Remember when the Golden Globes nominated Smash last year? Good times. There was no comically WTF nomination like that in Thursday's batch, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kept us on our toes. Check out our surprises and snubs below, and then tell us yours.
New blood: Speaking of shiny new toys, you can always count on the Globes to embrace multiple new shows. They went above and beyond this year, nodding eight freshmen series or its stars, including the aforementioned Maslany and Schilling, House of Cards (expected), Masters of Sex, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Ray Donovan, The Blacklist and The Michael J. Fox Show. (Fun fact: Bryan Cranston is up against actors from first-year shows, all of whom, coincidentally, have a surname starting with "S.") The best news for the newbies is that the nomination doesn't have to be the reward: More often than not, the Globes gives the award to first-time nominees.
The Good Wife returns: After the SAGs overlooked the legal drama, which has been firing on all cylinders this season, the HFPA recognized it with three nods: drama series, actress for former champ Julianna Margulies and supporting actor for Josh Charles, his first nomination. The nods are all the more impressive, as Charles snuck into the hectic catch-all supporting TV series/miniseries/TV movie race, and the show returned to the series lineup after a two-year absence — always difficult to do since the Globes moves on to new things so quickly.
Monica Potter: Good things come to those who wait. Though the Parenthood star's relentless campaigning and bait-y cancer story line couldn't sway Emmy voters over the summer, the HFPA didn't forget about Potter's tremendous work. Time to get out of your PJs, Monica!
Aaron Paul: It's no secret that Breaking Bad has never been the HFPA's cup of tea — it didn't even get a series nomination until last year, and three-time Emmy winner and reigning SAG champ Bryan Cranston is 0-3 so far at the Globes. But like the SAGs jumping on the bandwagon with a nod for Anna Gunn Wednesday, the Globes can resist the juggernaut no longer, handing nods not only to the show and Cranston, but a long-awaited one to two-time Emmy champ Paul. This is Breaking Bad's last and best chance yet to fill that void in its awards resume.