How will Golden Globes influence Emmys?

It wasn’t enough that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. saved “Enlightened” from cancellation by nominating it for Best Comedy Series. Now leading lady Laura Dern has emerged as an early frontrunner for an Emmy following her surprise Golden Globe win.

Dern bested the frontrunner — newcomer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl“) — as well as previous Emmy contenders Tina Fey (“30 Rock“), Laura Linney (“The Big C“) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“). This is Dern’s third Globe after previously taking it for telefilms “Recount” (2008) and “Afterburn” (1992). Dern was Emmy-nominated for both of those performances but lost both times. 

Comedy Actor champ Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”) lost his Emmy bid last September to Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) who wasn’t even nominated by the Globes this year, although he won this race last year. LeBlanc plays an exaggerated version of himself on the Showtime laffer. This win could propel him to his first Emmy; he lost several bids for “Friends.” 

After being bested by “Glee” for the past two years, “Modern Family” finally has a Comedy Series Globe to go with its two Emmys. It could very well three-peat at TV’s top honors. 

On the drama side, the Globes welcomed only newcomers. “Homeland” captured both the Best Drama Series and Actress awards. Claire Danes is a safe bet to win the Emmy for the Showtime thriller. “Homeland” beat last year’s champ “Boardwalk Empire” and first-timers “Game of Thrones,” “American Horror Story” and “Boss” but will face “Mad Men” at the next Emmys. 

Boss” can boast of a win for five-time Emmy champ Kesley Grammer. Best known for his comedic role on “Frasier,” Grammer’s powerhouse turn as the mayor of Chicago will give Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad“) a run for his money at this year’s Emmys.

Jessica Lange‘s campy, scene-chewing performance on “American Horror Story” won her the Best Supporting Actress television honor. She’s almost certain to follow up with an Emmy win for the FX drama.

And the upcoming second season of fantasy series “Game of Thrones” could give newly crowned Globe champ Peter Dinklage a chance to repeat at the Emmys. 

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