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Premium and long-running subscription cable channel HBO snatched up, by far, the most recognition of any network in the Golden Globes' television race, on Thursday, where it received a total of 22 nominations, including 5 for its new psychiatric drama series, In Treatment.
Warner Bros. came out ahead of the rest of the major film studios, scoring 11 nominations for movies, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which landed the nomination for best film drama.
Golden Globe nominations and awards can be incredibly valuable things, as each of them - particularly getting the award itself - is likely to drive audiences to television networks and into the box offices. High acclaim can also lead to dramatically higher sales of products such as DVDs and other merchandising, so the networks and studios, alike, compete for the awards.
Just over half of HBO's nominations came from a set of fact-based entries in the long-form production categories; John Adams, a seven-part story of the second U.S. President; political drama Recount; and Bernard and Doris, which tells the story of a wealthy tobacco heiress and her homosexual butler.
Each of the three were nominated as best mini-series or TV movie, while garnering multiple acting bids for their big-name stars, including Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney for John Adams, Kevin Spacey and Laura Dern for Recount, and also Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon in Bernard and Doris.
After being shut out of the prestigious Emmy race for best drama series, HBO reasserted itself by claiming two of the five nominations in the Golden Globes contest, on Thursday - one for In Treatment, and one for a new vampire drama known as True Blood.
Overall, In Treatment received the most nominations with five nods, including a bid for best actor for Irish star Gabriel Byrne, due to his performance as the brooding psychotherapist that is as troubled as many as his patients.
HBO even took three nominations for their show, Entourage, including one for best overall comedy.
Rival subscription cable channel Showtime, owned by CBS Corp., was the number two winner for nominations for Golden Globes, receiving eight nominations in all. The broadcasting group picked up two from both Dexter, a tale of a serial killer who uses his skills to stop other would-be serial killers, and Californication, a show about an oversexed Hollywood writer.
Basic cable network AMC, part of Cablevision Systems Corp., tied ABC with five nominations, including three bids for 1960s-era advertising-themed Mad Men, which also won the last Golden Globe and Emmy awards for best drama.
Studio giant Warner Bros., a part of Time Warner, Inc., was followed closely by Universal Pictures, a part of the NBC Universal media division of General Electric Co., who took nine nominations from movies that included Frost/Nixon.