Initial reports stated that a sewage pipe had burst near the Beverly Hilton, flooding the red carpet. But the actual problem was a sprinkler malfunction, depositing a much cleaner form of water under the feet of Hollywood’s most hoity-toity. Still, in the ulta-controlled, ultra-pampered world of awards shows, even a minor malfunction such as this merited extensive discussion in the media. At least the weather remained pleasant. (Jason H. Neubert / Los Angeles Times)
The nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. at the Beverly Hilton. In a sign of the ever-increasing breadth of quality television and the sometimes idiosyncratic taste of the HFPA, a host of newcomers such as “Orphan Black,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Masters of Sex” received nominations, while established awards favorites “Mad Men” and “Homeland” were shut out entirely.
In the TV drama series category, AMC’s Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” and PBS’ “Downton Abbey” were nominated along with new entries “Masters of Sex” (Showtime) and “House of Cards” (Netflix). The CBS legal drama “The Good Wife,” currently earning rave reviews for its fifth season, earned a slot for the first time since 2010, ending an awards trend that saw broadcast television shut out of the category in recent years.
On the comedy side, the HFPA skewed toward the networks. Fox’s freshman cop show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was nominated along with Emmy juggernaut “Modern Family” (ABC), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC). Last year’s winner, the HBO series “Girls,” was the only cable program to score a nod.
The premium network Starz fared surprisingly well in the miniseries or TV movie category, where it picked up nominations for the historical epic “The White Queen” and for the jazz-era “Dancing on the Edge.” Other contenders include the Emmy-winning “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance) and “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX).
The acting categories included a similar mix of old favorites and fresh faces. Bryan Cranston earned his final drama actor nomination for “Breaking Bad,” where he will face off against newcomers James Spader (“The Blacklist,” NBC), Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex,” Showtime), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan,” Showtime) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).
Tatiana Maslany, a critical favorite for her performance in the BBC America sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” received her first nomination for best actress in a drama series, as did Taylor Schiling for Netflix’s similarly praised “Orange Is the New Black.” Other contenders are Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” ABC), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).
In the comedy actor category, newbies Michael J. Fox (“The Michael J. Fox Show,” NBC) and Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) will face off against perennial nominee Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and last year’s winner, Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Showtime). Jason Bateman, a winner in 2005 for “Arrested Development” when it was on Fox, was nominated for its revival this year on Netflix.
“Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler, who will cohost the awards telecast with Tina Fey, was nominated once again for actress in a comedy or musical, a category which tended toward established favorites. Also receiving nods were defending champ Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO), Emmy favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” Showtime) and Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” Fox).
The acting nominations for TV movie/miniseries also proved an eclectic mix. For best actress in a TV movie or miniseries, the nominees are Helena Bonham Carter (“Burton and Taylor,” BBC America), Rebecca Ferguson (“The White Queen”), Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Coven”), Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake”) and Helen Mirren (“Phil Spector,” HBO).
The leads of “Behind the Candelabra,” Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, both received nods for best performance by an actor in a miniseres or TV movie. Other nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Dancing on the Edge”), Idris Elba (“Luther,” BBC America) and Al Pacino (“Phil Spector”).
For supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie, the nominees are Jaqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge”), Janet McTeer (“The White Queen”), Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville,” ABC), Monica Potter (“Parenthood,” NBC) and Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”).
And for supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie, the nominees are Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), Rob Lowe (“Behind the Candelabra”) and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”).