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Golden Globes: TV snubs and surprises

Got Tyrion Blackwater

At least Lindsay Lohan wasn’t nominated for Liz & Dick.

Several awards prognosticators seriously thought Lohan had a real chance of being nominated for a Golden Globe this morning for her critically panned Lifetime movie, likely figuring the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would want the actress at their show next month (remember star-studded The Tourist for best picture in 2010?). The HGPA resisted, but the fact some thought Lohan might get nominated should give you an idea of how not-very-seriously to take their actual choices.

That said: There’s snubs and surprises this year that will make you sputter into your Lucky Charms.


Mad Men. No Mad Men?! First, the acclaimed awards favorite loses the best drama series Emmy to Homeland, ending its streak. Okay. But now the Globes ignores the show entirely for the series category. We all felt the awards fatigue for this AMC favorite, but did the drama really drop so low in quality that it went from a perpetual frontrunner to not even being nominated?

Game of Thrones. Whaaa? The second season was better than the first. And the first was nominated for Emmy and Globes best series. Yet HBO’s Thrones was shut out of best drama here, and co-star Peter Dinklage, who won the Emmy last year, was absent for best supporting despite having arguably better material this round.

American Horror Story: This is quite a surprise because the HFPA really seems to appreciate writer-producer Ryan Murphy. They’ve previously nominated AHS, and Glee and Nip/Tuck (with the latter two having won series categories in the past). But this year? No AHS in the movie/mini category. Murphy’s new NBC comedy The New Normal was also half-expected to get a nomination.

Sherlock: A personal favorite, shut-out of best movie/mini. The HFPA has shown they can appreciate crime procedurals (with actors from The Mentalist and Without a Trace getting nominated in prior years). You would think BBC’s critical darling Sherlock – arguably the finest crime drama in years on any network – would have easily secured a nomination. But, once again, Sherlock was robbed (though at least Benedict Cumberbatch received a nod).

Sons of Anarchy: Is it really a snub if it’s always snubbed? Discuss.


Breaking Bad. Finally! The HFPA finally nominates Breaking Bad for best drama series. I realize this nomination is wholly earned, but given the Globes long track record of ignoring the AMC drama in this category, doing the right thing qualifies as a shocker. This is the drama that people who work on other dramas say is the best show on TV.

Smash. Nominated for best comedy/musical series. Really? It’s a musical, and you’re the HFPA. We get that part. But there’s a reason the first season’s showrunner and half the cast are not returning for season two. NBC’s Smash was a bit of mess and is being overhauled. Missing from the category: FX’s Louie, a modestly rated show that many critics insist is TV’s best comedy. I mean, if you’re going to nominate a comedy nobody watches, why choose Showtime’s Episodes over Louie?

Max Greenfield & Mandy Patinkin: Two very welcome surprises. New Girl’s Schmidt and Homeland’s CIA mastermind were recognized for the second seasons of their respective hits. That Patinkin in particular was overlooked last year by the Emmys and Globes had industry insiders reeling (guess that’s what happens when your acting is subtle compared to your more manic co-stars).

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler: More interesting than surprising. The Globes co-hosts both received nominations for the same award.

Globes TV Noms (full list including movies here):

Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfield & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals