Few mysteries perplex Hollywood like the endurance and the influence of the Golden Globes, yet year after year the less than 100 members of the secretive Hollywood Foreign Press Association dole out names and somewhere a phone rings, a text is sent and a heart glows a little brighter in the early LA morning with awards-season self-confidence. Then there are those who are harshly left out in the cold — like broadcast comedy, Boardwalk Empire and American Sniper were today for the 72nd annual Globes, which will be handed out January 11 on NBC with perma-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Here are a few of the snubs. I’m updating this list so anyone we missed?
The Walking Dead – Let’s be clear, the AMC series is the most popular show on television, both cable and broadcast. The blockbuster zombie apocalypse series has beaten the mighty Sunday Night Football again and again this fall, but HFPA members from far-flung outlets around the world can’t find it in their hearts to throw a bone to the series based on the Robert Kirkman co-created comic? Afraid of catching something?
Bradley Cooper – The American Sniper lead was left out from yesterday’s SAG Awards noms and it looks like the target has been missed here again. In fact, the Clint Eastwood-helmed pic shot nothing but blanks with the Golden Globes today. Is this politics or performance?
Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart beats strong in this year’s Globes noms, but not for the HBO movie’s somewhat well-known female lead. Again, we all know HFPA likes to get the stars out to their shindig, so snubbing an Oscar winner and one of the last movie stars is not a winning strategy.
Lisa Kudrow – The widely ahead of its time satire The Comeback is back on HBO after a nearly 10-year absence and the former Friends star and Globes nominee gets no mention at all? Poor Valerie Cherish.
Unbroken – Endurance may be the key to the Angelina Jolie-directed World War II tale of Olympic runner and POW Louis Zamperini, but the Christmas Day release didn’t even get on the track with the Globes this year. That means, star-chasing HFPA, you likely won’t be getting Angie in the house next month.
The Americans – Last year this FX series about KGB moles in the Reagan-era U.S. was snubbed for its debut season. With Emmy noms and an AFI Award, a strong second season and standout performances by stars Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys, this second miss isn’t an mere snub now – it’s a slap in the face.
Maggie Smith – The rapier wit of the Dowager Countess of Grantham has sliced through many an award season for Downton Abbey and has garnered Smith a previous nomination. However, with nothing for one of the greatest actress’ alive, the HFPA’s affair with posh porn might be over.
Broadcast Comedy – No Big Bang Theory? No Modern Family? Yes, cable and streaming drama has ruled the awards roost for a while, but The Big 4 still has funny in them for that Best Comedy category. Again, I say it, no Modern Family? A Globes winner in 2010 for Best TV Series – Musical Or Comedy, the ABC series has been nominated the past three years in a row and yet nothing today — no joke.
Interstellar – One Best Original Score nugget does not an epic deserve – especially not one directed by Christopher Nolan.
Boardwalk Empire – Back in 2011, the HBO show and star Steve Buscemi cleaned up with duel Golden Globe wins. In 2012 and 2013, the Prohibition Era series from Terrance Winter garnered noms. But now, having ended its fifth and final season in late October, Boardwalk Empire came up as dry as a teetotaler. And that from the HFPA — people like a drink or two.
Amy Poehler – The Parks And Recreation star won last year in the Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical Or Comedy category after being nominated before. And she’s co-hosting the show again and yet nada this morning. Awkward? Yes. Monologue material? Totally.
James Nesbitt – Yes, The Missing got a nom but the tortured soul of the Starz series is Nesbitt, and the former Globe nominee deserved recognition as much as his co-star Frances O’Connor, who did rightly receive a nomination.
Tatiana Maslany – Well that was short-lived. After being shamefully overlooked for ages in awardsland, the Orphan Black lead got some respect with a Globes nom last year and a SAG Award nom yesterday. Push the clock ahead about 24 hours and it’s the same old same old with her name nowhere to be found on today’s list. Maybe if they added another clone for her to play on the BBC America show?
Mad Men – After big wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009, the iconic Matt Weiner-created series is now again denied. There’s still a chance that the upcoming Part 2 of Mad Men’s seventh and final season could bare awards fruit down the line, but for this year – no one was buying what these ad men were selling.
Timothy Spall – Let me get this straight, the veteran thespian who won Best Actor at Cannes this year for his turn as the great British painter in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner was left empty-handed except for his brushes by the HFPA?
Top Five – Chris Rock’s hard truths not very amusing to you HFPA?
Sons Of Anarchy – Here’s the thing, the Globes were the only ones to give the just-concluded Kurt Sutter series any awards respect when Katey Segal took home a Best Actress TV Drama win in 2011. Three days after nomination ballots had to be received by Ernst & Young and two days after SOA took its final ride with a record-breaking finale on FX, looks like HFPA doesn’t want the show to be part of its gang.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – A freshman last year, this Fox show won last year with Best TV Series – Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor – TV Series, Musical Or Comedy for Andy Samberg. So much for legacy. Then again, Fox got nothing at all so maybe Nine-Nine should take it personally.
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night was in competition in Cannes, is Belgium’s Oscar submission and yet the former Globes and Academy Award winner got no nominations and no mention today? Was something lost in translation?