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)
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

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

Enlightened
Episodes
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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NO BREAKING BAD?????????? WHAT?????? glad homeland is there though. BUT COME ON!!!!!! BREAKING BAD!!!!!
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Isn't it against the law to have not nominated John Noble (Walter Bishop, Fringe) for one of these awards by now?
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Episodes??? i thought that got cancelled....
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Breaking Bad should be winning everything. But I'm glad Homeland is getting recognition, at the very least.
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Can someone please tell me that WHY ISN'T THE WALKING DEAD NOMINATED ??
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Breaking Bad should win best Drama and it's not even nominated?! That's bogus!!
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Okay, Shows that should have been nominated over American Horror Story: Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad. And one of those is from FX. Just change it out. That stumps me. Not only is that show not really good, but it doesn't seem very drama-instensive.



Three shows missing from the comedy list: Louie, Parks and Rec and Community.



Best Supporting Actor, Where the eff is Ryan Hurst. Seriously. I know that not everyone watches my beloved SAMCRO, but NOTHING? That performance was AMAZING!! I am getting caps happy... deep breaths.



Why do I do this to myself? Why do I think awards shows have even a modicum of taste? Intelligence? Any credibility? Okay, Homeland was nominated. Maybe they have a modicum. But nothing more.
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Seriously Madeline Stowe? I love Revenge but I really don't think it's award worthy.
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No Gus from Psych?.. come one. :)
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WHAT????? no breaking bad....no justified....blasphemy

i am surprised charlie's angels is not nominated
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American Horror Story? REALLY?

I'm sure Ryan Murphy is bribing the Globes, how else would AHS and Glee be nominated?



As for Best Comedy, can we remove Glee and Modern Family and add Parks & Rec and Community? Also, Amy Poehler deserves Best Actress in Comedy. She just does.
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I think I love you. I agree with everything you just said.





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ive seen all of downton abbey and it really is fantastic, worthy of all those nominations...but to leave out the good wife and 30 rock from the respective best show categories is just nonsensical!
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WTF?!?!? No Sean Bean?
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Jessica Lange is brilliant and she is playing one of the best new characters on television. However, Margo Martindale played one of the best charcters when she guested on Justified and she should win every award available for that role.
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where's gus though?
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why Johnny Galecki is nominated instead of jim parsons.. its not fair..
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really some bogus awards here, I have seen every episode of enlightenment and that show is not even a comedy. Also new girls is seriously over hyped that show is more annoying than it is funny, it is not even better than happy endings
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I don't think I believe in awards shows anymore. Glee gets a slot in Best Comedy (which as you said isn't even a comedy) over Parks and Rec's third and fourth seasons and Community continues to be disrespected. Worse things could have happened though, Whitney and 2 Broke Girls could have earned nods (*knock on wood*).



Sometimes I wonder if Ryan Murphy is bribing award voters to get his shows nominated over the more deserving of the bunch. Oh well, at least Amy Poehler was nominated for Best Actress, so GG voters, vote Leslie Knope 2012!



And the combination of supporting actors categories from two different genres (comedy and drama) as well as two different formats (TV series and miniseries/TV movies) just smacks of laziness, indecisiveness and/or time constraints.
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It's absolutely absurd that Supernatural is never nominated? I mean wtf - It's been going STRONG for 7 seasons now, fantastic crew, fantastically written. Some of the drama on that show is so intense... I can never take these nominations seriously...
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As someone who's seen every episode of SPN at least twice... it's been going strong on the CW, and it's been getting weaker every season and rehashing plot tropes (e.g. something's wrong with Sam and Dean has issues) for years now. SPN doesn't have intense drama... it has torture porn. It goes so over the top it gets ridiculous. There have been a few episodes in the last two years that probably deserved some writing awards (like the day in the life of bobby singer episode) and overall it's done a decent job keeping itself going, but Season 1 was its best season by far and that was six years ago.
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Seriously? New Girl over Community, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Cougar Town, How I Met Your Mother as well as others? Several shows, especially Community and Parks had outstanding seasons early in the year and have had several great episodes so far in their new seasons but New Girl has yet to truly prove itself. Its not even the best new comedy of the season. ME SO ANGRY
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for all whiny people :

-Breaking Bad : maybe not all people like the end of the season when Gus got his face/off "even though i like it ".

-Homeland : it is perfect .

-AHS : it is good , it have something that other shows doesn't have "unique" and it is well-written.

-comedy shows :

-glee is not at best , God hate kurt very much "i don't know how anyone can like this annoying b***" , even though i feel that the show is about a mix of gays and freaks in this season , still watching santana slaps Finn was great!

-episode is good !

at the end , you will not find a one critic he/she will put the shows that you want so get over it , guys!!!!

p.s : look at the movie that got the most postive acclaim from critics this year , it is " the tree of life" , God i hate it and it was boring.....but hey , im not whining or complaining :P
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Once again...they need to make a dramedy section. It won't be fair to have a dramedy compete with a drama or a comedy. If it's competing with a drama, it will lose. If it's competing with a comedy, it will win. Why can't they add that section when video game awards have awards for mostly all genres? There is Enlightened, Parenthood, Shameless, Switched at Birth, Glee, Weeds, The Big C, Californication, White Collar, etc.



Also, add a Sci-Fi/Fantasy section. There is enough strong ones to compete with each other. You got Game of Thrones, Fringe, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Alphas, The Secret Circle, etc to compete with each other.
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Enlightened and Glee are not comedy shows, as is Nurse Jackie! The lines are blurring on this one. I mean, where are the great funny lines in these shows???

KYLE CHANDLER!

And Callie Thorne in a "soft" show compared to the actresses on SOA or Justified??

Dern is not funny in this show, she is annoying and very good at it! Sooy is just plain irritating! Amy Poehler is great!

I find the GG very irrelevant. Someone has an agenda, and possible the categories should be expanded to include m,ore nominations. TV is getting much better and just because there is not enough slots doesn't mean they should be slighted!
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Glad that homeland is getting the limelight it deserves. This show is one of the most brilliant and amazing of this year.
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The Golden Globes are usually better in their selection process. But again, it seems to me that HBO is bribing people to get their shows on the lists. Not a lot in the way of network TV. And why is so much of that missing from these lists? Not that Fox has the best line up or anything, but where's the mentions of actors/actresses from Bones, Fringe...etc? Where's the Good Wife for best drama? Or some of the many other fine shows that may not be "darlings" of the critics, but are good all the same. So many shows missing. I am glad to see Mad Men fall from the lists, and I don't watch Breaking Bad, so I have no opinion on it being left off the list. I would suspect it's hard to put together a best of list with all the really good shows, actors and actresses that are out there. My question still remains, why in the hell do so many have to come from HBO, Showtime and company?
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Mad Men has fallen from no list, it didn't have have a season this year so it couldn't be nominated it's still the best.
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the final question is hillarious:) I know a lot of people watching downton abbey almost religiously, but the rest is a total mystery.. and the nominations really seems a little weird..
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my pickes are :



D : Boss

C : Enlightened

MS : Mildred Pierce



DA : Kelsey Grammer

DAs : Mireille Enos



CA : Alec Baldwin

CAs : Laura Dern



MSA : Idris Elba

MSAs : Kate Winslet



SA : Guy Pearce

SAs : Jessica Lange
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i also agree that Margo Martindale was incredible in Justified, as she was in Dexter and everything else shes been in. Person of Interest is also superb imo.
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Homeland is quality, community has slipped quality drastically since season 1 and 2 season 3 is patchy and i am begin extremely kind here! thrones of course superb, Dinklage is just unbelievably good but Homeland was a major surprise for me, i didn`t think it would be this good!!
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GG's still don't know how to nominate for TV, but I'm glad they've switched up the same old.
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American Horror Story over Breaking Bad? Obviously the Globes want all the attention they can get. That and getting Gervais to host again.
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Glad to see Homeland and Boss get noms. Disappointed not to see more Parks and Rec and NO Community. =\
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really surprised that there's no Giancarlo Esposito recognition
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how is boss nominated, it just started airing.
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Yeah, b ut then Chandler isn't coz 1 show carried over??? Hmmmmmmmmm
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Wow. Just wow. The only nomination for Breaking Bad is Bryan Cranston and Justified and Sons of Anarchy being snubbed? F**K YOU whoever decides who gets nominated!
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Are you sick of awards season already? NO

Does Breaking Bad not getting a Best Drama nomination make sense? NOOO

Does Homeland being nominated make up for that? NOPE!

Have you seen any of the nominated miniseries or TV movies? Neh
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Would have liked to see Mandy Patinkin as best supporting. Actually kind of surprising.



In my honest opinion, Homeland totally makes up for Breaking Bad.
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Community > Everything listed in comedy
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Are you snubbing community as well? WTH!
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Whatever. Love for "Homeland" is a good move. Also, Laura Dern. Fantastic, also for "Jurassic Park". And look in my dictionary, Dinkalge is a verb meaning "to be awesome".
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No Justified?! I'm shocked that Emmys did better noms than both the globes and sags. I'm not even gonna mention my Noble gripe!
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This is what I'm thinking for why Breaking Bad wasn't nominated. "I am not going to vote for Breaking Bad, but vote for my other favourites to get ahead. Everyone else will vote for Breaking Bad"
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What? Well, at least it's interesting. I will for sure be watching this. And not the SAG awards.
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Best comedy contains--no Community of course--but hey, New Girl's 5 episodes definitely earned it a spot. I won't even comment on the rest of these nominees....



American f***in Horror Story over Breaking Bad??!?!? Yep, Hell has officially frozen over people. WOW. NOW I HAVE SEEN IT ALL!!!!
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I'm surprised that Dominic West isn't nominated for Appropriate Adult. He was amazing in that, I haven't seen The Hour so I don't know how good he was in that, but as Fred West he was so engaging. As hard as I tried I couldn't help but like him.

So pleased that Homeland has been recognised and Claire Danes too. She is amazing in that show!!
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I actually feel sick over Breaking Bad. It's just unfathomable.
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oh, and Happy Endings in place of New Girl
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Bryan Cranston. Remember the end of 'Crawl Space'?



Claire Danes ( the end of last week's Homeland)



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I'd put Parks & Recreation, Community, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, and Sons of Anarchy in place of Glee, Episodes, Boss, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland.
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Oh well, every damn year it's the same thing with these crappy awards so this year I'm not giving a fuck.



What about a TV.com award? If I remember we had one of those in the past, right?
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