On Thursday morning the official nominees for the 2012 Golden Globes were announced, and there was a little bit of everything: predictable nominations, surprises, and of course television getting sadly overshadowed by movies yet again.
The biggest surprise to us? Seeing “The Newsroom,” deserving as it may be, getting so much love in the major categories. Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” was left out of the drama category, and Hugh Bonneville was one of the more notable snubs.
Best Actor in a Drama
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
All largely predictable nominees, since the mirror exactly what we say from the SAG Awards yesterday. It’s still a surprise to see Daniels get the nod, but a nice surprise.
Best Actress in a Drama
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
It’s nice to see Britton joining the party here, and making this an even stronger race that Claire Danes will inevitably win without contention.
Best TV Series, Drama
The fact that “The Newsroom” is here over “Game of Thrones” is very surprising, especially since many critics spent all summer long bashing it and Aaron Sorkin. Personally, though, we’re still happy to see it around here.
On a separate note, how in the world is “Mad Men” not on this list? Do the Globes viewers really hate Megan this much?
Best Supporting Actor
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin” Homeland”
Huston’s nomination is the biggest surprise here, but what we like the most about these nominations is that it doesn’t feel like the Globes are shoving “Modern Family” down our throats.
Best Supporting Actress
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Like we said with supporting actor, this is a nice mix. It’s also nice to see the deserving Sarah Paulson crack in here.
Best Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
It’s somewhat refreshing with Cheadle’s addition, but this is probably what everyone predicting going into this morning, as well.
Best Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
You can see above, except replace Cheadle with Louis-Dreyfus and Dunham. No surprises here.
Best TV Series, Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
We get it that awards shows like to snub “Community,” but in the what world is “Smash” a more-qualified nominee than “Louie” or “Parks and Recreation”? Just because the official label here is “Musical or Comedy” does not mean that you have to put a musical in.
What do you think about some of these nominees as a whole? Be sure to share below, and you can also check out the nominees for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards over at the link here.
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