Ah, Golden Globes. You never fail to amuse us. Monday's nominations were again full of nice surprises, a few head-scratchers and of course, lots of fresh faces. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises.
The men of Westworld: The HBO hit scored three nominations — drama series, as well as acting mentions for Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton — but the biggest name, Anthony Hopkins, was nowhere to be found — atypical of the star-loving Hollywood Foreign Press Association. But in hindsight, maybe it's not that surprising, since Hopkins is 0-6 at the Globes (see below). Still, even if they overlooked Hopkins, that's less egregious than snubbing Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris.
Mr. Robot: The reigning drama series champ was dumped in favor of four new shows and Game of Thrones. But it can take comfort in the fact that Rami Malek and Christian Slater, who won supporting actor last year, still made the cut. The Globes have been way harsher in the past, dropping defending champs cold turkey (see: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Andy Samberg).
The old Netflix guard: The streaming service fielded contenders in The Crown and Stranger Things, but House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black were shut out across the board — a shame for the latter, which had a stellar comeback year and which was nominated last year for a much weaker season. Unlike HFPA fave Amazon (see below), Netflix has never claimed a series prize at the Globes.
American Horror Story: For the first time ever, American Horror Story failed to score a nod anywhere. Maybe it was the frustrating Roanoke season. Or maybe they want us to forget that they gave an acting award to Lady Gaga last year.
Taraji P. Henson: Empire's omission from drama series was expected, but you'd think reigning champ Henson would've gotten some brownie points for her film Hidden Figures to retain a slot. The Globes are fans of double nods, but they actually resisted the urge to dole them out this time. Viola Davis didn't get in for How to Get Away with Murder, but she got in (and will win) for Fences.
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Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz: This Is Us breaking in to drama series is not surprising — it's a buzzy new hit show, after all — but Moore's and Metz's dual nods are. They're in the catch-all supporting category, and it's insanely difficult to get one star into there, let alone two from the same show. This Is Us' three-nod haul is surely a welcome change for NBC, which airs the Globes and received zero nominations last year. It's also the network's first appearance in the drama series race since Heroes 10 years ago.
Amazon: The Globes really love Amazon, guys. The streaming service has won the past two comedy/musical series Globes, and both winners, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, are back in the running, along with their stars and former winners, Jeffrey Tambor and Gael Garcia Bernal. Amazon newbies Fleabag and One Mississippi didn't make the shortlist, but Goliath's Billy Bob Thornton did. Atlanta has the edge right now in comedy/musical series, but don't be shocked if BBT takes home another Globe for Amazon.
Lena Headey: Congratulations, Lena Headey! You're officially the second actor from Game of Thrones to receive an acting nomination! If your memory fails you, Peter Dinklage won for the first season and hasn't been nominated since. The show is on its fourth drama series nomination, but don't put all your money on a win. It's extremely rare for a show to win its first drama series Globe this late in the game. Only Mannix and Breaking Bad won their first trophies for their fifth seasons; Thrones, of course, is nominated for its sixth season.
Black-ish: In another late-bloom move, the HFPA has finally discovered Black-ish in its third season, handing it a nod for comedy/musical series, as well as acting nominations for Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Black-ish's nomination means broadcast is represented in the comedy/musical series lineup again, a year after it was MIA in the category for the first time ever.
The Americans: Taking a page from the Emmys, the Globes at long last singled out Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, but sadly still left the show out of drama series. Russell is a former Globe champ for Felicity, so don't count her out.
Nick Nolte: Every now and then, the Globes toss in a little-seen nominee (see: Kelsey Grammer in Boss), and Nolte was that this year. His comedy/musical actor nomination for Graves gives EPIX its first nomination, which is also in line with the HFPA's habit of spreading the wealth among networks. A four-time nominee, Nolte is also a Globe fave and won his only Globe 25 years ago for The Prince of Tides, beating Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.
Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom, Part Deux: With Globe darling Sarah Jessica Parker and newbie Issa Rae in the running, it seemed like the Globes would drop one or both of Rodriguez and Bloom. Nope. The last two comedy/musical winners are back for the second year in a row in an expanded six-person race, so we can officially call the Golden Globes a Friend of the CW. Reminder: The Emmys have never nominated a single performer from the WB/CW.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will air Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.