Glee and Boardwalk Empire ruled the Golden Globes nominations, but let's be real — that was expected. Both are commercial hits and critical darlings — and working in the HBO drama's favor, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves new blood (see also: The Walking Dead and The Big C). But as usual, the HFPA threw us a few curveballs — some very sweet surprises and some egregious omissions.
Sons of Anarchy finally gets some love: At long last, the critically acclaimed FX motorcycle saga gets some award recognition as Katey Sagal lands a lead actress in a drama nomination. Sagal (already a four-time Globe nominee for Married... with Children) was far better in the show's second season, but her beautiful, nuanced performance opposite Hal Holbrook in Season 3 is just as worthy. Too bad Sons missed the series cut. Baby steps, people.Globes hearts action procedurals: If you had money on either Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0) or Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) to score nominations, you need to go to Vegas ASAP. Both stars are easily the best parts of their respective, lightweight series. Caan regularly steals the spotlight from CBS fave Alex O'Loughlin and the HFPA loves spy babes, as it demonstrated when Jennifer Garner won eight years ago for Alias.The Big Bang Theory: The CBS sitcom and its Emmy-winning star Jim Parsons finally break into the comedy series and comedy actor races — huge wins in and of themselves, as the HFPA, inexplicably, has some aversion to CBS comedies. The facts don't lie: The last time a CBS sitcom was nominated was 15 years ago, when Cybil won the top award. Everybody Loves Raymond — a two-time comedy series Emmy champ — was never even nominated at the Globes for comedy series.Jennifer Love Hewitt: OK, hear us out. The Client List — in which Love plays a mother-turned-hooker (inspired by a true story, of course) — may not be as deep as, say, Temple Grandin or as masterful as The Pillars of the Earth, but it's a fun, entertaining Lifetime flick that engrosses you on a lazy Sunday afternoon. And Hewitt, charming and engaging as ever in it, is what kept viewers (and voters), um, hooked. That being said, this is Claire Danes' Golden Globe to lose.
Breaking Bad: The AMC drama — which, in our eyes, came thisclose to dethroning Mad Men at the Emmys — is again missing from the drama series shortlist. The silver lining: Three-time defending Emmy champ Bryan Cranston finally received a nomination.No laughing matter: There are six nominees in the comedy series category, but apparently that was not enough room for either super-hilarious Community or Parks and Recreation to make the cut. Two of the series slots and three of the comedy actress slots are filled by borderline dramas (The Big C, Nurse Jackie, and United States of Tara), which begs the question: Is dark comedy taking over... comedy?Ed O'Neill: Poor Ed. The Modern Family patriarch, already the odd one out at the Emmys, remains the only adult cast member not to be singled out for any awards recognition. True Blood: As we all know, the HFPA loves fresh faces — even at the expense of older contenders. True Blood was overlooked entirely this year, coming off two straight nominations for drama series and a win for star Anna Paquin two years ago. Not even Denis O'Hare, so chilling as the vampire king, was able to squeak into the always unpredictable supporting actor race.Love Lost: The ABC series, which won the top drama award five years ago, was shut out completely for its final season. Ironically, the HFPA was the first organization to reward Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly with nominations in 2005 and 2006, respectively.