That annual foray into folly, the Golden Globe Awards, announced their nominees Thursday.
Yup, those foreign, non-English speaking journalists, many of whom have no background in covering film or TV, make their picks for the best English-language film and TV. Makes a lot of sense that this is called the precursor for the Oscars.
On the movie side, "The Dark Knight," the second-highest grossing domestic film in history, nabbed just one nomination, a Best Supporting Actor nod for the late Heath Ledger.
Here's the list for the TV side:
TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
"In Treatment" (HBO)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"True Blood" (HBO)
TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne - "In Treatment"
Michael C. Hall - "Dexter"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - "The Tudors"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Sally Field - "Brothers And Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay - "Law And Order: Special Victims Unit"
January Jones - "Mad Men"
Anna Paquin - "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate - "Samantha Who?"
America Ferrera - "Ugly Betty"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Debra Messing - "The Starter Wife"
Mary-Louise Parker - "Weeds"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"
Steve Carell - "The Office"
Kevin Connelly - "Entourage"
David Duchovny - "Californication"
Tony Shalhoub - "Monk"
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
"A Raisin in the Sun" - Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment
"Bernard and Doris" - Trigger Street Independent Productions in association with Little Bird and Chicago Films and HBO Films
"Cranford" - A Co-Production of BBC and WGBH Boston.
"John Adams" - Playtone in association with HBO Films
"Recount" - Spring Creek/Mirage Productions in association with Trigger Street Productions, Everyman Pictures and HBO Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Ralph Fiennes - "Bernard and Doris"
Paul Giamatti - "John Adams"
Kevin Spacey - " Recount"
Kiefer Sutherland - "24: Redemption"
Tom Wilkinson - "Recount"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Judi Dench - "Cranford"
Catherine Keener - "An American Crime"
Laura Linney - "John Adams"
Shirley Maclaine - "Coco Chanel"
Susan Sarandon - "Bernard And Doris"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Eileen Atkins - "Cranford"
Laura Dern - "Recount"
Melissa George - "In Treatment"
Rachel Griffiths - "Brothers And Sisters"
Dianne Wiest - "In Treatment"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Neil Patrick Harris - "How I Met Your Mother"
Denis Leary - "Recount"
Jeremy Piven - "Entourage"
Blair Underwood - "In Treatment"
Tom Wilkinson - "John Adams"
Some notable absentees: Anyone or anything associated with the series "Lost," Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," and any cast members from "Raisin In The Sun," spring to mind, as well as the supporting performers for "Mad Men." No love for "Pushing Daisies," either. Oh, and not a single peep for "The Shield." I could go on and on....
Of course, this is the awards program that pretty much ignores supporting cast members, lumping nominees from dramas, comedies and movies/miniseries into a single category. So, you get Tom Wilkinson's Ben Franklin from "John Adams" squaring off with Neil Patrick Harris' Barney Stinson of "HIMYM." Yup, apples-to-apples comparison there.
The Globes continue to decline every year, and this year is no different.
BSG UPDATE: Jonesing for TV's most underrated series? Well, you can get a taste of "Battlestar Galactica" beginning today if you check out the first of 10 webisodes on scifi.com. The webisodes center on Felix Gaeta. BSG returns with its final episodes beginning Jan. 16.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The networks have pretty much given themselves over to the holidays tonight, but cable still has some new dramatic offerings with "The Starter Wife" (USA, 10 p.m.) and Sci Fi's "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Sanctuary."
On Saturday, the Heisman Trophy is presented (memo to the football gods: Please, please ANYONE but Tim Tebow.) on ESPN at 8 p.m. That's followed by "The Greatest Game Ever Played" at 9 p.m., a two-hour celebration of the 1958 NFL Championship between the NY Giants and Baltimore Colts. On "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 11:30 p.m.), Hugh Laurie is the host and Kanye West is the musical guest.
On Sunday, it's the interminably long "Survivor" finale (CBS, 8 p.m.) on the networks, while Showtime offers the season finales to "Dexter" and "Californication" starting at 9 p.m., following a new "Brotherhood." On HBO, the network airs the conclusion to "House of Saddam" at 9 p.m., immediately following the repeat of Part 1 at 7 p.m.