One of the biggest shockers at last week’s Golden Globes ceremony came in the TV category for Best Drama Actress, when Katey Sagal knocked out her competition to win the first major award for FX’s underrated, gritty biker drama “Sons of Anarchy.”
Only one of Gold Derby’s editors (Darrin Dortch) picked her for the win, which saw her beating out last year’s Globe winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) this year’s reigning Emmy champ Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), and two newcomers to the Globes: Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”).
While Sagal is no stranger to the HFPA ceremony (she was nominated four times for “Married With Children,” from 1991-1994), she has yet to be invited to the Emmys as a nominee.
Does a Globe win guarantee her a lock for the upcoming Emmy awards? “Sons of Anarchy” fans should remain hopeful, but hesitant.
Just two years ago, Anna Paquin won the Golden Globe for HBO’s “True Blood.” Despite that win, Paquin has yet to be nominated by the TV academy for playing Sookie Stackhouse. Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) won at the Globes in 1995 but had to wait till the following year for an Emmy nomination. She lost that bid to Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”) but prevailed in 1997.
As the fierce biker matriarch on “Anarchy,” Sagal stands out in true dramatic fashion. She screams, she shoots, she connives – at one point, she even held a gun to a baby’s head! These are all things that’d normally earn an actress a statuette, so what do the Emmys have against her?
Perhaps the Lead Drama Actress field is just too crowded. Or maybe there’s an unfair bias against the raunchy 90s sitcom she starred in for 10 years (which might also explain why “Married” star Ed O’Neil failed to get an Emmy nod last year for “Modern Family,” despite all of his adult co-stars earning nominations).
Whatever the case, Sagal is well-liked in the industry, and this Globe win will help to get her name out there. And hey, if she gets overlooked for this role, there’s still a chance for an Emmy nomination of a different sort: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her continuing work on the animated series “Futurama.”
Can anyone say versatile?