Attempting to divine the whims of Golden Globes voters is a futile exercise — the quirky, let’s-invite-Hollywood-to-our-party feel of the nominations makes us scratch our heads every single year.
The list of nominees for 2014 is no exception. Along with a handful of nice surprises, there are a bunch of baffling omissions. Get your outrage ready.
“Game of Thrones”: A complete shutout for what was arguably the best of the show’s three seasons thus far. The mind boggles.
“Mad Men”: Another shutout. The Globes’ penchant for wanting to be the first to recognize new series played a part in “Mad Men” being left off the best drama series list in favor of “Masters of Sex” (totally fine with that) and “House of Cards” (less fine with it). But it’s hard to believe that Jon Hamm or Elisabeth Moss (who’s at least nominated for “Top of the Lake”) didn’t get acting nods.
“Veep”: Julia Louis-Dreyfus was deservedly recognized for her lead role, but the series was one of the two or three funniest comedies on TV in 2013. Yet no best comedy nomination here.
“Orange Is the New Black”: Happy to see Taylor Schilling score a nomination for lead actress in a drama, but if the Globes wanted to nominate a Netflix show, it should have been “OITNB” over “House of Cards” in a walkover.
“Broadchurch”: Its absence from the best miniseries/TV movie list is almost as perplexing as “Game of Thrones” not being up for best drama series.
The cast of “Downton Abbbey”: The series received another nomination, but apparently not because of its acting.
Holly Hunter: Her fierce, weird performance in “Top of the Lake” was riveting to watch.
Tatiana Maslany: The “Orphan Black” multi-role star was criminally overlooked at the Emmys. Fortunately it didn’t happen here.
Monica Potter: See above re: criminally overlooked — although this feels more like a nod for her work on Season 4 of “Parenthood,” the bulk of which aired in 2012.
“The Good Wife”: It’s nice to see Globes voters recognize the veteran series, which has found a new level this season.
“Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: It is a good day to be Michael Schur, the co-creator of both shows. “Parks” is getting overdue recognition for its sustained run of excellence. “Brooklyn” is charming and improving as a show, but it’s maybe the most left-field choice among all the TV nominees.
Rob Lowe: He didn’t get a lot of screen time in “Behind the Candelabra,” but he (and his makeup) stole every scene in which he did appear.
Which nominations (or lack thereof) surprised you the most?