They’re not competing against one another — “Mad Men” is in the drama field, and “Smash” got to compete with comedies because the Globes’ comedy categories also contain the words “or musical.” Unless, that is, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association collectively assumed any comedy in the show was intentional.
The Golden Globes always include a few head-scratching nominations and omissions, as might be expected for an awards show based on the whims of 90-some journalists who are throwing a big party. As such, it’s hard to muster up as much outrage for the snubs of deserving works and inclusions of dubious ones.
That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s not worth examining some of this year’s most curious Golden Globes decisions:
“Mad Men” vs. “The Newsroom”: “Mad Men” dropped off the Globes’ list of nominees for best drama series after being nominated in each of its first four seasons (and winning three times). In its place, more or less, is HBO’s Aaron Sorkin drama “The Newsroom.”
Yes, “Breaking Bad,” which wasn’t eligible last year, and “Downton Abbey,” which moved from miniseries to drama series, took up two spots for 2013 — but those were both expected nominees. “The Newsroom” was not.
The nominations for “Smash” and “The Newsroom” sort of make you wonder if the HFPA is into hate-watching as much as certain segments of online fandom are.
“Game of Thrones”: The HBO series, nominated last year for best drama, was shut out this time around, again possibly having to do with “Breaking Bad” and “Downton Abbey” competing.
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”: The Ewan McGregor-Emily Blunt movie you’ve probably never heard of scored three nominations including one for best picture/comedy or musical. The movie earned decent reviews last spring but has been a non-entity this awards season.
“Parks and Recreation,” “Louie,” “New Girl,” “Suburgatory,” “Go On,” “30 Rock,” “Community” and “Veep”: Are all comedies that weren’t nominated. Again, “Smash” was.
Toby Jones vs. Anthony Hopkins: Jones was fantastic as Alfred Hitchcock in HBO’s movie “The Girl” and absolutely deserves his nomination. But if you had bet on which portrayal of the legendary director would get a nomination, his or Hopkins’ in “Hitchcock,” come on — you’d have taken Hopkins.
Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere: We’re enjoying the heck out of both of their performances in “Nashville” this season. But it’s a bit of a surprise to see a show about country music play so well with the HFPA.
“Ted” and “This Is 40”: The biggest moneymaker of 2012 among movie comedies and a well-reviewed, likely hit from Judd Apatow were both ignored.