The movie categories grab most of the attention at the Golden Globes because people want Oscar signs.
But the Golden Globes usually do a pretty good job of acknowledging the most deserving nominees in television. The Globes are more savvy about the standout newcomers than the Emmys or the Screen Actors Guild.
The Globes' biggest oversight this year on the TV side? Lizzy Kaplan was snubbed for her breakthrough performance in "Masters of Sex." The good news: The Showtime series and star Michael Sheen are nominated.
Best TV Comedy or Musical: "The Big Bang Theory" is the most popular and the most deserving for a strong run of episodes. Can the CBS sitcom overtake Emmy favorite "Modern Family"? The other nominees are "Girls," "Parks and Recreation" and freshman entry "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
Best TV Drama: This contest seems a two-way race between the adored "Breaking Bad" and "The Good Wife," which is better than ever. The other three nominees are strong: "Downton Abbey," "House of Cards" and "Masters of Sex." But "Good Wife" is peaking at the right moment.
Best Actress in a TV Drama: The most welcome nomination this year is Tatiana Maslany's for her showy work in multiple roles on "Orphan Black." But any of the other nominees could win: Julianna Marguiles of "The Good Wife,"
Taylor Schilling of "Orange Is the New Black," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and
Robin Wright of "House of Cards."
Best Actress in a TV Comedy: Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep" is the strongest contender. (She is also nominated for top movie actress/comedy for "Enough Said.") But hosting the Globes could help Poehler triumph for "Parks and Recreation." The other nominees are Zooey Deschanel of "New Girl," Lena Dunham of "Girls" and Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie."
Best Actor in a TV Drama: Bryan Cranston looks like a lock for "Breaking Bad." The other nominees are Liev Schreiber of "Ray Donovan," Michael Sheen of "Masters of Sex," Kevin Spacey of "House of Cards" and James Spader of "The Blacklist."
Best Actor in a TV Comedy: Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the funniest contender, and that's why he should win. The other nominees are Jason Bateman of "Arrested Development," Don Cheadle of "House of Lies," Michael J. Fox of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and Andy Samberg of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: "Behind the Candelabra" cleaned up at the Emmys and should repeat at the Globes. The other hopefuls are "American Horror Story: Coven," "Dancing on the Edge, "Top of the Lake" and "White Queen."
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Helena Bonham Carter pulled off an astounding feat in playing Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor." She should have the edge over Rebecca Ferguson of "White Queen," Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story: Coven," Helen Mirren of "Phil Spector" and Elisabeth Moss of "Top of the Lake."
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Michael Douglas won the Emmy for playing Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra" and is likely to repeat at the Globes. The other hopefuls are Matt Damon of "Behind the Candelabra," Chiwetel Ejiofor of "Dancing on the Edge," Idris Elba of "Luther" and Al Pacino of "Phil Spector."
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie: Monica Potter had the most dramatic plot on "Parenthood" and will probably win. She faces Jacqueline Bisset of "Dancing on the Edge," Janet McTeer of "White Queen," Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville" and Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family."
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie: Often the biggest star wins, and in this case that would be Oscar-winner Jon Voight of "Ray Donovan." But Josh Charles of "The Good Wife" and Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" are deserving. The other nominees are Rob Lowe of "Behind the Candelabra" and Corey Stoll of "House of Cards."