The Golden Globes TV nominations always supply pleasant surprises and a few head-scratchers. The 2014 list announced Thursday morning is no different, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association once again embracing new shows, but also snubbing some past nominees and winners along the way.
Here's my take on the nominations, starting with the surprises and ending with the snubs. The 71st Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 on NBC.
Maslany played seven clones in BBC America's "Orphan Black," giving each character her own ticks, accent, attitudes and personality. She was snubbed by the Emmys despite her amazing feat. This is the GG nom that makes me the happiest.
The Good Wife
CBS' "The Good Wife" is having, by all accounts, its best year in five seasons, so its nice to see it back in the best drama category.
Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" didn't get nominated as a series—probably because it competed in the tougher drama category than in comedy. Nice to see Schilling score a nod.
"House of Cards" made its mark on the list with nominations for the series and for star Kevin Spacey. Stoll was great as Rep. Peter Russo and really earned his supporting nom. Not so pleased to see Rob Lowe in this category instead of Mandy Patinkin from "Homeland."
Parks and Recreation
Last year "Glee" and "Smash" were nominated instead of NBC's much better comedy. That error has been undone, plus Amy Poehler was nominated. Maybe next year the HFPA will recognize Nick Offerman?
The Showtime series won the past two years, as have a few of its actors. The honeymoon must be over. No noms for Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin or the show. The biggest shocker on the list, along with the complete shutouts of "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire."
Speaking of the "Mad Men" snub, its lead actor and a former nominee was completely overlooked this year. I am not a big fan of this show, but I can say Hamm is one reason to watch.
AMC's "Breaking Bad" earned nominations as a drama and for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, but there was no love for Gunn, who was amazing as Walt's wife Skyler.
Many didn't like the Netflix season of "Arrested Development," but it was still better than Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which did get nominated for best comedy. Come to think of it, where is HBO's "Veep?"
Kerry Washington deservedly earned a best actress nom for "Scandal," but the show's lightning rod has to be Young, whose performance as first lady Mellie Grant always has fans talking. It's too bad the HFPA lumps all into one supporting actress race.
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