December 15th, 2009
05:13 PM ET
We don't mean to exclude this morning's television nominees! Showtimes "Dexter" picked up three nods: Best Television Series – Drama, a lead actor nomination for Michael C. Hall and a supporting actor nod for John Lithgow. It's the fourth straight year the HFPA has nominated Hall for playing the forensics expert/serial killer, and he was thrilled for himself, his co-star, and the show: "Thanks to the HFPA for this collective and individual recognition. I'm very gratified that John received an individual nomination as well. His performance as Trinity is an instant classic."
HBO's "Big Love" is also up for the best drama series prize, and its star, Bill Paxton, will square off against Hall for lead actor. Paxton, too, was generous with his praise: "It's such a great honor to be nominated this morning. I'm so proud of this past season of 'Big Love,' and am thrilled to share the nominations with our loyal cast and crew. A special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their support. Your organization has championed us from the very beginning. We really are a family and without my three beautiful wives I would not have made it on this short list of actors so I truly do share this with Jeanne, Ginnifer and Chloe."
Some nominees were more succinct in their statements. Hugh Laurie of "House," also up for best actor in a drama, said merely "I feel very honored, and very very lucky." Of course, it's not just luck: he's won twice before. Another two-time Globes winner, Alec Baldwin, is nominated again on the comedy side for "30 Rock," and was equally brief: "I'm grateful for anything that helps the show."
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