This year’s Best Drama Series race at the Golden Globes will likely feature shows about Atlantic City gangsters (“Boardwalk Empire“), meth manufacturers (“Breaking Bad“), Chicago lawyers (“The Good Wife“) and a haunted house (“American Horror Story“). But is there any room for a gritty biker gang?
Viewers and critics just can’t get enough of “Sons of Anarchy,” the popular FX drama in its final run of episodes from its spectacular fourth season. The show’s ratings are quite impressive for a long-running basic cable series. Ken Tucker (Entertainment Weekly) just declared “Hands” as “the best episode of a very strong season.” Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. take note of the show’s success?
In the 2010 race for Best Drama Actress, “Sons of Anarchy” scene-stealer Katey Sagal was the underdog. She was competing against prominent leading ladies Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), but prevailed for playing biker chick Gemma Teller. She had contended unsuccessfully four previous times for her comedic work on “Married with Children” (1991-1994).
Sagal’s victory was the first serious awards recognition for “Sons of Anarchy.” Over the course of its first three seasons, the Globes and Emmys only recognized the show once each. The Emmys nominated the series for Best Main Title Theme Music in 2009 (it lost to “Great Performances” composer John Williams).
Now that “Sons of Anarchy” is a Golden Globe winner, more nominations could follow, especially as the show is at its peak creatively. There is precedence for this at the Globes. Hugh Laurie (“House“) reaped two victories as Best Drama Actor (2006, 2007) before his show was finally nominated in 2008. And with three-time champ “Mad Men” out of the running thanks to the show’s lengthy hiatus, that leaves at least one slot open in the race for Best Drama Series. Could this be SAMCRO’s year?
Below, watch Katey Sagal accept her 2010 Golden Globe for “Sons of Anarchy.” Clearly even the awards producers thought Sagal would lose — just look how far back they sat her.