'Outlander' tops 'Game of Thrones' and other jaw-dropping moves among the TV nominations
This year’s Golden Globes nominations were even more shocking and snub-filled than usual.
Outlander nominated for best drama?
Casual for comedy series!
We bet most fans haven’t even heard of Mozart in the Jungle.
Lady Gaga but no Tatiana Maslany …
And can you believe not one cast member from Emmy-sweeping Game of Thrones was honored?
Here’s a breakdown of the biggest surprises and snubs from the Golden Globes TV nominees Thursday morning (to read about the movie nomination snubs, go here):
Comedy Series: Broadcast has more comedies than cable and streaming services combined, but if you ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, none of the Big 4’s shows deserve a series award. That’s not hugely surprising as the Globes and Emmys have increasingly honored cable in recent years. But now it seems that streaming is the new cable, with four of the six nominees from online services — Mozart, Casual, OITNB and Transparent — and the other two slots went to HBO’s heavy-hitting tag-team of Silicon Valley and Veep. Roman Coppola’s well-regarded yet low-profile Amazon comedy Mozart wasn’t even on most critics’ prediction lists, but then again neither was Hulu’s Casual.
Yet despite all the streaming love, Netflix’s Master of None was left out, and that title was all over critics’ best-of-the-year lists and seemed like exactly the sort of smart freshman series that the Globes would honor. Quite possibly the even bigger snub is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which insiders assumed was a lock.
Drama Series: Game of Thrones was nominated, of course. But every other chosen show contained some degree of surprise. USA’s terrific breakout drama Mr. Robot was a huge relief. By picking Empire, the Globes honored the Fox mega-hit that the Emmys ignored in the top category. Netflix’s Narcos was favored to get on here, and did. And then there is Outlander, Starz’ romantic time-travel fantasy that has an avid fan base but has critically rested deeply in Thrones‘ shadow. Not only did Outlander get a series nod, but stars Tobias Menzies and Caitriona Balfe were also nominated (sorry Sam Heughan). In fact, since Outlander got three nominations and Thrones was “only” nominated for best drama, you could say that … Outlander beat Game of Thrones, which is truly a shocker.
Left out: PBS’ perpetual (and sometimes inexplicably) nominated Downton Abbey and AMC’s Better Call Saul, though Bob Odenkirk did receive an acting nod for the latter. HBO’s The Leftovers was also snubbed after a strong second season, but it was considered a bit of a long shot anyway.
Acting: Pleasant surprises first! Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek broke in, thankfully, as did Christian Slater. On Fargo, Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst were nominated among a very strong cast. Lady Gaga was nominated because the HFPA wants her at the awards show for her American Horror Story: Hotel performance. Fox’s Scream Queens helped its renewal odds by Jamie Lee Curtis getting a nomination. The CW’s struggling Crazy Ex-Girlfriend greatly helped its survival chances by star Rachel Bloom getting a nod — marking the network’s second year in a row to get a surprise performance nomination after Jane the Virgin broke through (and Gina Rodriguez scored another nomination this year, as well). So pick it up, CW superheroes!
Cool to see Maura Tierney for Showtime’s The Affair and Wagner Moura for Netflix’s Narcos (even if his accent was roundly mocked). Showtime’s Penny Dreadful tends to be all kinds of ignored, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Eva Green get some love. Aziz Ansari received a nice nod for Master of None. And great to see Idris Elba for Luther.
And the other side of the coin … The star-loving HFPA would pick Rob Lowe over Fred Savage, who has been the best part of The Grinder. Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany was snubbed, of course (she only gets nominated when you no longer expect her to be nominated). Again, nobody on Thrones, not even Lena Headey. On Fargo, to overlook Bokeem Woodbine for his scene-stealing performance seems downright criminal (and again shows the HFPA’s predilection toward honoring bigger star names). Since the HFPA is obviously watching Narcos, it would have been great to see Pedro Pascal nominated. Aya Cash was overlooked on FX’s You’re the Worst (as was the series itself).
Limited Series: Okay, this category went down pretty much like many expected. FX’s Fargo, ABC’s American Crime, FX’s American Horror Story, PBS’ Wolf Hall — basically let’s give the award to Fargo unless the HFPA gets downright diabolical. Starz’s Flesh and Bone crashed the party, however, and HBO is probably disappointed awards-bait like Show Me a Hero and Bessie were left out. Also: Remember when True Detective was such a phenomenon a mere one year ago that HBO confidently placed it into the Emmy drama series category instead of limited series? Or when True Detective vs. Fargo was a thing at the Globes? Now after season 2, the show isn’t even cracking the limited series nominations.
The nominations were announced Thursday morning. Here’s the full list of nominees. The Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 10 on NBC with Ricky Gervais set to return as host.