‘Outlander’ Golden Globe nominations: How Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies and show dominated

After being skunked by the Emmys, the Golden Globes showered megahit “Outlander” with three nominations this morning: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Caitriona Balfe) and Best Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies). Sure, leading man Sam Heughan was cruelly snubbed — there’s always next year, Sam! — but “Outlander” was still able to dominate the Golden Globe nominations, and we know exactly how.

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Starz’s epic romance fantasy ticks a lot of boxes for Golden Globes voters. Remember, these awards are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. That’s key because the people voting for the Globes love to trumpet hot new stars like Irish-born Balfe for their media outlets around the world. And “Outlander” is one of Starz’s all-time biggest success stories.

For Best Drama Series, “Outlander” faces off against Fox’s “Empire,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Netflix’s “Narcos.” Last year’s champ “The Affair” was almost completely shut-out for its second season (save for supporting star Maura Tierney), meaning there will be a brand new Drama winner at the Globes.

Balfe’s competition for Best Drama Actress is Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). Wright won the Globe two years ago, but last year’s victor Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) was ignored this morning.

The catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor race combines performances from Dramas, Comedies, TV Movies and Limited Series, so Menzies is up against Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Damian Lewis (“Wolf Hall”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”).

Sound off on “Outlander” and the Golden Globe nominations in the comments section below our recent webchat with Heughan and then join the discussion in our TV forum, where Hollywood insiders and celebs hide behind cyber handles.

Winners for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards will be announced during a live telecast on NBC to be held January 10 and hosted for the fourth time by Globe-winning comedian Ricky Gervais.

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Photo Credit: Starz/2014 Sony Pictures Television

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