Surprises are always in store on the morning the Golden Globe nominations are announced, and the 2015 list of TV picks packed a few doozies.
While it was shut out yesterday at the SAG Awards, “Transparent” made a strong showing at the Golden Globes scoring nods for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy for lead Jeffrey Tambor. And on the drama side of things, Showtime’s freshman romance “The Affair” wooed HFPA voters to the tune of three nominations — Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Dominic West) and Best Actress (Ruth Wilson).
“Orange is the New Black” also performed well, landing nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy (Taylor Schilling) and Best Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba). Aduba, who plays Crazy Eyes on the Netflix dramedy, has now been nominated for an Emmy, SAG Award and a Golden Globe in 2014, making her the most heralded member of the Season 2 cast.
One of the bigger showdowns of the Globes comes in a category usually relegated to the bottom tier of viewers’ interest. Not this year. “True Detective” and “Fargo” will go head to head in the Best Miniseries or TV Movie category, marking the first time the HBO and FX dramas have faced off. Forever linked after FX failed to win the bidding war for “True Detective” and instead took “Fargo” to compensate, both series/miniseries share a similar structure as well — both use the anthology format with new casts and characters each season.
The two shows’ close-ended stories and brief seasons allow them to compete in the miniseries categories at the Globes (or force them in the case of “True Detective,” as HBO would prefer it be considered as a series), whereas they were separated for the 2014 Emmys. “Fargo” has the early lead in total nominations, 5:4, but it will be a hotly-contested campaign to see which beloved program takes home the most hardware.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to host the event for their third consecutive year. The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will air January 11 at 8pm on NBC.
Full List of Nominees:
Best TV Drama
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Best TV Miniseries or Movie
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless
Best Actress – TV Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Best Actor – TV Drama
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Black List
Dominic West – The Affair
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Allison Tolman – Fargo
Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan