“Fargo” leads the Golden Globe nominations for TV with an impressive five nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, a pair of bids for Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman), Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Allison Tolman), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Colin Hanks). Thornton has four previous nominations and no wins, while these are the first Globe nominations for Freeman, Tolman, and Hanks. (Click here for the complete list of film and TV nominations.)
Following close behind is the HBO anthology series “True Detective,” which was entered as a drama series at the Emmys, but competes as a longform program at the Globes in four races: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Michelle Monaghan) McConaughey won a Globe just last year for his leading role in the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” which subsequently won him an Oscar. This is the fourth nomination for Harrelson, while Monaghan is nominated for the first time.
“Orange is the New Black” earned three nominations: Best Musical/Comedy Series, Musical/Comedy Actress (Taylor Schilling), and TV Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba). “Orange” earned just one nomination last year (for Schilling) when it competed as a drama, but it changed course at the Emmys, where it was entered as a comedy and earned 12 nominations and three wins. Now it has made a successful switch at the Globes.
HBO’s fall miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” fared well, earning three nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Movie/Limited Series Actress (Frances McDormand), and TV Supporting Actor (Bill Murray). Murray is a past Globe winner for “Lost in Translation,” while McDormand won a special ensemble prize for “Short Cuts” but hasn’t picked up individual honors.
Netflix’s dark political drama “House of Cards” earned three Globe nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey), and Best Drama Actress (Robin Wright). The series was nominated in the same categories last year, and Wright was a winner.
Meanwhile, Showtime’s debut drama series “The Affair” picked up nominations in the same three categories: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Dominic West), and Best Drama Actress (Ruth Wilson). It’s the secomd Globe nomination for both Wilson and West. Wilson previously contended for the TV miniseries “Jane Eyre,” while West earned a Movie/Mini Actor bid in 2011 for “The Hour.”
“The Good Wife” earned bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Julianna Margulies), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Alan Cumming). The CBS legal drama was nominated in all three categories last year – with Josh Charles receiving the supporting nod that went to Cumming this year – and though it has yet to win the top category, Margulies previously won her category in 2009.