The 69th annual Golden Globe TV nominations are here, and there’s plenty to be thrilled (and annoyed) about.
Seven of the 10 nominees for best series were new shows and some EW favorites made the list. On the drama side, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, Showtime’s Homeland and FX’s American Horror Story all received a nod for best series. But so did … Starz’ Boss? Notice this category completely shut out the broadcast networks (HBO and Showtime led the pack of TV series nominees overall).
Best comedy series included Fox’s Glee and New Girl, along with ABC’s Modern Family. Showtime’s Episodes and HBO’s Enlightened also made the cut.
Some new names also graced the acting categories: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Claire Danes (Homeland), Kelsey Grammer (Boss) and Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing) were among the nominees.
Meanwhile, several perennial award season favorites were edged out: Dexter for drama series and its star Michael C. Hall were left out, so was House’s Hugh Laurie, The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick and The Office’s Steve Carell, who wrapped his final season on the NBC comedy.
Some serious snubs: That AMC’s Breaking Bad was not nominated for best drama series this year is rather incredible (would have been nice to see The Walking Dead, ABC’s Revenge or CBS’ The Good Wife too). It’s hard to believe the Hollywood Foreign Press is watching Homeland and didn’t nominate Mandy Patinkin. Did Jim Parsons, who won for comedy actor last year on Big Bang Theory, really not deserve a nod this year? Here’s the TV list:
Best drama series: American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Boss, Game of Thrones, Homeland.
Best comedy series: Enlightened, Episodes, Glee, Modern Family and New Girl.
Best actress in a comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened; Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Laura Linney, The Big C; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
Best actress in a drama: Claire Danes, Homeland; Mireille Enos, The Killing; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Madeleine Stowe, Revenge; and Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness.
Best actor in a comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; David Duchovny, Californication; Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory; Thomas Jane, Hung and Matt LeBlanc, Episodes.
Best actor in a drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Kelsey Grammer, Boss; Jeremy Irons, The Borgias; and Damian Lewis, Homeland.
Supporting actor: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Paul Giamatti; Too Big to Fail, Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce; Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.
Supporting actress: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story; Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce.
Best movie or miniseries: Cinema Verite, Downton Abbey, The Hour, Mildred Pierce, Too Big to Fail.
Best actor in a TV movie or mini: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey; Idris Elba, Luther; William Hurt, Too Big To Fail; Bill Nighy, Page Eight; Dominic West, The Hour.
Best actress in a TV movie or mini: Romola Garai, The Hour; Diane Lane, Cinema Verite; Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey; Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult; Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce.
The nominees were announced in Beverly Hills by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes will be presented Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by Ricky Gervais. – Associated Press contributed to this report.