The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. spread the wealth in their announcement of the best TV programs of 2016. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” lead with five nominations, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series. “The Night Manager” was close behind with four, while five shows earned three nominations apiece: “Blackish,” “The Crown,” “Westworld,” “This is Us,” and “The Night Of.” Fan favorites”Game of Thrones” and “Strangers Things” received two each, while “Outlander” scored a second consecutive bid for its star Caitriona Balfe. (Click here to see the complete list of nominations.)
“Blackish” leads the way among laffers with bids for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Anthony Anderson) and Best Comedy Actress (Tracee Ellis Ross). Not bad for a show that was completely shut-out in its first year at the Globes.
Last year’s Comedy Series champ, Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” is back to defend its title, as is its star Gael Garcia Bernal, who hopes to win his second consecutive prize for Best Comedy Actor.
Also competing in the top race are three series with two nominations apiece: FX’s “Atlanta,” which earned an additional bid for Best Comedy Actor (Donald Glover); Amazon’s “Transparent,” which also competes for Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor); and HBO’s “Veep,” which contends for Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Despite winning five consecutive Emmys for her role as President Selina Meyer, Dreyfus has yet to win a Globe for the part (she does have one for “Seinfeld” , however).
A trio of shows tied for the most drama nominations with three each: Netflix’s “The Crown,” which competes for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy), and Best TV Supporting Actor (John Lithgow); HBO’s “Westworld,” contending for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Evan Rachel Wood), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton); and NBC’s “This is Us,” which scored two bids for Best TV Supporting Actress (Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore) in addition to Best Drama Series.
Rounding out the Drama Series nominations is HBO’s Emmy-juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” which also earned a bid for TV Supporting Actress (Lena Heady), and Netflix’s breakout hit “Stranger Things,” which contends for Best Drama Actress (Winona Ryder) as well.
Emmy titan “The People v. O.J. Simpson” lead the overall TV nominations with five, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress (Sarah Paulson), and two for Best TV Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta). Vance, Paulson, and Brown all won Emmys for their roles in the FX series, and could repeat here.
AMC’s John le Carre adaptation “The Night Manager” was close behind with four bids, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor (Tom Hiddleston), Best TV Supporting Actor (Hugh Laurie), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Olivia Coleman).
HBO’s “The Night Of” also had a strong showing with three nominations, including two for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor (Riz Ahmed and John Turturro) to go along with its Best TV Movie/Limited Series citation.
They compete against ABC’s “American Crime,” which also earned a nomination for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress (Felicity Huffman), and STARZ’s “The Dresser,” the only TV Movie contending in the top category.
“Mr. Robot” is back with nominations for Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Christian Slater), although it failed to earn a bid for Best Drama Series despite winning the prize last year. Slater hopes to snag his second consecutive statuette for the USA series, while Malek wishes to parlay his Emmy victory into a win here.
STARZ’s “Outlander” is down from three nominations last year to just one for Balfe, failing to repeat in Best Drama Series and Best TV Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies). And lead actor Sam Heughan will have to wait another year for his first bid in Best Drama Actor.
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