The good press keeps coming for "Heroes," the hit NBC television series that follows the lives of a diverse group of individuals, all of whom possess some sort of extra normal power. The series was today honored with two Golden Globe Nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in the "Best Television Series - Drama" category as well as a nomination for actor Masi Oka, who plays Hiro, in the category "Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television" (whew!).
"Heroes" has some tough competition in the "Best Television Series - Drama" category, up against "24," "Big Love," "Grey's Anatomy" and another show with a similarly mysterious mythology, "Lost."
Oka has his work cut out for him, too, as the freshman nominee will be competing with actors like "Broken Trail's" Thomas Hayden Church (who incidentally is playing the Sandman in the upcoming "Spider-Man 3"), "Elizabeth I's" Jeremy Irons, "Weeds'" Justin Kirk and "Entourage's" Jeremy Piven. The breakout star of the show, the nomination is quite an honor for the Oka, whose only been acting since 2001 while also serving as a digital effects artist at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic.
While the Golden Globe nominations and results are often looked at as an indicator of what's to be expected from the Annual Academy Award Nominations for film, or the Oscars as it's better known, the Golden Globes aren't always an indicator of what's to be expected from the Emmy nominations, the highest honor bestowed upon American television programming. Those wondering whether "Heroes" will be honored with an Emmy nomination will have to wait some time, as those nominations aren't expected to be announced until September of 2007.
Any way you look at it, the two nominations for "Heroes" are a great honor for a show that's surprised audiences and critics alike. While other NBC shows appeared to get a greater push from the network prior to the start of the fall season, it's been "Heroes" that's received all the attention since the first episode aired, with a growing viewerbase from week to week.
"Heroes" is currently on winter break and will return to NBC on January 22nd. To hold you over until then, check out the archives of BEHIND THE ECLIPSE, CBR's weekly Q&A session with "Heroes" writers Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski.
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