More Thoughts on the Golden Globe Nominations

The TV Talk with JWalk Golden Globes coverage continues! In addition to the podcast covering my thoughts on the nominations of the 76th annual Golden Globes, I wanted to delve even further and in-depth with my thoughts that may have been left out of the adjoining podcast.

The one thing I have always loved about the Golden Globes over the Emmys is its outright absurdity when it comes to nominating television shows. While the Emmys are much more predictable when it comes to their selection of nominees and eventual winners – which may not always be a good thing when you think that Modern Family won five times in a row when it shouldn’t have won past its third season – the 90+ members at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association always throw curveballs, surprises, and head-scratching results when it comes to picking their nominees.

It’s a safe the Golden Globes ae going to recognize and award newer shows over established hits, and rarely awarding shows multiple times like the Emmys. The last time a series won two years in a row in the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical category was Glee in 2009 and 2010. The last time a drama series pulled it off was Homeland in 2011 and 2012. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is going to join that club this year and has a solid chance at winning, but The Handsmaids Tale has no shot since it was snubbed in its category after winning last year.

Lets begin with a few things that left me scratching me head. This is Us was completely shut out of the race this year. Not even a nomination for Sterling K. Brown, who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama last year. There was a similar instance for Atlanta, which won Best Television Series – Comedy or musical back in 2016 (it wasnt nominated last year due to not airing new episodes within the HFPA eligibility period). It just makes you wonder what the hell is going on at The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Did they not see what amazing television Donald Glover created for “Robbin’ Season?” At least Glover did make it into the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical category.

Here’s another occurrence of head scratching and what-the-fuckery – The Good Place, receiving very welcoming nominations in the Best Television – Comedy or Musical category and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for Kristen Bell, but nothing for Ted Danson? That’s ludicrous. I blame Sacha Baron Cohen! I loved This is America, but not because he gave a great performance as an actor. It was the way he made some of the worlds biggest politicians, and lots of average Americans look like complete idiots unwittingly on national television. Amazing television, but not awards worthy by any means.

The comedy categories are usually my favorite categories, but the Globes this year delivered lackluster results, in my opinion. Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were automatic locks in the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical categories, and The Good Place (which is that quirky little show that could just squeeze past Barry and Maisel to the winners circle), but other shows like Superstore, Forever, and Mr. Inbetween deserve some recognition here.

There could be an argument to make if HBO worked the system a bit like Netflix did with Orange is the New Black and Showtime with Shameless and “miscategorized” their hidden gem Succession was categorized as a “comedy” instead of a drama, it would have at least had a better shot of getting a nomination.

Showtime still had an entry in the comedy race with Shameless (and William H. Macy) being snubbed and nominating Jim Carrey and his new comedy Kidding. I would easily replace this show with a former snubbed nominee like Atlanta, Black-ish, Will and Grace, Shameless – ANYTHING – since this is one of those “30 minute shows that need to be labeled as a comedy series for the sake of eligibility requirements, but it rarely makes you laugh” kind of comedies.

The surprising but not so surprising nominations for Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Debra Messing (Will and Grace) are just more examples of those nominations where I was happy to see them here, but I’d be much happier seeing America Ferrera (Superstore), Maya Rudolph (Forever), Issa Rae (Insecure), and Pamela Adlon (Better Things) nominated here, and it would have made this category a little more exciting.

On the drama side, some addition surprising snubs were The Handmaids Tale, Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Better Call Saul just to name a few veteran shows that didn’t make the cut this year. As I mentioned earlier, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves to recognize new series, and that wasn’t more evident than in the Best Television – Drama category. Save for The Americans, the remaining four nominees were new shows this year – Killing Eve, Homecoming, Pose, and Bodyguard. I’m for Killing Eve, as no other new drama series made such a splash as this show did back in the spring. It doesn’t hurt that the star of the series, Sandra Oh, is hosting the awards show this year, and is also nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama category.

Oh’s co-star, the equally wonderful and captivating Jodie Comer was expected to make it in this category this year but can be added to the list of this years most egregious snubs.

It’s just about guaranteed that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will try to sweep the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for HBO’s Sharp Objects. The HFPA should be ashamed of themselves for leaving Maniac out of the race completely. Its dark psychological humor and unique storytelling about mental health and pain was of the most brilliant limited series this year! No nominations whatsoever, not even for its A-list stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, who was nominated for her supporting role in the film The Favourite. Maniac most likely lost its slot to TNT’s The Alienist, which is playing fast and dirty with its genre categorization – which was supposed to be a one season show, but has already been renewed for a second season. FRAUD!

This year just proved that The Golden Globes will always throw you into a tailspin when trying to crack the algorithm on what shows and star will and will not be nominated, and as frustrating as it may be, I love it!






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