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Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 9:23 a.m.

Jeff Daniels earns Golden Globe nomination for 'The Newsroom'

By Bob Needham


Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom"

Chelsea native Jeff Daniels has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his starring role on the HBO series "The Newsroom."

Daniels' work on the series has been widely acclaimed, and the Golden Globe nomination comes just the day after he was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

In "The Newsroom," Daniels plays an idealistic television news anchor. The series is created and written by Aaron Sorkin of "The West Wing" and "The Social Network."

Golden Globe nominations were announded Thursday morning. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the awards honor the best in both movies and television.

Daniels was nominated for best actor in a TV drama, along with Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire," Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad," John Hamm for "Mad Men," and Damian Lewis for "Homeland."

Daniels has established an enviable Hollywood career while remaining based in the Chelsea area. His movie credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Gettysburg," "Dumb and Dumber," "The Squid and the Whale," and "Good Night, and Good Luck." He also founded the Purple Rose Theatre Co. in Chelsea and has become a successful playwright; and in recent years, he's moved into work as an accomplished singer-songwriter as well. He's even the voice behind Apple's TV commercials for the iPhone 5.

The Golden Globe Awards will be televised at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are scheduled to host.

For more information, see the Golden Globes website, or check out the Los Angeles Times' coverage of the nominations.

Check out Jenn McKee's interview with Jeff Daniels about "The Newsroom" here.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Jeff, I have enjoyed your movies enormously! thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for the community. I hope you win this award, there's no doubt in my mind that you deserve it. Good luck and happy holidays to you and yours! sincerely, Madeleine Baier, a.k.a. "Mady"


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

Newsroom is the best show on TV. Will is the man.


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 3:44 p.m.

Jeff Daniels deserves recognition for his many talented contributions made to the Hollywood entertainment industry. And even more so for the personal time and investment he has shared with the local community. through the Purple Rose Theater and many benefit causes. We are lucky to have him here. And there, too. Thanks Jeff. We hope you win it!

Bob Needham

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:35 p.m.

Indeed we are. It's easy to forget that.