The Hollywood Foreign Press were in their element again, becoming the first to recognize a slew of new series. This year, they took it up a notch with first nominations for three networks/digital platforms, the CW, Cinemax and Amazon.
The eight-year-old the CW, which nabbed its first Emmy nominations earlier this year in the technical categories (hairstyling for The Originals, visual effects for The 100), was front and center with its first ever Golden Globe nominations for Jane The Virgin as best comedy series and its breakout star Gina Rodriguez as best actress in a comedy series. Jane was left to carry the torch for broadcast comedy this year as awards stalwarts Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, as well as surprise 2014 double-Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine were both shut out completely this year. With HFPA darling, New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel, and the show’s co-host and 2014 winner, Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) also off the list this year, Jane was the only broadcast comedy to land any Golden Globe nominations besides a supporting actress nom for Mom‘s Allison Janney. Not bad for a network that got out of the comedy business 6 years ago. The CW ranked No.2 among the broadcast networks in number of nominations, only behind sibling CBS.
Cinemax, which only started shedding its image as Skinemax – home of soft-core porn fare — a couple of years ago, is well into its transformation into a respectable original series player with its first major nomination for The Knick star Clive Owen.
And another newcomer, Amazon, which launched its first original series last year, earned its first awards nomination for its third scripted show, comedy Transparent, recognized for best comedy series and star Jeffrey Tambor.
Transparent and Jane The Virgin were among three freshman series to land multiple nominations, including best series. The third was Showtime drama The Affair, which tied CBS’ The Good Wife and Netflix’s House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black as the series with most nominations, three apiece.
Jane was one of two representatives of the fall 2014 freshman broadcast class, along with ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder, nominated for star Viola Davis. But the hit mystery series itself failed to make the best drama race, extending first-year broadcast dramas’ drought in the top category to eight years.
While Zoey Deschanel, nominated for each year since New Girl’s launch, was left out, several other HFPA favorites made the cut: previous winners Girls and its star Lena Dunham, House Of Lies‘ Don Cheadle, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, Ray Donovan‘s Jon Voight as well as nominees Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and James Spader (The Blacklist) — all nominated every year their shows have been eligible. Besides Margulies, none of them got SAG nominations yesterday as the actors union also failed to recognize Transparent, Jane The Virgin, The Affair and The Knick.
Like at the SAG Awards, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and Showtime’s Shameless scored by switching from drama to comedy in what was regarded as a somewhat controversial move. Both landed their first SAG nominations yesterday. Today, Shameless got its first Golden Globe nom for star William H. Macy, while Orange raised its tally from one nomination last year, in the best drama series actress for Taylor Schilling, to three, best comedy series, best comedy actress (Schilling) and best supporting actress (Uzo Aduba). Since Showtime started submitting Shameless as a comedy series, Macy has been on a roll, earning first Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
The best comedy series underwent a major shakeup, with Girls as the only returning nominee. No Modern Family, no Big Bang, with reigning champion Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks & Recreation also out. They were replaced by four first-timers, Jane The Virgin, HBO freshman Silicon Valley, Orange Is The New Black and Transparent.
Yet to land a best comedy series nomination is HBO’s Veep whose star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is yet to win a Golden Globe after three consecutive Emmys. The Seinfeld alumna will get another shot this time, facing Dunham, Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco, Rodriguez and Schilling.
Cheadle is the only returning nominee from last year in the lead comedy actor category, where he will go head-to-head with Tambor, Macy, 2012 nominee Louis CK (Louie) and Ricky Gervais (Derek).
The HFPA showed that there is no bad blood in nominating Gervais, who ripped the association with pointed jabs in his most recent turn as Golden Globes host. Gervais has received Globe nominations for three series – the UK The Office, Extras and Derek, winning for The Office.
With HFPA tweaking the rules last summer, HBO’s True Detective was classified as a limited series, eligible to compete in the long-form categories vs. drama series as HBO had submitted it for The Emmys and other awards. The move leaves the drama series wide open in the post-Breaking Bad era.
We will have a first-time winner in the best drama series category which features previous nominees The Good Wife, Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards and Downton Abbey and newbie The Affair. The Good Wife once again was the sole representative in the field of the commercial broadcast networks, while previous winner Mad Men was once again shut out completely.
The lead drama actor category, won by Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston last year, also will have a first-time winner among The Knick‘s Owen, The Affair‘s Dominic West and last year nominees Schreiber, Spader and Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards).
On the distaff side, rookies Davis and The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson face formidable competition from previous winners Claire Danes (Homeland), Margulies and Robin Wright (House Of Cards). After giving Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany her first major nomination last year, the HFPA left her off the list this time.
After competing in different categories at the Emmys — drama series and movie/miniseries — HBO’s True Detective and FX’s Fargo are set to clash at the Globes, going head-to-head in the longform field. They top the overall list of TV nominations with 5 (Fargo) and 4 (True Detective) apiece, both landing best movie/miniseries noms as well as mentions for their top stars. The two limited series completely dominate the lead movie/miniseries actor category with two noms each — Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (True Detective) and Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), who will go against The Normal Heart‘s Mark Ruffalo.
The top longform category — best movie/miniseries — also is a tough one, with Emmy winners Fargo and The Normal Heart facing True Detective as well as HBO’s Olive Kitteridge and Starz’s The Missing.
HBO once again led the network race with 15 nominations, followed by Showtime (9) and FX (8).