Golden Globes TV biggest nomination snubs and surprises

The 2019 Golden Globes nominations are out. Let’s run down some surprises first, because there were some rather huge ones.

NBC’s fan favorite The Good Place was finally honored for best comedy series. Sacha Baron Cohen unexpectedly crashed the best actor in a comedy category for Showtime’s political prank series Who Is America? The excellent imported BBC/Netflix thriller Bodyguard got a best drama series nod. And Candice Bergen was nominated for CBS’ (presumed canceled) Murphy Brown reboot. With the exception of the Good Place honor, top oddsmakers did not see those coming.

We’ll have more of surprises along the way. Here are the biggest snubs in the TV categories:

The Handmaids Tale (Hulu).The dystopian drama swept the Emmys for its debut season in 2017 and won for best drama series at the Globes last year. Yet season 2 failed to get a nomination in the top category, and the title was on every prediction list (stars Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski were both nominated). It’s a pretty shocking omission, though the season was admittedly more divisive among critics and fans than the first.

Westworld (HBO). Another big best drama snub. The second season cleaned up at the Emmys a few months ago, with four wins, but aside from a supporting nod for Thandi Newton, the Hollywood Foreign Press was apparently less impressed. Actors Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood were all left out too. Also absent from the drama category: The second season of Ozark (Netflix), though star Jason Bateman was nominated, and longshot This Is Us (NBC).

Atlanta (FX): The second season of the innovative rap scene comedy, despite being an Emmy favorite, was surprisingly shut out of the comedy series category (though star Donald Glover was nominated). Also snubbed was another Emmy darling, the ’80s wrestling dramedy GLOW (Netflix) (though actress Alison Brie was nominated). But there was an upside: The Good Place (NBC) finally broke into this category with its first Globes comedy series nomination, and star Kristen Bell was nominated for lead actress in a comedy too.

Maniac (Netflix): Many thought the psychological dark comedy-drama was brilliant and unlike anything else on TV this year, so it was expected to get a nom in the movie-limited series category — yet it was squeezed out (star Emma Stone was also snubbed for Maniac but did receive a supporting nod for her work in the movie The Favourite).

Patrick Melrose (HBO) likewise was skipped in the series limited series category, though that’s more understandable given the project’s somewhat lackluster reaction — all the praise was around the performance of star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was of course nominated.

Ted Danson. While The Good Place received nominations for best comedy series and an actress nod for Kristen Bell, Danson, who was considered the most likely nom of the three, was left out. Blame Sacha Baron Cohen? 

Jodie Comer. The Killing Eve actress was expected to get a nomination along with her co-star Sandra Oh (who was nominated), yet was shut out. Robin Wright was also snubbed for the final season of House of Cards. Instead, there was a minor surprise on the list: Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe, who was nominated last year, but wasn’t necessarily expected to make the list this time given the intense competition from newcomers like Oh and Julia Roberts.

MOVIE nominations snubs and surprises coming very shortly.

Full list of nominations.

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