Golden Globe Nominations: 'Fargo' Makes a Big Impression, Amazon and CW Break Through

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'Transparent' and 'Jane the Virgin' score two noms apiece, marking the first recognition for their respective streamer and network

New series earned a noticeable surplus of affection from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during Thursday's Golden Globe nominations. FX miniseries Fargo, fresh off of a fairly spectacular showing at the Emmys, led TV mentions with five — but there were also multiple nominations for outlets unfamiliar to the awards show circuit. Both Amazon's Transparent and The CW's Jane the Virgin broke through in the comedy categories.

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Equally as noticeable as the new blood are the omissions of some longtime Golden Globe favorites. Modern Family was completely shut out this year, as was 2014 darling Brooklyn Nine-Nine. On the drama side, Mad Men continued its rough streak that started with a Screen Actors Guild snub on Wednesday. And Homeland, while earning a nomination for Claire Danes, did not make an appearance in the drama category despite recent critical praise.

The battle that the Emmys avoided, when Fargo entered as a miniseries and HBO's True Detective went up for drama, will finally come to fruition during the Globes telecast. Both anthologies go head-to-head in the miniseries or telepic category, while the four actors (Fargo's Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton and True Detective's Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) will all be facing each other and The Normal Heart's Mark Ruffalo.

Transparent is giving Amazon the same profile lift House of Cards brought Netflix last year. The streamer's first original series to break through with critics, it scored a nom for best comedy and for lead Jeffrey Tambor. And though The CW is a broadcast network, it's never been part of the awards conversation. Jane the Virgin's mentions in the comedy category and for breakout lead Gina Rodriguez are even more impressive considering it's the only network comedy to score a mention. (The Big Bang Theory joined Modern Family and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in its absence from the category.)

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Showtime earned a big boost thanks to The Affair. In addition to nominations for Homeland, HFPA favorite Ray Donovan and House of Lies (Don Cheadle), the freshman from Sarah Treem scored a best drama nom and mentions for leads Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. New blood was also well represented in the acting races, with Viola Davis scoring the only nom for ABC hit How to Get Away With Murder, Clive Owen giving Cinemax some exposure for The Knick and Maggie Gyllenhaal getting some love for Sundance critical darling The Honorable Woman. The Missing, which just bowed on Starz, also pulled two noms — including one for actress Frances O'Connor.

House of Cards continues to make a strong showing for Netflix, as does Orange Is the New Black. Both pulled three nominations apiece for the streamer.

 

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