Candice Bergen this morning received her 12th Golden Globe nomination, for her starring role in CBS’s de facto 11th season of Murphy Brown, returning more than two decades after wrap of the comedy series’ most recent season.
Bergen’s nomination tipped the scale in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy category in favor of broadcast TV. She joined a list that included Kirsten Bell of NBC’s The Good Place; and Debra Messing, from NBC’s nod to the TV throwback trend WIll & Grace. Also nommed: Alison Brie of Netflix’s GLOW and last year’s category winner Rachel Brosnahan for the titular role in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Bergen’s Murphy Brown nom marked the only nom for the series that was an HFPA darling in its initial run; it failed to land a best-in-genre series nom. Bergen also is responsible for CBS’s only TV nom at this round of Globes competition.
HFPA’s nod to Bergen continues a long-running love-affair at the Golden Globe Awards; she received her first in 1967 as Most Promising Newcomer. But most of those noms, as well as her many Emmy nods and other accolades, feted her headline-grabbing performance as complicated TV journalist/real-life Veep Dan Quayle nemesis Murphy Brown.
She previously was nommed eight times for the role – most recently in 1996 – winning in ’92 and in ’89 at the start of the celebrated series’ run.
(Bergen also won 5 Emmys for the role, of seven Emmy noms, among many accolades for the role).
A Bergen win would liven up NBC’s Globes broadcast on January 6, Bergen being known for yeasty acceptance speeches.
In 92, for instance, when she, her character and the show came under attack from actual spelling-challenged Vice President of the United States Quayle when fictitious character Murphy had a baby out of wedlock, the actress graciously thanked him at the Emmys for the additional national attention he’d brought to the show, then thanked her writers and their words “and spelling them correctly,” flattening the opportunistic politician.
Picking up her Golden Globe Award that year, she snarked she would keep her acceptance speech brief “so we can move along to the features,” giving thanks to cast, crew, writers and producers, adding her heart was “full of thanks” to the HFPA because “it’s great to finally have a pair of globes” then quickly exited the stage, as promised.