The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes came out this morning, and we have to say that overall, we’re extremely impressed by what the voters over at the Hollywood Foreign Press came up with. While we don’t necessarily agree with every choice, this does not feel nearly as much like the voters just took a nap, and then filled out a ballot at the last second using shows that have been on the air for five years. This is basically a grade-A batch of nominations compared to the grade-C group that the Screen Actors Guild gave us.
Not only are there a number of first-time nominees in the group below, but we’re personally hoping that with some of them, they could bring a batch of ratings attention that the show did not previously have.
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
This was a very bold move to not have “Homeland” on the list this year, but the right one. “The Good Wife” has been stellar this year, “Masters of Sex” has proven itself to be a winner, and “Breaking Bad” is still the undisputed favorite. The only thing we would change is swap out “Downton Abbey” or “House of Cards” with “Game of Thrones.”
Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Cranston will win this, and he should win this. No questions asked, other than maybe why “Ray Donovan” is on this list. Regardless of what he may have submitted himself as, our ideal list would also include Freddie Highmore of “Bates Motel.” Happy to see Spader getting some love here.
Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
This is the most surprising category ever. Not only is Tatiana finally given some credit (and she should be favored to win this category), but there is no love for two-time champion Claire Danes. We were a little surprised to see Lizzy Caplan not on the list for “Masters of Sex,” but it’s hard to argue against any of the choices made.
Comedy / Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
Our heart was literally filled with joy to wake up and see “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” get some of the love and attention it deserves in its first season. “Girls” and “Parks and Recreation” are nice additions, and we can’t really get too upset over the other two always-present nominees being there again. What would you have replaced them with this year?
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 list is a little bit of a mixed bag. Parsons’ nomination is expected, so we won’t argue with that. Bateman and Samberg are nice surprises, given that they haven’t always been given a ton of love. As for the others, we still don’t get “House of Lies” as a consistently funny series, and Michael J. Fox may have just been nominated because he’s Michael J Fox.
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
We have a feeling that Falco could eat a sandwich on “Nurse Jackie” for ten episodes, and people would still vote her on this list. The only reason that we cannot protest her inclusion further is because there’s not really anyone else out there in this weak comedy year that we’d fight for to be on this list.
TV Movie / Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen
We’re not up to date on all of the miniseries this year, but great for Starz to get two of their own programs on this list. “Behind the Candelabra” is going to win for HBO, though. This is a no-brainer.
TV Movie / Miniseries Actor
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
Douglas wins. Book it now.
TV Movie / Miniseries Actress
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”
This is the only time this year that a “Mad Men” star has a nomination … but it’s not for “Mad Men.” Ouch. Also, Helen Mirren will win here mostly because she’s Helen Mirren.
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
Seriously, another “Ray Donovan” nomination? We’d side with Aaron Paul here, but at the same time we still can’t help but complain how grouping all the supporting actors together dooms everyone in a comedy.
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “The White Queen”
Hayden Panettierre, “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
This is probably the worst category in terms of voting decisions. Save for Potter, we’d have everyone else on this list replaced. Our picks? Potter, Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”), Maggie Siff (“Sons of Anarchy”), Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), and Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
You can read some more Golden Globes coverage at the link here, including a list coming up of who we feel are some of this year’s most significant snubs. This show will air on NBC Sunday, January 12.
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