The TV categories left a lot of talent behind this year
Excuse me, Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Mr. Negan would like a word.
The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes are here. And as usual, there are some shocking names missing from the list of honorees — including Jeffrey Dean Morgan for The Walking Dead, who just picked up a Critics’ Choice award on Sunday and was considered the zombie drama’s first real chance in years for finally nabbing a major awards nomination.
But Morgan’s snub was just the tip of the snubs bat this Monday morning.
Another EW fan favorite, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, also lost out after delivering his best season on the HBO drama and scoring his first Emmy nomination this year (in fact, only Lena Headey delivered an acting nomination among the show’s cast this year). It’s a similar story for Outlander‘s villainous Tobias Menzies. All were left out of the crowded best supporting actor category, which saw nominations going to Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager) and favored-to-win Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson), among others.
The best comedy category had some shocks too. Missing was HBO’s perpetually Emmy-nominated comedy Silicon Valley as well as Netflix’s darling Orange is the New Black. HBO’s new dark comedy Divorce also had its hopes dashed (though star Sarah Jessica Parker did pick up an acting nod). Also missing: Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot and its stars, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel (not that we thought it would get a nomination, but you never know).
On the drama series side, Fox’s Empire was snubbed across the board — zilch for the drama category or acting categories. Also absent from drama category is last year’s winner, USA’s Mr. Robot, which isn’t too much of a surprise as many thought the ambitious series creatively dipped for its second season (star Rami Malek did, however, grab an acting nod). Starz’ Outlander, Netflix’s Narcos, AMC’s Better Call Saul, and FX’s The Americans were also left in the cold (though Outlander star Caitriona Balfe; Saul star Bob Odenkirk, and Americans leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell picked up acting nods).
As a general snub: Broadcast networks once again had a relatively poor showing, with a couple major exceptions — NBC’s new drama This Is Us locked up three nominations (for drama series, and for cast members Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz — sorry Milo!), as did ABC’s perpetual favorite Black-ish. But other shows half-expected to get some recognition didn’t make the cut, like NBC’s new comedy The Good Place, ABC’s Designated Survivor, and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. In fact, Shondaland was completely left out after getting recognition for actors like Viola Davis (Murder) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) in past years. (Both Davis and Washington did score Globes nominations, though for other work.)
Now get into the acting categories. One of the biggest surprises was that the star-loving HFPA did not nominate Anthony Hopkins for HBO’s Westworld (or the perhaps more deserving Jeffrey Wright). Still, the new sci-fi series picked up honors for best drama and totally deserving citations for Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood, so the drama was far from overlooked. That Wagner Moura didn’t get a repeat nomination in the best actor category for Netflix’s Narcos was also unexpected (if anything, he was even better in the second season).
On the actress side, Tatiana Maslany (BBC America’s Orphan Black) was once again back on the bench, as was Robin Wright (Netflix’s House of Cards). Netflix’s Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown was considered likely to get recognized in the supporting category, but although the sci-fi breakout did get into the drama category and a nom for Winona Ryder, its kid stars were left out. Same for Emilia Clarke-Sophie Turner-Maisie Williams on Thrones, Constance Zimmer on Lifetime’s UnReal, and Maura Tierney in Showtime’s The Affair.
In fact, an interesting trend here: By and large, the women of new shows that otherwise landed nominations tended to get recognized more than the guys. The male actors on Westworld, Stranger Things, and This Is Us were left out, as was The Crown costar Matt Smith (though John Lithgow did get honored).
The 74th annual Golden Globes, taking place on Jan. 8, 2017. For a full list of nominees.