We're long past the time when movie stars who appeared on TV were considered to be "slumming it." Luminaries like Jessica Lange and Glenn Close have turned in performances proving that television can trump films when it comes to well-written dramas. The recent batch of Golden Globe nominations confirms the trend of A-listers moving to the small screen -- and racking up awards.
Best actress, miniseries or movie for "Hemingway and Gellhorn"
The Oscar winner for "The Hours" and nominee two years ago for "Rabbit Hole" hasn't appeared on the small screen since a miniseries in 1989. But Kidman was hooked by HBO's epic tale of war and romance, and the prospect of playing trailblazing female journalist Martha Gellhorn. She's already collected Emmy and SAG nominations; now she can add a Golden Globe nod to the list.
Best actor, miniseries or movie for "Hemingway and Gellhorn"
Owen starred alongside Kidman, portraying a passionate and mercurial Ernest Hemingway. It was a role he dove deeply into. "I read everything he wrote," he told HBO.com. "I went to Cuba and spent a week there ... I went to Paris to all the haunts and places he'd lived." All that research paid off, with Owen receiving his second Golden Globe nomination.
Best actor, miniseries or movie for "Hatfields & McCoys"
The History Channel bet big on their first-ever original drama, and, boy, did it pay off. The blockbuster miniseries racked up huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations. Costner, who both produced the movie and starred in it, won this award at the Emmys in September. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him walk away with a Golden Globe in January.
Best actress, miniseries or movie for "Game Change"
You betcha Julianne Moore was a shoo-in for a Golden Globe nomination for what critics called a "virtuoso," "superb" performance in the HBO movie about the 2008 presidential campaign. Moore's uncanny, spot-on portrayal of Sarah Palin earned her an Emmy nod, but to nobody's surprise, it was never seen by Palin herself.
Best supporting actor, series, miniseries, or movie for "Game Change"
Despite being the presidential candidate, John McCain was sometimes overshadowed by his infamous choice of vice-presidential nominee. But even in a supporting role, Ed Harris shines -- and under all that makeup, no less. His Emmy nomination earlier this year is deservedly supplemented by a Golden Globe nod.
Best actor, miniseries or movie for "Game Change"
Harrelson, of course, began his career on the small screen as beloved bartender Woody on "Cheers." He moved on to movies, racking up Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "The Messenger." Now, for his portrayal of chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, he's back to try for his first Globe win.
Best actress, miniseries or movie for "The Girl"
If anyone knows the perils of overnight fame, it's Sienna Miller. So, according to her co-star Toby Jones, it was "ideal casting" to have Miller play Tippi Hedren, who was plucked from obscurity to become Hitchcock's muse and obsession in "The Birds." For that movie, Hedren won a Golden Globe. And for playing her, Miller's up for the same trophy.
Best actress, miniseries or movie for "Political Animals"
A former first lady who was cheated on by her president husband; ran for the Oval Office, only to lose; then tapped to be secretary of state. Sound familiar? No, USA's miniseries isn't the story of Hillary Clinton's life, but there are many parallels. For Weaver, it was a chance to take on "one of the richest roles I've ever played," she told CNN. And it yielded her sixth Golden Globe nomination.