The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) announced its annual Golden Globe Award nominations Thursday, and as usual there were a few welcome new faces amongst their familiar favorites as well as some surprising omissions.
The Golden Globes thankfully showed some love for SAG-snubbed Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham, as well as having Dunham's "Girls" break into the Best Musical or Comedy Series category.
It is most gratifying to see that these foreign journos also took our advice and gave comedian Louis CK an overdue nomination, as well as a repeat nod to Amy Poehler, both of whom are fast becoming a staple at these awards shows.
Showtime's "Homeland" followed up its strong SAG Awards showing with four nods, the most of any series. Series stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis make the grade again, and finally, Mandy Patinkin notches his first major nomination for his role on the show.
And after years of inexplicable neglect, the HFPA has finally included "Breaking Bad" in the Best Drama Series category, atoning for the numerous times they snubbed one of the best drama series on TV.
Every year, we look forward to the new faces included in the Golden Globes roster, even some of the whacky left-field choices, which at least give us something to talk about (whether by celebrating or griping). This year, we got Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere ("Nashville") and Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"). Perhaps a few more unexpected choices would have been preferable, but it is always welcome to see the HFPA vouch for new blood.
However, as the Globes giveth, they also taketh away. The unfortunate omission of AMC's "Mad Men" among the Best Drama Series lineup is likely a result of the HFPA's obsession with the new. No doubt TV critics will pounce on this as they mercilessly attack the Globes for such a slight.
A year after the Globes deemed Starz's "Boss" a Best Drama Series nominee and its leading man Kelsey Grammer a Globe winner, neither are to be found this time around. My, how the mighty have fallen.
The TV Movie and Miniseries categories are a little dull this year, with only USA's "Political Animals" inspiring any excitement from me. How HBO's "The Girl" managed three nominations is also a bit of a mystery.
Finally, I was hoping for even more left-field surprises. Where were Melissa George ("Hunted") or Gabriel Macht ("Suits")? Or maybe basic cable ratings powerhouses "Sons of Anarchy" or "The Walking Dead"?
It is time that the silly cobbled-together supporting categories are either eliminated or split into separate categories according to genre. Lumping Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") with three drama series players - Panettiere ("Nashville"), Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife") and Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") - as well as Sarah Paulson ("Game Change"), is absurd.
Ditto, Max Greenfield ("New Girl") and Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") competing alongside Danny Huston ("Magic City"), Patinkin ("Homeland") and Ed Harris ("Game Change"). It just doesn't make sense.
Apparently there were no good new comedy series from the broadcast networks this year. "The New Normal" and "The Mindy Project" wree completely ignored, as was what looked like a shoo-in for NBC with Matthew Perry and "Go On."