For the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the new HBO series about a group of 20-something New Yorker friends has nabbed a nomination in the Best Television Series category, as well as a Best Actress nom for Dunham.
The competition is predictably stiff, with "The Big Bang Theory," "Episodes," and "Modern Family" all in the mix (there's also another newbie show, "Smash"). And 26-year-old Dunham will have to compete against Hollywood heavy hitters Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") in the acting category. She'll also have to face off against the current "New Girl" in town, awards show magnet Zooey Deschanel.
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Still, in past years shows like "Party of Five" and "Homeland" have had their share of beginner's luck, winning Golden Globes their freshman year at bat. Even actor Matt LeBlanc took home a Globe in January for his work on then-new "Episodes," after never winning a Globe for his "Friends" role of Joey Tribbiani.
If the new-show good luck streak continues, it will be no surprise if the new "Girls" in town take home the gold at next month's ceremony. The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will broadcast live on Jan. 13, 2013 on NBC.