Candice Bergen this morning received her 12th Golden Globe nomination for her starring role in CBS’ de facto 11th season of Murphy Brown, returning more than two decades after wrap of the comedy series’ most recent prior 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 Kristen 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 title role in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Bergen’s Murphy Brown nom marked the only one 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’ only TV nom at this round of Globes competition.
HFPA’s nod to Bergen continues a long-running love affair at the Golden Globes; the actress received her first in 1967 as Most Promising Newcomer. Most of those noms, as well as her many Emmy noms and wins and other accolades, feted her headline-grabbing performance as Murphy, the complicated TV journalist/real-life nemesis of Veep Dan Quayle.
She previously was nominated eight times for the role – most recently in 1996 – winning Globes in 1992 and in 189 towards the start of the celebrated series’ run. Bergen also won five Emmys for the role, out of seven Emmy noms.
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.