‘Big Little Lies’ comes close to tying Golden Globes nominations record: Just 2 shy of ‘The Thorn Birds’ and ‘L.A. Law’

Monday morning, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” earned a whopping six nominations at the 2018 Golden Globes, even more than we predicted. While that number made it this year’s TV leader — its closest competitor was FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” with four bids — “Big Little Lies” had even more to brag about. It was just two shy of tying the all-time Golden Globes record of eight nominations, set by “The Thorn Birds” in 1984 and “L.A. Law” in 1990.

Besides a bid for Best TV Movie/Limited Series, “Big Little Lies” also scored Golden Globe nominations for Best Movie/Mini Actress for both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Best Supporting Actress for both Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley, and Best Supporting Actor for Alexander Skarsgard.

Because there are two categories with double nominees, the most trophies “Big Little Lies” can take home on January 7 is four. That would be one away from the record five trophies that “Angels in America” flew off with back in 2004. Let us know how YOU think “Big Little Lies” will perform by making your Golden Globe picks now.

SEE Golden Globes 2018: Full list of nominations led by ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’

Classic miniseries “The Thorn Birds” won four Globes from its eight nominations: Best Miniseries, Best Movie/Mini Actor for Richard Chamberlain, Best Supporting Actress for Barbara Stanwyck and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Kiley. Its four losses were: Best Movie/Mini Actress for Rachel Ward, Best Supporting Actress for both Piper Laurie and Jean Simmons, and Best Supporting Actor for Bryan Brown.

NBC’s legal drama “L.A. Law” went zero-for-eight at the 1990 Golden Globes ceremony, an historic shut-out. Their losses included Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress for both Susan Dey and Jill Eikenberry, Best Drama Actor for both Corbin Bernsen and Harry Hamlin, Best Supporting Actress for Susan Ruttan, and Best Supporting Actor for both Michael Tucker and Larry Drake.

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