Can ‘Breaking Bad’ break Golden Globes curse?

Walter White may have earned the respect of the Mexican drug cartel, but when it comes to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., he’s still got a lot to prove.

Over the course of its first three seasons, AMC’s critically-acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” has amassed sixteen Emmy nominations (including two bids for Best Drama Series) and six wins. While those numbers are hardly staggering, they’re still quite impressive when compared to the show’s paltry reception at the Golden Globes. So far, the series has only managed a single nomination from the HFPA — a Drama Actor bid by Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire“).

How is it possible that one group of awards voters absolutely love a show, while another group could care less? One thing to keep in mind is that the Golden Globes voters have a somewhat notorious history of rewarding what’s hip and cool. They’ve championed such diverse series as “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” “Party of Five,” “Nip/Tuck,” and most recently “Glee.” It could be argued that “Breaking Bad,” though incredibly written and acted, isn’t the hippest show on the block. After all, the pilot episode opens with a forty-something man wielding a gun while wearing tighty-whities.

With “Breaking Bad,” there’s no stunt casting, no group sing-a-longs, no aliens, and no overt sexuality. Come to think of it, the show’s brutal simplicity might be the only factor that’s keeping it from getting its due at the Globes. But all of that could change this year.

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“Breaking Bad’s” biggest competition is “Mad Men,” and due to that show’s lengthy hiatus, it can’t be nominated by HFTA this time around. After a stellar fourth season — both creatively and in the ratings — look for “Breaking Bad” to finally jump into the Drama Series race. Other shows in the hunt for gold include “American Horror Story,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “The Walking Dead” and last year’s champ “Boardwalk Empire.”

“Breaking Bad” isn’t the first TV series that the Emmys and the Golden Globes have disagreed upon. It happens year after year. While “Modern Family” has prevailed as Best Comedy Series at the Emmys two years in a row, it was “Glee” that claimed victory twice in the same race at the Golden Globes. Over on the Drama Series side, this year’s Emmy recipient was four-time winner “Mad Men,” while the most recent Globe victor went to “Boardwalk Empire.”

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