Starz’s “Outlander” earned a trio of Golden Globes nominations last year — Best Drama Series, Best TV Drama Actress for Caitriona Balfe and Best TV Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies — but fans of Sam Heughan were left scratching their heads in confusion when the show’s lead actor was shockingly snubbed. Will Heughan stage a Golden Globes comeback this year? There is precedent for such a move with those unpredictable members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Just this year, “The Affair” scene-stealer Maura Tierney was nominated — and won — in the race for Best TV Supporting Actress for the second season of the Showtime drama. That’s notable considering that Tierney was snubbed for the first season despite the show winning two Golden Globes that year: Best Drama Series and Ruth Wilson for Best TV Drama Actress.
Similarly, Amazon laffer “Mozart in the Jungle” was snubbed across the board for Season 1, but Season 2 went on to win Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor for Gael Garcia Bernal. All this goes to show that HFPA voters are great at making amends to those actors and shows they’ve previously snubbed. Just because Heughan was snubbed last year doesn’t mean he’s also out this year.
As for the upcoming third season of “Outlander,” showrunner Ronald D. Moore teased to Gold Derby recently, “It’s very exciting. The third book’s called ‘Voyager’ and it’s as different from the second season as the second was from the first. [Season 3] involves a sea voyage and going to the Caribbean and to Jamaica and it has war elements and more 20th century stuff and back-and-forth time travel elements.”
“Outlander” was nominated for two Emmy Awards this year — Best Period Costumes and Best Period Production Design — but lost to “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey,” respectively. And in 2015 music composer Bear McCreary was recognized for the show’s original score, but Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”) won instead.
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