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69th Golden Globe Award Nominations
69th Golden Globe Award Noms: Scorecard

The Golden Globes’ M.O. is being the first to recognize new series. And with the SAG Awards largely failing to do that yesterday, the Globes ran with it today, loading up on newcomers and surprise nominees.

Golden Globe attention in the past has given much-needed boosts to low-profile first-year series like Fox’s Ally McBeal, which shot up in popularity after winning for best comedy series and star Calista Flockhart in its first season. This year, two struggling freshmen — Starz’s drama Boss and HBO’s comedy Enlightened — could benefit with nominations for best series and lead actors Kelsey Grammer and Laura Dern, respectively. Both shows just wrapped their seasons, so there won’t be an immediate effect, but increasing the visibility of the two series, which air on pay cable, won’t hurt in the long run. And while Boss was picked up for a second season before the show’s premiere, the future of Enlightened remains in limbo. HBO had been leaning toward renewing Mike White’s dark comedy, so the two Golden Globe nominations may help seal the deal. It is unclear if the second consecutive nomination for Hung star Thomas Jane would improve the HBO comedy’s renewal chances, which have been slim.

One of the series the Globes couldn’t save was ABC’s underrated My So-Called Life, whose star, then-teenager Claire Danes, won for best actress in the show’s first season. Seventeen years later, Danes is up for a Globe in the same category for her follow-up series to My So-Called Life, Homeland. (Danes won last year for the HBO movie Temple Grandin.) After being snubbed by the SAG Awards, the Showtime thriller drama made a big entrance into the awards circle, tied with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and ABC’s Modern Family as the most nominated series with three: for best drama series and lead actors Danes and Damian Lewis.

It was a big year for pay cable. HBO and Showtime were the two most nominated networks with 18 and eight noms, respectively, while Starz scored its first two series Golden Globe noms with Boss. In TV series, pay cable networks amassed a staggering 18 nominations to broadcast networks’ 12 and basic cable nets’ five. (AMC’s tally, two, was hurt by Mad Men‘s hiatus.) Broadcast TV’s freshman class of 2011 was represented by Fox’s New Girl with two noms and ABC’s Revenge with one.

The Golden Globes’ most dramatic overhaul this year was in the drama series categories. The oldest series in the best drama series field dominated completely by cable shows is sophomore (and this year’s winner) Boardwalk Empire, with AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and Justified, Showtime’s Dexter and CBS’ The Good Wife snubbed. All four other nominees are first-timers: Homeland, Boss, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story. AHS co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk scored two best series noms as their Fox series Glee landed a third consecutive best comedy series nomination.

Like in the best drama series category, there was only one repeat nominee in the lead actress in a drama series field, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, with this year’s surprise winner Katey Sagal of Sons Of Anarchy out. Joining Margulies are four actresses from freshman shows: Danes, Mireille Enos of AMC’s The Killing, Madeleine Stowe of ABC’s Revenge, and Callie Thorne of USA Network’s Necessary Roughness.

USA Network is proving to be the wildcard this awards season. After the surprise SAG Award nomination for Suits‘ Patrick J. Adams yesterday, the network scored another unexpected lead actor nomination today for Thorne in the best actress in a drama series category, which last year featured another leading lady from a freshman USA series, Piper Perabo.

The best actor in a drama series category featured the most repeat nominees on the drama side, two: Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston who is yet to win a Golden Globe, and this year’s winner Steve Buscemi of Boardwalk Empire. They’re joined by three actors from first-year shows: Lewis, Grammer and Jeremy Irons of Showtime’s The Borgias. Dexter, which won two Globes in 2010, including for best actor Michael C. Hall, was shut out completely.

Newcomers also scored the majority of slots in the best comedy series category with three representatives — Enlightened, New Girl and Showtime’s Episodes — with all three also scoring acting noms for their leads Dern, Zooey Deschanel and Matt LeBlanc, respectively. The two holdovers in the category are HFPA favorite Glee, which won for the past two years, and two-time Emmy winner Modern Family. Among the snubbed shows are FX’s Louie, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While the first two were shut out completely, Parks & Rec and Big Bang scored noms for stars Amy Poehler and Johnny Galecki, respectively. Poehler will go against newbies Deschanel and Dern and previous winners Tina Fey of 30 Rock and Laura Linney of The Big C, who took the trophy this year. The surprise Emmy winner in the category, Mike & Molly‘s Melissa McCarthy, was left out.

Galecki’s first Golden Globe nomination was a surprise as it came at the expense of co-star Jim Parsons, who won the Globe this year but failed to make the cut today. Galecki and LeBlanc are the newcomers in the best actor in a comedy series field (LeBlanc has been nominated before for Friends), joining Thomas Jane and previous winners Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock and David Duchovny of Californication.

The hodgepodge supporting acting categories, which encompass drama and comedy series, movies and miniseries — all in one — featured the surprise omissions of Emmy winners Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell of Modern Family, though the hit ABC series was represented by co-stars Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet. Stonestreet’s category features two current Emmy winners, Game Of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage and Guy Pearce of HBO’s miniseries Mildred Pierce, as well as two actors from HBO original movies, Cinema Verite‘s Tim Robbins and Too Big To Fail‘s Paul Giamatti. Vergara’s competition includes Kelly Macdonald of Boardwalk Empire, Emmy winner Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey, Jessica Lange of American Horror Story and Evan Rachel Wood of Mildred Pierce.

The big surprise on the longform side is the complete shutout of ReelzChannel’s miniseries The Kennedys, which scored a slew of Emmy nominations and a win for Barry Pepper. Downton Abbey and Mildred Pierce were the most nominated programs with four each including best TV movie/miniseries and best actress in a movie/miniseries, for Emmy winner Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).

Here is a breakdown of the TV nominations by network and by program:

TELEVISION NETWORK
HBO 18
SHOWTIME 8
PBS 5
ABC 4
BBC AMERICA 4
FOX 3
NBC 3
AMC 2
CBS 2
FX 2
STARZ 2
SUNDANCE CHANNEL 1
USA NETWORK 1
TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE) 4
MILDRED PIERCE 4
BOARDWALK EMPIRE 3
CINEMA VERITE 3
HOMELAND 3
THE HOUR 3
MODERN FAMILY 3
TOO BIG TO FAIL 3
30 ROCK 2
AMERICAN HORROR STORY 2
BOSS 2
ENLIGHTENED 2
EPISODES 2
GAME OF THRONES 2
NEW GIRL 2
APPROPRIATE ADULT 1
THE BIG BANG THEORY 1
THE BIG C 1
THE BORGIAS 1
BREAKING BAD 1
CALIFORNICATION 1
GLEE 1
THE GOOD WIFE 1
HUNG 1
THE KILLING 1
LUTHER 1
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS 1
PAGE EIGHT (MASTERPIECE) 1
PARKS AND RECREATION 1
REVENGE 1
  1. Baffled that Laura Dern didn’t get a SAG nomination. Unfortunate that not enough people are paying attention to that show. Best sereis in 2011.

    1. It’s not yet eligible for SAG until next season. Notice Claire Danes not nommed for SAG either for “Homeland.”

    1. I like Enlightened as well, but I agree that it’s far too depressing to be considered a comedy much like Showtime’s The Big C, Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara before. Just because they’re half hour shows doesn’t make them comedies.

  2. American Horror Story is the best new series of the year. I’m glad it (and the terrific Jessica Lange) were nominated!

  3. And no SoA. Yet again.

    When will we finally get an awards program that celebrates what is good, over what people think of the people involved.

  4. Enlightened is an amazing show. Though I wouldn’t consider it a comedy, it has the best character development of any show on the air.

    I really hope it goes ahead with another season. Great writing, directing and acting.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. You have to give ENLIGHTENED a chance. It’s really, really a smart show. And the performances are true to real everyday life.

  6. I thought the writing and acting on Boss was dazzling. Watching the scenes in the last episode with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Donovan was inspired. Sure hope it’s around for another season.

  7. Did they seriously snubbed BREAKING BAD ?? therefore, they lose all credibility (if they ever had one).
    There are things that are objectively wrong:

    - Community and Parks snubbed yet again
    - Glee nominated (what a joke)
    - No love for Friday Night Lights (if it was eligible)

    - No love for Aaron Paul, easily in the top 5 of all supporting actors this year
    - Johnny Galecki over his co-star but more importantly over Louie CK, Joel McHale, Steve Carrell
    - Over-acting and easily weakest link of the Borgias Jeremy Irons nominated
    - Zooey Deschanel’s one-note performance getting recognised
    - Sofia Vergara’s one-note performance getting recognised
    - Ty Burrell snubbed

    - Dramedies being considered as comedies
    - Downton Abbey and Luther being considered mini-series despite having 2nd seasons

    Golf Clap.

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