The Golden Globes nominations announcement is always one of the highlights of the year in television. Everything that seemingly got snubbed at the Emmys seems to get a nod during the Golden Globes. That’s what is so great about the Golden Globes: they like to recognize new names, take a few more risks. Plus, the show is a lot better. While this year’s Emmy awards was a shocker (some winners were deserving), it was also quite… uh, strange and sad at times. No surprises, I — and the rest of the Internet — am looking forward to Tina and Amy redux come January. And that all begins with today’s announcement.
For example, while The Good Wife was left out of the Emmy race this year, it has been nominated for best drama at the Golden Globes. Obviously, season four of The Good Wife was a bit wobbly, though I think the second half of season four was pretty great. There’s no denying that season five of The Good Wife has been almost masterful. I would argue that it’s perhaps the best drama on television currently (behind Masters of Sex). How you could infuse that much tension into a legal procedural is beyond me. Just fantastic, and if the Good Wife team keeps up the momentum for the rest of the season, I expect it to be back on the Emmy ballot next year.
I’m also quite excited that Masters of Sex got a nod. Masters of Sex has been my favorite new show of the season! I haven’t written about it because, well, I haven’t written much about television this season (I’ve been busy). It’s definitely the best new show of the season, but it’s also the new best show on television. If it doesn’t get an Emmy nod next year, I’ll know something is wonky. And of course, I love that Breaking Bad was nominated, but, you know, that was a given.
Rest of nominees: Downton Abbey and House of Cards.
Snubs: Goodness, there was a lot of good television this year. It’s hard to say. Orphan Black, Rectify, Hannibal, The Americans and so on. There are just so many shows you can nominate. I’d probably switch Downton for Hannibal if I could.
Lead Actor in a Drama
Once again, echoing my excitement for Masters of Sex, Michael Sheen received a most-deserving nomination. Sheen’s character, Bill Masters, is probably one of the more difficult roles in television this year. To keep someone so inherently manipulative and oppressed compelling and watchable has been a joy to watch this season.
Rest of nominees: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards; and James Spader, The Blacklist.
Snubs: Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) would be on my list.
Lead Actress in a Drama
Of course, I want Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) to win all of the things, because she has been phenomenal all year. But I’d be remised if I didn’t say that the nominee I’m most excited about is Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black! I don’t know if there was a harder working Emmy snub this year than Maslany. The effort she brings to Orphan Black is master class, and she elevates it from a cheeky show about clones into something rather compelling. I’m also not opposed, obviously, to Kerry Washington getting a nod for Scandal (at least I know most of that is season two).
Rest of nominees: Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black and Robin Wright, House of Cards.
Snubs: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex; Keri Russell, The Americans; and Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel.
Comedy or Musical Series
Whatever, I know it won last year, but I love that Girls got recognition for season two, which was perhaps even more polarizing that season one. Its brand of cringe-comedy may not be massively appealing, but it’s like wading into a pool by your toes, and soon you’re immersed in it and enjoy it immensely. Girls has been my favorite comedy all year. So I’m excited about that.
And I haven’t watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine past the pilot episode, but I’m also glad it got a nod as I’ve heard nothing but good things and it seems to be in obscurity in mainstream. And from same creator, so did Parks and Recreation! How can you not love a show that’s dedicating to making you feel as happy as possible?
Rest of nominees: The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.
Snubs: The Mindy Project. Listen, I know it’s not everyone’s favorite comedy, but Mindy Project has consistently been one of my favorite sitcoms on the air currently. I’d definitely rate it higher than New Girl, and maybe even Parks and Rec depending on my mood. Please watch, everyone.
Lead Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Quite honestly, I’d be OK with any of the nominees winning, though I think there were huge snubs.
Nominees: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; and Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Snubs: Jake Johnson, New Girl and Adam Scott, Parks and Rec. Quite honestly, some of the greats didn’t air any/many episodes this year, so they were ineligible. I’m thinking Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. It’s weird to see no 30 Rock nominations for an award show.
Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical
JLD! JLD! I love me some JLD! Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for Veep, as per usual. She won the Emmy this year, but there’s a reason why she’s the most-nominated television actress ever. She’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Apart form that, obviously, I’m hoping that Amy Poehler win this. Please win something, Amy. Please.
Rest of nominees: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; and Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie.
Josh Charles was nominated in the supporting category and that is everything. The Good Wife hasn’t given Charles much to do in the past, but finally stepped up their game during season five, and he has hit it out of the park. Charles has delivered a fantastic performance all season long, and I’m glad he’s getting recognized for it. Just fantastic.
And one of the biggest Emmy snubs, in my opinion, got a Golden Globe nod: Corey Stoll for House of Cards! Stoll made House of Cards quite the intriguing series with his compelling performance throughout the season. Quite honestly, it’s going to be difficult deciding who to root for between these two nominees.
Rest of nominees: Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra; Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad; and Jon Voight, Ray Donovan.
Snubs: Adam Driver, Girls; Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation; and Noah Emmerich, The Americans.
Quite honestly, I don’t watch any of the series from the nominees. But I’m always cheering on Hayden Pannetiere! And I watched a couple Parenthood episodes and watched several clips with Monica Potter this past season, and she was also phenomenal.
Rest of nominees: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge; Janet McTeer, The White Queen; and Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.
Snubs: Jessica Walter, Arrested Development; Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad; and Abigail Spencer, Rectify.
I’m glad the Golden Globes chose to recognize some of the not-so-recognized names! But, as per usual, there were some questionable choices and some snubs. It is what it is. I’m looking forward to the show, however. And since I don’t really watch miniseries or TV movies, here is the rest of the TV nominees.
TV Movie or Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Dancing on the Edge, Starz
Top of the Lake, Sundance
The White Queen, Starz
Lead Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Lead Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen,
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake