Coming right on the heels of yesterday's SAG Award nominations are the nominees for the drunker, shinier Golden Globe Awards. The 71st annual event will take place on Sunday, January 12 and will once again be hosted by reigning queens of comedy Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Early this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the 2014 nominees with a few very welcome surprises, and a few not so surprising snubs... yeah, I'm looking at you Homeland. The Globes are known for this; they often recognize younger shows that are very hot at the moment, and honor individuals other award shows won't touch—deserving or not.
This year's surprise nominees include freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its star Andy Samberg. The HFPA also gave nods to Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany (who's currently battling it out with Once Upon a Time's Lana Parrilla for Best Dramatic Actress in our own Best of 2013 Awards) and Parenthood's Monica Potter. Both women turned in critically acclaimed performances on their respective series, but aside from a Critics' Choice Award for each, neither have really received the recognition that many think they deserve. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul also received a nomination for his stellar work as Jesse Pinkman in the series' final season this summer. Despite having won two Emmys for the role, this is the first time he's been nominated for a Golden Globe.
Keep reading for the full list of television nominees!
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
This category has so many worthy contenders that I know it must be difficult to narrow the list down to five nominees. And I know my wish for Justified to receive some love will never come to fruition, but Downton Abbey? The sudsy drama from across-the-pond was so wonderful and different when it premiered, but I don't know that its third season deserves to be listed alongside the likes of the final season of Breaking Bad, and the freshman seasons of Masters of Sex and House of Cards. That spot could have easily gone to Game of Thrones, Orphan Black or The Americans. It's nice to see The Good Wife sneak in a nomination to represent network television though.
Notably absent: two-time winner Homeland, Game of Thrones, Mad Men
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Remember when I said the Golden Globes often honored individuals that no one else would touch? Sometimes they're deserving, but something they're so WTF you're just dumbfounded. That's this year's nomination for Liev Schreiber. It's not that Schreiber isn't a good actor, but look at his competition. Bryan "Three-Time Emmy Winner" Cranston! James "I Am Nominated For All The Things" Spader, Kevin "I'm Actually a Movie Star" Spacey! Michael "I Also Star In Movies That Win Awards Sometimes" Sheen. In the words of Regina George, I think someone nominated him as a joke or something.
Notably absent: Jon Hamm, Damien Lewis (last year's winner), Steve Buscemi
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
It would be easy to litter this category with cable actresses, so it's nice to see that the HFPA still recognizes all the great work Julianna Margulies is doing on The Good Wife after she was shut out at this year's Emmy Awards. And it's about damn time someone gave Tatiana Maslany the credit she deserves for starring in what is essentially a one-woman show. Taylor Schilling is also a nice surprise.
Notably absent: Claire Danes (last year's winner)
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
My first instinct was, "Where's New Girl"? Then I remembered Season 3 (the eligibility period for the Golden Globes is the calendar year, not the TV season calendar). It's surprising to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the same category as Girls and Parks and Recreation, but I don't really hate this list. I mean, Modern Family's nomination is boring, but it's something that was going to happen anyway, so I won't fight it.
Notably Absent: Veep, Arrested Development, 30 Rock
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This is quite an interesting list of nominees. Obviously, only the Devil himself would talk shit about Michael J. Fox, so I'll just say it's a pleasant surprise to see the HFPA honoring for him for a series that is, unfortunately, not spectacular. Nominating Jim Parsons is standard awards show fare these days, but the recognition is wholly deserved as his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper continues to be wonderful. I could take or leave Don Cheadle, am slightly confused by Andy Samberg's nomination (but find it refreshing), and completely expected Jason Bateman's appearance on this list.
Notably absent: Alec Baldwin
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
This is a list of ladies in comedies. It's predictable, but not in a bad way. I don't even hate it, I just can't seem to muster up anything to say about it.
Notably absent: Tina Fey
BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen
Aside from the fact I still think it's ridiculous that American Horror Story is included in this category simply because it's an anthology series, these are easy nominations. Top of the Lake was a magnificent miniseries, and I'd like to see it take home some awards, but I have a feeling this will be the Behind the Candelabra show come January.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Remember the year Jimmy McNulty was up against Stringer Bell and Stringer won and they hugged and you felt like the world imploded from it all? Damn. Too bad the BBC canceled The Hour.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Any hope I had for Elisabeth Moss to win this category for Top of the Lake went out the window when I noticed Dame Helen Mirren's name above hers. And again when I noticed Jessica Lange's name. Congrats to Rebecca Ferguson, though, for cracking this category. Holy shit.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
I'll never understand why the Golden Globes lump all of the supporting acting categories together into one, especially when you consider the wealth of talent in the drama categories recently. Not a single comedic actor earned a nomination this year, which might be cause for the HFPA to finally separate them, but it probably isn't. That being said, I couldn't be happier to see Aaron Paul's name in this list, because the Globes have never recognized his performance on Breaking Bad despite the two Emmys he has to his name. Rob Lowe ... is probably pissed he wasn't nominated as a lead actor, while Jon Voight is pretty much only in this list because he's Jon Voight.
Notably absent: comedy actors, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins (I really just want him to get some awards love, okay?!)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Hayden Panettiere continues to steal the spotlight from Connie Britton on Nashville, which most people thought to be impossible until it actually happened. She's definitely the best part of the series and her work continues to blow me away. I'd argue she's much more of a lead than a supporting actor, though. Monica Potter, as I mentioned earlier, wholly deserves recognition for Parenthood, but not for this season. Her cancer storyline in Season 4 was definitely award worthy, but most of that season aired in 2012, not 2013.
Notably absent: Anna Gunn, Maggie Smith (last year's winner), Michelle Fairley
Here's the live replay of this morning's announcements, as read by Aziz Ansari, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana.
For the full list of nominations, including those for film, check out the HFPA's website. Then let's hear your thoughts in the comments!