Golden Globes TV: Newcomers 'Homeland,' 'New Girl' and 'Boss' Each Score Multiple Nominations
Miniseries "Downton Abbey" and "Mildred Pierce" took home the most nods, while an infusion of new blood saw many mainstay dramas and comedies sidelined.
Any concern over Homeland's snub during the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations yesterday is likely gone today. Showtime's acclaimed freshman drama walked away with three Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning, tying it with Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family for the most of any series.
The most celebrated TV efforts, however, were miniseries. Downton Abbey and Mildred Pierce, each of which garnered four mentions. TV movies Cinema Verite and Too Big to Fail, alongside BBC America mini The Hour, also brought in three nominations a piece.
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In comedies, the biggest surprise was likely Fox's New Girl. Zooey Deschanel earned a nom for best actress, while the new show was among the honorees for best comedy series. It was joined by previous winner Modern Family, Glee, Episodes and HBO's Enlightened. The latter also brought a best actress nomination for star Laura Dern. She and Deschanel join veterans Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Laura Linney (The Big C) in the category.
An unexpected turn among the funny men was Johnny Galecki's nomination for Big Bang Theory over absentee co-star Jim Parsons, who won in the category last year.
Among supporting players, Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) and recent Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) joined Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet. Kelly MacDonald also scored her second nomination for her work on Boardwalk Empire.
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Only one nominee for best drama was also represented last year. Reigning winner Boardwalk Empire is joined by American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Kelsey Grammer's Starz series, Boss. AMC's Breaking Bad somehow escaped a nomination, despite universal praise for its recent season.
Star Byran Cranston is the series' lone recognition, earning a best actor in a drama mention alongside Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Grammer. Perennial favorites like Michael C. Hall (Dexter) Hugh Laurie (House) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) were all absent -- though the latter did not qualify this year.
The actresses are equally diverse, with Julianna Marguiles the only returning nominee. Claire Danes (Homeland) and Mireille Enos (The Killing) were also new entries, as were surprise nominees Madeleine Stowe (Revenge) and Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness).
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Last year's winner, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal, was apparently snubbed -- as was Kyra Sedgwick, who went unrecognized as her final episode of The Closer approaches.
Perhaps one of the biggest takeaways from this year's list is the show's that may have lost their sheen with Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters. Glee only bagged one nomination, while Dexter and Nurse Jackie (which have both enjoyed multiple nominations in previous years) were completely absent.
A complete list of nominees can be found here.