's The Big C) will defend her best actress in a comedy series honor against Laura Dern (HBO's Enlightened); Zooey Deshanel (New Girl); Tina Fey (30 Rock); and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

Peter Dinklage will look to add an Golden Globe to his 2010 Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game Of Thrones. Dinklage is up for the Globe's best male supporting actor award in a series, mini-series or tele-film award against Paul Giamatti (HBO's Too Big To Fail); Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce); Tim Robbins (Cinema Verite) and Eric Stone Street (Modern Family).

Kelly McDonald (Boardwalk Empire); Jessica Lange (American Horror Story); Maggie Smith (PBS' Downtown Abbey); Sofia Vergara (Modern Family); and Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce) will all vie for top honors in the best supporting actress in a series mini-series or TV movie category.

NBC will air the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15. Click here for a full list of 2012 Golden Globe nominees.