Will the gangsters of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ be supplying the booze for this year’s Golden Globe party?

Globe voters love to be the first to honor new television programs and HBO’s Prohibition-period drama might be welcomed with open arms. Based on just the past decade alone, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have nominated other historical dramas like “Mad Men,” “The Tudors,” “Rome” and “Deadwood.”  Of that group, only “Mad Men” has won the top drama series trophy (2007, 2008, 2009), so “Boardwalk Empire” winning the Globe actually might be more difficult than getting the nomination.

HBO has poured tons of money into “Boardwalk Empire” so the network fully needs and expects awards support to keep the show profitable.  Also on the plus side, Globe voters have shown great love to executive producer Martin Scorsese over the past 30+ years with seven directing nominations and two wins (as well as the Cecil B. DeMille life achievement award).

The only other strong possibility for a nomination is for star Steve Buscemi, who was nominated as Supporting Film Actor for “Ghost World” in 2002. The lead drama actor category, however, is filled to the brim with previous nominees like Simon Baker (“The Mentalist”), Gabriel Byrne (“In Treatment”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Hugh Laurie (“House M.D.”) and Bill Paxton (“Big Love”). A Buscemi nomination in this tough field would be a very important sign toward future Emmy prospects.

Photo: Cast of “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

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