Even though Kevin Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner, he has lost all six of his Golden Globes bids for his work in film and television. He has two more chances this year as Best TV Drama Actor for “House of Cards” and in the top series race for producing that Netflix hit.
Then there is Globes darling Claire Danes who has prevailed in all four of her previous bids. She won as a teenager for “My So-Called Life,” then for the telefilm “Temple Grandin,” and twice for “Homeland.” She has is back in the race again this year for that Showtime drama.
Below, a dozen more facts, stats and records regarding the film categories. After looking these over, be sure to make your last minute Globe predictions for both film and television by clicking here.
People with multiple nominations this year are: Lena Dunham (“Girls” acting/producing), Woody Harrelson (“True Detective” acting/producing), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife” acting/producing), Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective” acting/producing), Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge” acting/producing), Bill Murray (“St. Vincent,” “Olive Kitteridge“), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher,” “The Normal Heart” acting/producing), and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards” acting/producing).
11 of this year’s 40 TV acting nominees are first-timers at the Globes: Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart“), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife“), Martin Freeman (“Fargo”), Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), Colin Hanks (“Fargo”), Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective“), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“), Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), and Allison Tolman (“Fargo“).
In the drama TV categories, four nominees are previous Globe winners: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Clive Owen (“The Knick“), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).
In the comedy TV categories, five nominees are previous Globe winners: Don Cheadle (“House of Lies“), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“), Ricky Gervais (“Derek“), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“).
In the movie/limited series categories, three nominees are previous Globe winners: Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Freak Show“), Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”), and Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge“).
How soon Globes forget
The Globes did not nominate any of their comedy winners from last January: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and its star Andy Samberg and returning host Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“).
Emmy winners/Globe snubs
Four recent Emmy champ — Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“), Ty Burrell (“Modern Family“), and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (“Sherlock: His Last Vow“) — were snubbed by the Globes.
Best Drama Series
With last year’s champ “Breaking Bad” gone, it leaves the door open for a rookie win by “The Affair,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” or “House of Cards.” While “Downton” lost its two previous bids in this race, it did win for Best TV Miniseries for its first season.
Best Comedy Series
“Girls” is the only past winner remaining in this category. Last year’s champ “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” wasn’t even nominated this year. The other contenders are freshman shows “Jane the Virgin,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Transparent” as well as sophomore program “Orange is the New Black.”
One network/two series awards
Netflix is currently favored to win both series categories with “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” If that happens, it would be the first time a network prevailed in both top TV categories since ABC did it at the 2007 ceremony (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty”).
The network leader among 2014 nominations is HBO (15), followed by Showtime (9), FX (8), Netflix (7), CBS (4), Amazon (2), CW (2), PBS (2), and Starz (2).