Conventional Wisdom: Combine the nomination of these three "Desperate Housewives" with the nod for Nicollette Sheridan for best supporting actress, and this crew has matched "Sex and the City" as the only show ever with four Golden Globe nominations for acting in a single year. However, the problem looms that the "Desperate Housewives" vote will be divided, clearing the way for another accolade and final goodbye for Parker's HBO sensation.
Best Actor, TV Musical or Comedy
The Nominees: Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"; Zach Braff, "Scrubs"; Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; Matt LeBlanc, "Joey"; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"; Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"
Conventional Wisdom: Globe voters didn't honor Braff for the sleeper hit "Garden State," but that might earn him some points here. LeBlanc's show met with declining ratings. David's cult hit might have that foreign appeal that made Ricky Gervais of "The Office" a winner last year.
Best Supporting Actress, TV
The Nominees: Drea de Matteo, "The Sopranos"; Anjelica Huston, "Iron Jawed Angels"; Nicollette Sheridan, "Desperate Housewives"; Charlize Theron, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"; Emily Watson, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"
Conventional Wisdom: De Matteo's death scene and her dalliance with Tony were the most talked about moments of last season's "Sopranos." Sheridan, however, stole so many scenes that producers on "Desperate Housewives" had to expand her role as America's favorite neighborhood tart.
Best Supporting Actor, TV
The Nominees: Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"; Michael Imperioli, "The Sopranos"; Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"; Oliver Platt, "Huff"; William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
Conventional Wisdom: After winning this category in 2000, Hayes has been nominated every year since. Even if he never wins again, he's sure to join TV's pantheon of wacky neighbors, and the "always-a-bridesmaid" status might suit his TV persona. Jeremy Piven, as the consummate showbiz insider on HBO's new comedy, might be just the sort of Hollywood insider that either nauseates or amuses real-life Hollywood insiders. We may soon find out.