Golden Globes TV Nominees Remarkably Snub-Free – Sorry, 'Homeland'

This morning’s Golden Globes nominations homeland3came just in the nick of time for television industry pundits, who had started to foam over yesterday when the SAG Awards unveiled its round-up-the-usual-suspects TV nominees for a year that had seen so much great new programming emerge. Yes, Homeland got smacked down in a big way by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning, which may cause its producers to consider more seriously all that jumped-the-shark talk.  But mostly the chatter this morning was about how remarkable snub-free was this morning’s announcement. The HFPA, which dispenses the golden globeGlobe Awards, is famously less change-phobic than is, say, the Screen Actors Guild, which Wednesday handed out a snub-pocalyptic list of TV noms in which Kevin Spacey was its only acting nominee from a new TV series, and HBO’s Veep the only TV series to score its first TV Ensemble nom (SAG’s version of “best series”).

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HFPA racked up major points with TV pundits this morning when it bestowed on Tatiana Maslaney her first-ever major nomination (sadly, the TV Critics Association’s trophy ceremony is not televised and so, like that tree in the forest, is not heard) for playing half a dozen clones in BBC America’s Orphan Black. Reflecting the Embarrassment of TV Riches Era in which we now live, the HFPA today showered noms on many TV newcomers including Taylor Schilling’s first Globe nom for Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black,  Liev Schreiber’s for Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Michael Sheen’s for Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, James Spader’s for NBC’s The Blacklist, Andy Samberg’s for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc. And, in a sort of Ebineezer Scrooge After The Ghosts Drop By frenzy, HFPA even handed the much not-nominated, six-season-old Parks & Recreation its very first Globe nom for best comedy series (while star Amy Poehler picked up her third for best comedy actress).

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Still, a trophy show’s not a trophy show without its snubs. Our list:

- Homeland.  Showtime’s two-time best drama winner won’t even be in the running at this Golden Globe Awards; ditto Homeland’s Damian Lewis, who was last year’s drama actor winner, and the show’s two-time drama actress winner Claire Danes. (Don’t mistake this for any sign HFPA has tired of Washington-centric TV programming.  Netflix’s political intrigue House of Cards is taking up Homeland’s slack, with noms to the series and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, as well as supporting actor Corey Stoll. Wright will compete against ABC’s Scandal star Kerry Washington who received her first Globe nom for role as a Washington fixer. And, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is again nominated for HBO’s Veep, though the series itself once again did not snare a nom.)

- Mad Men. Once the darling of the trophy show circuit, the AMC period drama is shaping up as trophy-show season’s most underloved drama. The series, and star Jon Hamm, were missing from the list this morning. Mad Men’s Globes streak had been winding down; last year Hamm was nominated but the show was not, nor were any other cast members — some navel lint gazers blamed Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom for taking Mad Men’s slot. Yesterday, the two-time SAG-winning drama was missing from the Drama Ensemble category for the first time since the show premiered, and Hamm’s five-year drama-actor streak screeched to a halt.

- The Americans. FX’s Cold War-era spy drama got shut out of the drama-series derby, but with Breaking Bad doing its victory lap, and Downton Abbey being, well, Downton Abbey, there weren’t a lot of slots open for new programs and those nods instead went to newbies House Of Cards and Masters Of Sex on Netflix and Showtime, respectively. Meanwhile, CBS’ The Good Wife has been so well regarded this season, critics aren’t begrudging it the last slot (as they did last year to NBC’s critically derided musical series Smash, which they blamed for keeping Parks & Recreation out of the comedy-series running).

- Robin Williams. Not so much “snub” as “surprise,” the HFPA darling Williams did not bag a Globe nom for his CBS comedy The Crazy Ones. Williams previously had been Globe nommed for Patch Adams, Moscow On The Hudson, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, twice for his sitcom Mork & Mindy, and also received the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Another HFPA darling with a new TV series, Michael J. Fox, did return to Globe running this morning, for his lead role on NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show. HFPA previously nommed Fox in 1986, ’87, ’88 and ’89 for Family Ties, and in 1997, ’99 and 2000 for Spin City, not to mention his 1986 Back To The Future nom.

- Sound Of Music. NBC’s recently aired TV-movie ratings monster, the live re-making of Oscar and Hammerstein’s Broadway hit The Sound Of Music was missing from the noms this morning, to the relief of TV critics, given the HFPA’s high regard for its producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (see Smash, above).

  1. I would think THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! would have aired after a cut-off deadline for nominations. It’s only been a week since the broadcast!

    The Globes are all kind of crazy — I remember the Pia Zadora era — but at least it gets us to movie theaters. It was a good year for movies.

    1. Re. GG being bought & sold? HA! Not in a million especially these days when security and supervision from all corners is so stringent. So, either you don’t know what’s all about & how it works, or your envious, or a bad looser!

      1. you do realize that i’m talking about the process in which things are ‘nominated’ and ‘win’ and not the actual, physical award, right? maybe not, you’re atrocious grammar and spelling would indicate otherwise.

  2. So sick of hearing how The Americans was snubbed. It’s not a good show. There’s a reason it’s not getting nominations. It’s just okay. Not a winner.

    1. Agreed. As a Cold War kid who loves the spy genre, I feel like I was born to watch THE AMERICANS. I desperately want to love that show, but it just falls flat with me. Kinda boring at times. That said, I’ll probably tune in for season 2.

    2. Yeah, not boring at all (naked women, car chases, shoot outs, spying, torture, and murder is boring to you?) and definitely better than okay. Matthew Rhys is gonna have a hard time getting in there given the competition but he deserves to be recognized.

  3. Nothing for Hannibal, Hugh Dancy, or Mads Mikkelsen? And John Noble remains one of the greatest snubs in TV history.

  4. Did I miss something, and was Game of Thrones not eligible for the Globes this year? Not only does the show deserve nominations in the Drama Category, it is a huge travesty if Michelle Fairley doesn’t win for her role as Catlyn Stark, much less get nominated.

    How did GoT get snubbed from the snub list?

  5. Sorry, but Homeland DID get snubbed. I understand not nominating Lewis since he was only in a handful of episodes (even thought he was still spectacular in the ones he appeared in), or the show itself since the quality has been inconsistent, but Danes? She’s still one of TV’s best actresses and Taylor Schilling doesn’t even belong in the drama category. And Mandy Patinkin should always been nominated for everything he does, and he was a huge part of this season. Even the show itself, these last two episodes have basically transformed the show into a TV version of Zero Dark Thirty and it’s been great. I’m sick of people automatically pointing to jumping the shark just because of a rough patch, Homeland is still a great show.

    1. Danes is the most overpraised actress on television today.

      Hopefully, some day in the not-too-distant future, blinded TV audiences will wake up from their comas and realize that fact.

    2. Totally agree. And this season has been the best IMO. Even though Damian Lewis hasn’t been in much, just last week’s episode alone was amazing–I understand why but still hoped he’d be nominated.

  6. Snub is such an ugly word! There is a lot of talent out there and everyone cannot get a nom. That said, Hugh Jackman was amazing in prisoners and Hugh Dancy shines in Hannibal.

  7. Wow, I love Homeland but I know the Golden Globes tend to go for new new new so I can understand that. Claire Danes or Mandy Patinkin not getting nominated is eyebrow raising. And I am shocked that the Globes totally shunned Game of Thrones after its best season. Then again, they nominated Smash last year so who knows how seriously to take any of this (not very).

  8. Laura Linney was snubbed – she won the Emmy for Big C:Hereafter. Shocking!!’

    As for American Horror Story, Angela Bassett can’t be nominated as these awards are for Asylum, not Coven. Coven ends in Jan so come the Emmy’s, Angela can then be nominated.

  9. Like many, I’ve been disappointed by HOMELAND’s uneven track record. But I must say the most recent episodes have me hooked (except for that dumb pregnancy subplot). So it’s still quite watchable, but not worthy of any awards at this point.

  10. Extremely happy that one of the major awards finally recognized the immensely talented Tatiana Maslany. It’s about time.

  11. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked the Golden Globe show itself, very entertaining and I know (or at least it appears) the audience in the room and the presenters/’winners’ all appear to be having a good time. That happiness comes across on screen. The focus is on the folks ‘in front’ of the camera – movies, TV shows, actors/actresses. So, the show itself is fun to watch – I love it, never miss it.

    However, who makes up the voters of the Golden Globes? Isn’t it the Foreign Press Association? Who makes up that voting group? France? Germany? China? Russia? Ukraine? Cuba? Iran? North Korea?

    Hence, I don’t worry too much if a particular movie, TV show or actor/actress is left off the list. Heck, look who’s doing the voting for goodness sake.

  12. HOMELAND went from unbeatable to unwatchable. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the storytelling.

  13. HOMELAND has had me on the edge of my seat all season! They should have been in the running as well as SHAMELESS for comedy.

  14. One trick pony? Pay attention. The 1st and 2nd season deservably won best TV drama series. So it would be a two trick pony dumb dumb.

    1. Dumb dumb? Who’s calling it a one trick pony–you? Is your opinion fact? I personally disagree, and love the show (this season especially) but I’m not calling my opinion fact or anyone else dumb.

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