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Chris Beachum: Good, bad and ugly of Golden Globe TV nominations

By Chris Beachum
Dec 13 2012 12:28 pm
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Thursday's Golden Globe nominations brought quite a bit of the expected, meaning their familiar mix of continued favorites, first recognitions of new shows and performers, and unexplainable snubs that get the tongues talking.

THE GOOD
First-ever nominations for Connie Britton ("Nashville"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Max Greenfield ("New Girl"), and  Louis C.K. ("Louie").

"Breaking Bad" finally breaking through with its first drama series bid.

"The Newsroom" and star Jeff Daniels receiving much deserved nominations.

Continued love for "Homeland" and stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis from the first kudos that recognized them last year (plus Mandy Patinkin this time!).

Ceremony hosts Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") reaping competing bids and therefore setting up a very funny possible situation on the show.

HBO's "The Girl," Toby Jones, and Sienna Miller all earning nominations.
 

THE BAD
A big snub to Matthew Perry ("Go On"), who I thought would actually win Best TV Comedy Actor.

Overlooking Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander"), Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Martin Freeman and his miniseries "Sherlock", Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger ("Hatfields and McCoys"), Sam Waterston ("The Newsroom") and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad").

"The Hour" is in contention as top miniseries but nothing for stars Romola Garai, Dominic West, or especially Ben Whishaw.
 

THE UGLY
The amazing trend this group has of awarding someone and then kicking them out completely the following year: see you later, Kelsey Grammer ("Boss") and Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones").

Becoming the first show ever to snub "Mad Men" in the top category (in fact, the only nod this time is for Jon Hamm).

A major omission for "American Horror Story: Asylum" as top miniseries (even though last year's winner Jessica Lange is nominated again).

The complete rejection of Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias" and stars Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, and Alfre Woodard.

 
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