The Hollywood Foreign Press Association spread the wealth in their announcement of the best TV programs of 2015. Six shows earned three nominations apiece: “Outlander,” “Mr. Robot,” “Transparent,” “American Crime,” “Fargo” and “Wolf Hall.” (Click here to see the complete list of nominations.)
“Outlander” scored bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Caitriona Balfe) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies). That was an impressive haul for the Starz period fantasy, though leading man Sam Heughan was left out of the Best Drama Actor contest.
“Transparent” leads the way among comedies with bids for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Best TV Supporting Actress (Judith Light). The Amazon streaming series won Comedy and Comedy Actor last year, but Light’s nom is a first for the series and a first for the actress, who has never contended at the Globes before.
A couple of big surprises came in the comedy field: Hulu’s streaming series “Casual” and Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” contend for Best Comedy Series, and “Mozart” star Gael Garcia Bernal is up for Best Comedy Actor.
A trio of longform programs are tied at three nominations apiece. We had thought “Fargo” would be nominated five times, but even though it fell short of that it still performed well, earning bids for Best TV Movie/Limited Series and lead-acting noms for Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst.
“American Crime” was just as strong, picking up bids for Best TV Movie/Limited Series as well as acting bids for lead star Felicity Huffman and supporting actress Regina King, who won an Emmy for her performance back in September.
The British historical drama “Wolf Hall” earned noms for Best TV Movie/Limited Series along with a lead-acting nom for Mark Rylance and a supporting bid for Damian Lewis. Rylance faces off against Idris Elba (“Luther“) in his category, and those two also face off for Best Film Supporting Actor, where they’re nominated for their roles in “Bridge of Spies” and “Beasts of No Nation,” respectively.
The Starz miniseries “Flesh and Bone” was a surprise contender for Best TV Movie/Limited Series as well as for its lead actress Sarah Hay. Starz has had a strong track record in the longform categories at the Globes, earning top noms last year for “The Missing” and in previous years for “The White Queen” (2013), “Dancing on the Edge” (2013) and “The Pillars of the Earth” (2010).
“Outlander” photo credit: Courte/REX
“Mr. Robot” photo credit: USA Network
“Transparent” photo credit: Amazon/Everett/REX