Homeland Scores Big in Unusual Golden Globes Nominations

For the Golden Globes, it's Homeland, sweet Homeland! A day after getting hit in the face with a goose egg by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Showtime's new thriller blew up at the Golden Globes with nominations for Best Drama, Best Actor (Damian Lewis), and Best Actress (Claire Danes). I should also mention that those are very well deserved.

But Homeland's good showing wasn't the only surprise announced this morning. The Golden Globes seemed to go out of their way to bring in fresh blood to the tired TV-awards machine, giving various nominations to new hits like New Girl and Revenge, but omitting awards mainstays Breaking Bad and 30 Rock from their respective "Best of" genres. This is either a move designed to bring in new fans or state-of-the-art trolling.

Here are the TV nominations for the 2012 Golden Globes Awards:

Best Drama Series

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire (last year's winner)
Game of Thrones

It's SO WEIRD to not see Breaking Bad or Mad Men in there. Obviously the latter was ineligible this year with the time off, but the inexplicable omission of Breaking Bad is a boggler. The Globes have always lived in the shadow of other awards shows, so I wouldn't be surprised if this list was put together to grab on to "the now" and bring in a hipper, younger audience. Four of the five shows here are in their first season; Boardwalk Empire is in its second. Starz has to be elated to see Boss there, but is American Horror Story–a fun show–really more deserving than Breaking Bad or The Good Wife or The Playboy Club?

Best Comedy Series

Glee (last year's winner)
Modern Family
New Girl

Once again, Golden Globes are destroying the mold here. Three new shows and two more that are only three seasons old. It's like the Globes are allergic to old or something. No 30 Rock for the first time since that show's first season and no The Office! I'm proud of this list. Now if someone can stop Glee (which isn't a comedy AHEM) from winning a third consecutive Golden Globe, we might be onto something here. However, there's a lost opportunity with no Louie. I thought you was hip, Golden Globes!

Best Actor in a Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (last year's winner)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Not a whole lot to complain about here except the absence of Emmy-winner Kyle Chandler, who may have been ineligible due to DirecTV's first-run of the final season, but I don't think so since Friday Night Lights ended its run in February. Once again, no network dramas represented here. Looks like this "cable" thing may stick around for a while!

Best Actress in a Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

(Last year's winner - Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy)

Seriously, guys. What's going on here? Four new nominees in this category? Don't the Globes know that awards shows are supposed to repeat nominees over and over again until we hate them? Margulies is the only rerun here this year. And I wouldn't know Callie Thorne or Necessary Roughness if they hit me in the face. If there's one person I'm putting all my hope behind this year (last year it was Justified's Margo Martindale) it's Claire Danes. She's doing work.

Best Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

(Last year's winner - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory)

What is with the Globes' obsession with Thomas Jane? This is the third year in a row he's been nominated. I haven't seen Hung since Season 1, but the first time I saw it I thought that show was about a gigolo robot based on his performance. I'm not totally on board with Galecki over co-star Jim Parsons, either. If I had to pick one winner here, it would be Louis C.K. or Josh from Terra Nova.

Best Actress in a Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C (last year's winner)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Hey, at least Lea Michele didn't get nominated. Nice to see Laura Dern recognized here. I'll cheat and put my support behind her because of Jurassic Park. And because I really don't need to see Zooey sing her acceptance speech.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Movie

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

(Last year's winner - Chris Colfer, Glee)

Is anyone really a fan of how the Globes lump all the supporting actors into one category? Don't supporting actors get enough grief and disrespect already? Over the last two years there have been a total of zero actors in miniseries or movies in this category. This year, there are three. Apparently no voter saw Giancarlo Esposito in Once Upon a Time Breaking Bad. Also, "Dinklage" should be a verb meaning "to be awesome."

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

(Last year's winner - Jane Lynch, Glee)

Downton Abbey in the hizzy! Yo ladies, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Margo Martindale in Justified was one of the best performances by a supporting actress of all time!

Best Miniseries or Movie

Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

And in the category of "things I always say I want to watch but haven't actually taken the time to watch anything more than one episode of The Hour," I'll abstain from opinion.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page 8
Dominic West, The Hour

OH MY GOD! It's Stringer Bell versus Jimmy McNulty!

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

I <3 Kate Winslet big time.

Are this year's Golden Globe Awards nominations nutty or what? I'll give them credit for trying to be different, even though it smacks of a desperate cry for attention.

Are you sick of awards season already? Does Breaking Bad not getting a Best Drama nomination make sense? Does Homeland being nominated make up for that? Have you seen any of the nominated miniseries or TV movies?

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