Here Are Our Picks For Who Will Win, And (More Importantly) Who Should Win The Major Golden Globes' Television Awards This Year:
Best Actor DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking BadMichael Sheen, Masters of SexKevin Spacey, House of CardsJames Spader, The BlacklistLiev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Will Win: Bryan CranstonShould Win: Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston punctuated his run on Breaking Bad with an astounding mix of vulnerability and ferocity, and more than deserves the Globe for his final ten performances as Walter White. It would almost be a sin to give the award to anyone else this year.
Best Actress DramaJulianne Margulies, The Good WifeKerry Washington, ScandalTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackRobin Wright, House of CardsTaylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Will Win: Julianna MarguliesShould Win: Tatiana MaslanyIf the Golden Globes were purely a numbers game, then Tatinana Maslany would win the Globe without contest for playing multiple of clones on Orphan Black, but what's really special about her performance is the craft and care she put into each character as she imbues each clone with different characteristics, accents and mannerisms that almost magically make them feel like separate characters.
Best Actor ComedyJason Bateman, Arrested DevelopmentDon Cheadle, House of LiesMichael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox ShowJim Parsons, The Big Bang TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Will Win: Jim ParsonsShould Win: Jason BatemnanBateman has long played the straight man in his family of dysfunctional nit-wits on Arrested Development, and when Netflix revived the series for a long-awaited fourth season, the actor deftly slipped into this role again with ease. It's unfortunate, then, that The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons will probably come away with the award.
Best Actress ComedyZooey Deschanel, New Girl Lena Dunham, Girls Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepAmy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Will Win: Lena DunhamShould Win: Amy PoehlerLena Dunham is fantastic as the dippy and dream seeking Brooklynite Hannah Horvath, but Amy Pohler's Leslie Knope is even better as the sheer force of joy that lies at the center of the hilarious Parks and Recreation. Plus, the fact that Amy has never won the award which should be considered a war crime.
Best Supporting ActressHayden Panetierre, NashvilleJacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the EdgeJanet McTeer, White QueenMonica Potter, ParenthoodSofia Vergara, Modern Family
Will Win: Sofia VergaraShould Win: Monica PotterParenthood, NBC's little drama that could, has long deserved some attention from the award's circuit, but last season saw the show take on the topic of breast cancer with an incredible amount of weight and sincerity. It would be unforgivable not to award the show some recognition, and Monica Potter's Kristina Braverman carried the aformentioned storyline with grace and soul-shattering pathos.
Best Mini-Series or TV MovieAmerican Horror Story: CovenBehind the CandelabraDancing on the EdgeTop of LakeWhite Queen
Will Win: Behind the CandelabraShould Win: Top of the LakeTop of the Lake took the small town murder mystery in strange and darkly beautiful directions, and should take home the golden trophy, but Behind the Candelabra is certainly the more high profile nominee, and will probably take home the prize.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryModern FamilyGirlsBrooklyn Nine-NineParks and Recreation
Will Win: Parks and RecreationShould Win: Parks and RecreationThe prospect for a sixth season of Parks and Recreation are looking grimmer than ever, so if there were ever a time to award the drama, now is definitely it. We're thinking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be feeling a little guilty for overlooking this wonderful comedy series for all these years. It doesn't hurt that Parks and Rec is the funniest, and most consistent comedy on the list.
Best DramaBreaking BadDownton AbbeyHouse CardsMasters of SexThe Good Wife
Will Win: Breaking BadShould Win: Breaking BadBreaking Bad ended its fifth season with a swaggering confidence, and delivered one of the most exciting and sure-footed finales in recent television history. It will win this category with ease, and duly deserves the honor without question.
Whether or not Parenthood comes back next season (NBC chief Bob Greenblatt said earlier this month that the network is "hopeful" for its return, and oh man, so am I) the writers of the beloved little-series-that-should certainly covered their bases and treated the Season 4 finale like a series finale. You know, just in case.
Now, whether or not this was a full-fledged goodbye to the tight-knit Braverman clan (the last moments felt awfully reminiscent of Jason Katims' other beloved, underrated series Friday Night Lights' send-off) or just a see you later, loose ends were tied up, lovers were reunited, and happy news was shared. Here's how it all went down and — worst case scenario, if this is it — if it was a satisfying farewell. Let's break it down, Braverman by Braverman.
Kristina and Adam: My goodness, is there a more adorable husband on TV right now than Adam Braverman? Always by Kristina's side during her cancer treatments, and then surprising her with a much-deserved trip to Hawaii, he's quickly climbed the ranks in the Katims Husband Hall of Fame. (Coach Taylor is still No. 1.) Of course, the best thing to happen to Kristina and Adam last night was the wonderful news that she was, at long last, cancer-free. Happy ugly cries for all! And listen up, Emmy voters, just in case this show doesn't come back doesn't mean you can have short-term memory loss about Monica Potter's brave, brilliant performance this year.
Jasmine and Crosby: The intrusive mother-in-law storyline lost steam about two weeks ago, but things were finally patched up between the three (c'mon, this is the Bravermans, like they could ever hold a grudge) when Jasmine and Crosby announced Jabbar would soon have a little brother or sister. D'aww.
Joel and Julia: If anybody deserved to be cut a break this season, it was these two. It was bad enough they had a terrible biological child (Syndey, look around you. What could possibly be your damage in these surroundings?), but then they got placed with a terrible foster child (Victor, look around you. What could possibly be your damage in those surroundings?). While Sydney seems like a lost cause, Victor magically got his act together, wanted to be adopted and started calling them Mom and Dad by episode's end. Sappy and rushed? Sure. But, at least if the show comes back next year we'll all be able to put up with Victor.
Sarah and Mark and Hank: Ugh, Sarah. I mean, I guess every family needs an illogical, self-destructive screw-up. And now that Crosby has his act together, Sarah can take the ranks. But, still, ugh. Who picks the human equivalent of Droopy Dog and looks like Ray Romano over the sweet, sensitive, safe, forgiving, handsome guy who looks like Jason Ritter? Sarah, that's who. Mark was willing to take her back after all the Hank drama, but she still picked Hank. This despite the fact that he's a total Debbie Downer, with baggage to boot. Unbeknownst that he is the chosen one, Hank drops the bomb on Sarah that he's moving to be near his daughter, and invites Sarah to come along. We don't know what Sarah winds up doing, but if she ends up alone, it sorta serves her right. Team Mr. Cyr.
Amber and Ryan: At least Sarah's daughter has begun to make wise romantic choices as she's gotten older. The adorable couple (Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria are a match made in TV heaven) had a tearful reunion that paid off in a big way. Come on Season 5, we need another wedding!
Drew: Aw, Drew. The poor kid barely gets cut a break on this show, let alone paid any attention by the writers (or his relatives). The kid needed some good news thrown his way (especially after the trauma he experience when he and his girlfriend Amy had an abortion) and got it when he found out he was accepted to Berkeley. And hey, you got way more airtime last night than Zeke, Camille, and Max combined. Drew Holt!
See you soon, Bravermans. If not for a new season, then at least revisiting you with DVD marathons. Until then, thanks for all laughs, the memories, and so, so, so many tears.
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Dry your eyes, pop culture fanatics, you made it through the 10 saddest moments in movies from the past year. Sadly, (and we really want to emphasize that) we're going to remind you of the 10 moments on television that made you totally lose it. On the bright side, at least you can cry over your favorite TV shows from the comfort of your own home! From shocking character deaths to heartbreaking discoveries, TV really turned up the waterworks quotient this year. But, don't be cry for too long. To spare you (and your non-waterproof mascara) we threw in a few happy tears moments, too. Brace yourselves, there are MAJOR SPOILERS and MAJOR SADNESS ahead in the top 10 tearjerker TV moments from 2012.
The Walking Dead:
We spent Season 2 being bored to tears by The Walking Dead, so imagine our surprise when we spent Season 3 crying actual tears. For Lori. Let that one sink it. We're still trying to do the same with Lori's (Sarah Wayne Callies) stunningly sad death, in which her own son Carl (Chandler Riggs) had to put her out of misery after a C-section.
It became more and more apparent as Season 5 went on that things weren't going to end well for poor Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), but no one ever imagined it would be so damn depressing. After Don (Jon Hamm) found out about Lane's embezzlement scheme, he asked him to resign, but Lane left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in a much more harrowing fashion: he hung himself in his office. It's an image no Mad Men fan will ever be able to shake.
NBC's underrated gem of a drama is always a reliable go-to show when you need a good cry. But this season, it's been a reliable go-to when you need a full-on ugly cry. When Kristina (a seriously Emmy-worthy Monica Potter) discovered she has breast cancer, she had to break the terrible news to her family, starting with her husband Adam (Peter Krause), who could tell with just one look that it was everything they hoped it wasn't. Still, even at her worst, Kristina has continually put the brave in Braverman this season.
When Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) died on Grey's Anatomy, it was heartbreaking. He had just professed his love for Lexie (Chyler Leigh), only to watch her die. After she died, he clung to life long enough to make it back to Seattle Grace Mercy West to say goodbye to his daughter and all of his friends. Then, he joined his soul mate in death. — Sydney Bucksbaum
Kurt (Chris Colfer) finally worked up the nerve to start forgiving Blaine (Darren Criss) for cheating on him. He called Blaine; you could see the relief in the latter's face when Kurt offered Blaine the chance for a mature conversation over Christmas break. And then, to cap it all off, they exchanged tearful "I love yous," proving there might still be hope left for these two soul mates. — Sydney Bucksbaum
The Vampire Diaries:
Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) was forced to transition into a vampire-vampire-hunter, he made the choice to not complete the process so his friends would be safe, knowing he would die. He shared one last bottle of whiskey with his friend Damon, and passed peacefully... that is, until a possessed Bonnie (Kat Graham) swooped in at the last minute to complete the process for him. After he died permanently, he showed up as a ghost to say his final goodbye to Jeremy, telling him he has to be the man of the house. Alaric made one more surprise cameo at the beginning of this season, invisible to everyone including Damon (Ian Somerhalder). He sat next to Damon, listening to him rant about being left alone, and summed everything up in one simple sentence: "I miss you too, buddy." — Sydney Bucksbaum
Sons of Anarchy:
The death of Jax Teller’s best friend Opie (Ryan Hurst) was one of the most brutal, heartbreaking deaths in the series history, and probably TV history. Not only did Opie sacrifice himself for the club, submitting to a prison brawl orchestrated by the warden in which multiple inmates are allowed to beat him to death, but we saw every second of it. Left to defend himself with only a lead pipe, Opie is quickly brought to his knees, killed by the final screen-center blow to the back of the head while Jax watches from the next room. No amount of tears could wash that image from an SoA fan’s mind. — Kelsea Stahler
The legendary (and long awaited) “Virtual Systems Analysis” episode of Community sent viewers full-force into the brain of Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), which is at once hilarious, horrifying, and heartbreaking. When the conclusion of the episode landed Abed into a manifestation of his biggest fears — recalling memories of his time being ostracized, bullied, and shoved into lockers during his middle school days — the oft masked inner pain of the character was revealed vividly. Abed’s psychological journey reminded us that no matter how old we grow or how far we go, the children within us — and all the sadness we earned in childhood — will follow us diligently throughout, just aching to take over whenever something frightening or hurtful happens.” — Michael Arbeiter
The stellar Season 3 of Louie could make us laugh until we cried (i.e. the doll scene in the finale), but sometimes the groundbreaking show just plain broke our hearts. When Louie (Louis C.K.) went on his date with Liz/Tape Recorder (the brilliant Parker Posey) in "Daddy's Girlfriend, Pt. 2", it became apparent she is someone who is suffering. When they finally make it to the roof, she tells a worried Louie "The only way I'd fall is if I jumped. That's why you're afraid to come over here. Because a part of you wants to jump, because it'd be so easy. But I don't want to jump. I'd never do that. I'm having too good of a time." But its obvious, from the sadness and desperation in her eyes, she's thought about it. She's always thinking about it. The scene is even sadder when you know what eventually happens to her character at the end of the season.
Parks and Recreation:
See! Like we promised, it's not all super sad stuff. Who didn't cry the happiest of happy tears when Sexy Elf King Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) proposed to the world's greatest human ever Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)? She didn't want to forget a single moment of the romantic surprise, and neither did we.
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