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GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS

Once again, the British make a strong showing

December 14, 2007|Lynn Smith | Times Staff Writer

The Golden Globe nominations appear to reflect the continuing British invasion of American television, with at least 16 nominations involving the United Kingdom and its actors.

Hugh Laurie was nominated for Fox's "House"; Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis and Samantha Morton for HBO's "Longford," and Ruth Wilson for PBS' "Jane Eyre." Jason Isaacs received a nod for "The State Within," as did James Nesbitt for "Jekyll," both of which were made in partnership between the BBC and BBC America.

Also nominated for best miniseries or TV movie were HBO's "Five Days," made with BBC films; "Longford"; and "The State Within." And let us not forget Showtime's "The Tudors," nominated for best dramatic television series.

But former Golden Globes winner Ricky Gervais said he doesn't see any "British invasion," even though his own series "Extras" (from HBO in association with the BBC) was nominated for best television comedy, he was nominated as the star, and one of his competitors is Steve Carell, star of a spinoff of Gervais' original "The Office."

Looking around the television landscape, he said, "There's Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie, me and Simon Cowell. That's only half an SAS [Special Air Services] team. We can't invade you with four."

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lynn.smith@latimes.com

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