Golden Globe nominations: Marcus Dixon’s good, bad and ugly

There is much to be made about this year’s crop of Golden Globe nominees. Most of it was good, some of it was bad and — because it’s the HFPA we’re talking about — there was, of course, some ugly. See my take below!

THE GOOD
Nothing was more rewarding than seeing “The Good Wife” honored for only the second time in five seasons. The show was snubbed in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Globes tend to love hip, young shows, so the fact that “The Good Wife” mustered three nominations proves that the HFPA voters are actually watching the show this season and recognize its quality. Stars Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles also heard their names called this morning, deservedly so.

It’s getting a bit repetitive to shout for joy every time “Breaking Bad” gets nominated for an award, but when you consider the show only had one previous series nomination at the Globes (2012) over its entire run, it’s hard not to congratulate the HFPA for getting this one right. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were also recognized, so here’s hoping that out of the show’s three nominations, “Breaking Bad” will finally be able to win its first-ever Golden Globe.

The snubbing of undefeated two-time champ “Homeland” and its cast (Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin) for their third season made room for other drama series that truly excelled this year in terms of story-telling and originality. Hopefully it’ll be a kick in the butt for the “Homeland” producers and writers to step up their game for next season.

Justice for Monica Potter (“Parenthood“) and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards“), who were strangely snubbed at the Emmys, as both made it here into much more difficult categories — the Globes lump together all of TV’s supporting performances (Drama, Comedy, Movie/Miniseries).

You may not have heard of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but it’s funny. Really funny. A nice surprising nod for this laffer and star Andy Samberg. Go watch it now!

My two favorite films of the year were “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave.” It was exciting, then, to see that these two movies tied for the most Golden Globe nominations with seven each. Special mentions go to the quartet of “Hustle” actors all getting in — Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence — as well as the brilliant music score for “12 Years” by Hans Zimmer.

THE BAD
Netflix had an easy nomination (and win?) for “Orange is the New Black” as Best TV Comedy Series, but they opted instead to try their luck in the much more competitive Drama races. Besides a lone nod for star Taylor Schilling, the strategy didn’t pay off. Too bad, because we would have loved to see this little-show-that-could make a name for itself at the Globes.

Her” found itself with three nominations this morning. One wonders if that number might have jumped to four if the Golden Globes allowed voice-over performers to compete in the acting races like the Oscars do every year, where Scarlett Johansson might have heard her name called.

Snubs across the board for HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” is hard to swallow.

How do Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family“) and Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville“) continue to get Globe nominations year after year? It’s one of the more mystifying aspects of the HFPA. (Oh, right, they’re hot. Not so mystifying after all.)

THE UGLY
Just look through the list of categories, and you’ll see an ugly disparity between movies and TV shows. Films get nominated for acting, directing, writing, score and song in addition to their four Best Picture titles (Drama, Comedy, Foreign and Animated). Television is treated like the red-headed step-child of the HFPA and is only recognized in the acting categories and for three genres — Drama, Comedy and Movie/Mini. What, do TV writers/directors/composers not matter? It’s truly unfair and I’m surprised that no one in the television community seems to be outraged by this disparity.

A few outrageous snubs I’m still scratching my head about: No Oprah Winfrey for “The Butler“? No Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street?” No Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad”? No Robin Williams or James Wolk for “The Crazy Ones“? No “Veep” for Best TV Comedy Series? Ugh.

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