Closer Look at Golden Globes Reveals Snubs, Surprises

by | December 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM | Golden Globes, TV News

Snubs: Louis C.K. (top left) was nominated, but not his sitcom "Louie"; "The Walking Dead" came up empty. Surprises: Connie Britton (left) and Glenn Close (Photos: FX, AMC, Getty, ABC)

Who got snubbed by the Golden Globes? Well, that’s a matter of opinion — ours.

And the snubs are …

Of the five nominees in the somewhat awkward Comedy and Musicals category, “Smash” is the only musical nominee. We suppose it was a toss-up between “Smash” and “Glee” — which happen to be the only two scripted musical series on TV.

Was “Glee” snubbed? Well, maybe — but if “Glee” were nominated, then there would be room for only three “real” comedies in this category of five nominees.

Now, though, the issue is: How does a Golden Globe voter choose between “Smash” and, say, HBO’s “Girls” to win the category? They’re just very different shows.

For our money, the two most inventive comedies on TV were left off the list: “Louie” (though Louis C.K. got an acting nomination) and “Portlandia.” Hey, Golden Globes, next time lose the musicals and “Big Bang Theory.” Is this the best you can do?

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As for the drama categories, there was at least one single show that was very noticeably snubbed — plus an entire network. The show: “Mad Men.” The network: FX.

With just five series in the Best Drama category, it was inevitable that something would be left out. But “Mad Men” has been such a darling of all the TV awards shows these last few years that for this series to receive just one nomination — predictably, a nomination for Jon Hamm — just seems like a snub. What about Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jared Harris (whose character killed himself, for heaven’s sake)? They all had great seasons. And speaking of AMC, where’s “The Walking Dead” among the Globe nominees? It’s nowhere to be found. Hello, Golden Globes? Anybody home?

As for FX, this channel is the home of some of the most challenging drama and comedy series on TV. “Justified,” and “Sons of Anarchy” deserved something, didn’t they? As it was, “American Horror Story” received one nomination (for Jessica Lange) and there was also the aforementioned nomination for Louis C.K. But among the FX comedies, what about “Wilfred” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? They got nada and, by the way, they’re both better than “Girls.”

And the surprises are …

We were surprised to see the Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom” among the nominees for Best Drama. Though some of us may be tired of seeing “Mad Men” getting nominated all the time (though not this time — see “snub,” above), “The Newsroom” just was not in the same ballpark as “Mad Men” or any of the other dramas that were nominated, and some that were not. We were also a little surprised by the nomination for “Political Animals” in the miniseries category. We thought the series was trashy fun, but hardly worth “honoring” with a prestigious award.

Two surprises struck us in the Best Dramatic Actress category: Glenn Close (for “Damages”) and Connie Britton (for “Nashville”). Regarding Close, our own opinion is that “Damages” has seen better days. Nowadays, it’s on Direct TV and watched by very few (at least compared to its heyday on FX). As for Britton, that surprise was a nice surprise — we’re big fans of hers and we wouldn’t mind seeing her win this.

What did the awards get right?

Well, sure, there were a number of “legitimate” (if predictable) nominees“Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “Game Change,” “Modern Family.” We can’t argue with any one of them.