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The biggest shocks and snubs of the Golden Globes' TV nominations

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The Normal Heart
Jojo Whilden/HBO

As happy as we are for all of the 72nd Golden Globe Awards nominees, the “of course” nods are never as exciting as noting who got shut out or who got a nod out of the blue. These are just some of the TV nominees—and surprising missing names—that have us scratching our heads today.

SNUB: Kerry Washington, ABC’s Scandal. The Gladiators will not be pleased about this. While Thursday’s other Shonda Rimes leading lady, Viola Davis, earned a nomination for How to Get Away with Murder, Washington didn’t receive her much-expected second nomination for playing Olivia Pope.

SNUB: AMC’s Mad Men. Don Draper certainly isn’t getting the send-off that Walter White got. Ahead of its final episodes, one of the pioneers of TV’s current golden age is nowhere to be seen. This is the second year in a row that the Globes have completely shut out Mad Men. Somewhere, Jon Hamm turns to Elisabeth Moss and says, “They know we’re still on TV, right?”

SHOCK: Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon’s Transparent. It’s important to make clear that the surprise here has nothing to do with Tambor’s performance and everything to do with the politics around the Globes. Amazon wasn’t a proven awards entity until this morning’s announcement, and the HFPA had never recognized Tambor with a nod, despite six Emmy nominations between Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show.

SNUB: Lizzy Caplan, Showtime’s Masters of Sex. So the second season didn’t live up to the first, but did we have to drop standout Caplan from Best Actress—in addition to ignoring Michael Sheen and the series itself?

SNUB: Julia Roberts, HBO’s The Normal Heart. For a long time, the HFPA’s well-known love of Hollywood A-listers was a bias we could set our clocks to. Yet here we are. Plenty of awards pundits had already called the race in Roberts’ favor, but the big showing for HBO this morning didn’t hit the typical beats. Nothing makes sense anymore.

SHOCK: The best comedy series categories. If recent TV awards history has taught us anything, it’s that Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory will lord over the best comedy categories until the end of time. Combine that with last year’s surprising wins for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and this year’s Globes field might be the biggest shock of all. New shows Silicon Valley, Jane the Virgin and Transparent, along with dubiously categorized comedy Orange is the New Black, have completely bumped the old guard and their casts. Also: You go, Gina Rodriguez!

SNUB: Tatiana Maslany, BBC America’s Orphan Black. Should we even be surprised at this point when the outstanding Tatiana Maslany isn’t recognized by an awards body? She managed to snag a nom last year at the Globes, though. What gives?

SHOCK: Starz’s The Missing. The cable channel that isn’t HBO was able to put some force behind its eight-part mystery miniseries that isn’t True Detective, knocking out American Horror Story: Freak Show in the process.

The Golden Globe Awards will air on January 11, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.