Golden Globes: Snubs and Surprises in 2011 Nominations
When the 2011 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, there were plenty of names conspicuously absent from the list. No love for the final season of 'Lost'? Yet another year of ignoring the fantastic 'Friday Night Lights'? Of course, there were plenty of surprises too. 'The Walking Dead'? Heck yes. Jennifer Love Hewitt ... um, what?
After the jump, our full list of the most egregious snubs and the most interesting surprises. For a list of movie snubs and surprises, head over to Moviefone.
There might've been some debate over the final episode of 'Lost,' but there's no doubt that the show should have gone out with much more award show recognition than it's gotten over the past few months. Both Matthew Fox and last year's nominee Michael Emerson gave exceptional performances as the sprawling story drew to a close.
'Friday Night Lights,' Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton
Emmy voters might've finally gotten hip to 'Friday Night Lights' this year, but unfortunately, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association clearly hasn't seen the show yet. Because if they had, there's no way they could've ignored the stellar performances of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. The worst part -- they've only got one more year to catch on before it's all over.
'Cougar Town' and Courteney Cox
Everyone's acknowledged that 'Cougar Town' is a dumb name for a show -- haven't we all moved past it already? The series hit its creative stride in 2010, yet Cox and the show were both passed over for the 2011 awards. Cox's performance has only gotten better since last year, so why no repeat nom?
'Entourage' and Jeremy Piven
Both the show and Piven have been nominated every eligible year since 'Entourage' premiered in 2004. Though the series rebounded creatively at the end of last season, it got no love this year. Maybe the Piv's mercury poisoning incident is finally catching up to him ...
Romano has received much critical acclaim for his performance on 'Men of a Certain' age, yet the HFPA -- which likes to recognize TV veterans -- passed him over this year. Isn't everybody supposed to love him?
'Parks & Recreation' and Amy Poehler
Season 2 took the show from a mediocre comedy to one of the most endearing shows on TV. The cast gelled into a strong ensemble, from the lovingly doofy Andy (Chris Pratt) to the insanely great Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). Even in its weakest episode it was heads above many of the nominated comedies. Amy Poehler took an unlikable character and turned her into a naively strong, sweet and passionate TV force to be reckoned with. We'd all be so lucky to have a Leslie Knope in our lives.
'Breaking Bad' and Aaron Paul
'Breaking Bad' had one of the best seasons of any drama in the last decade. From the first episode to the last, the show gave viewers shocking turns of events, multiple "holy crap" moments and a finale that was so attention-grabbing that creator Vince Gilligan is rethinking how the season ended based on viewers' interpretation of the finale. This was all layered on top of nuanced performances from the entire cast, most notably Bryan Cranston and Emmy-winner Aaron Paul. While the other nominees on the list all had excellent seasons, none had all of the elements that made this past season of 'Breaking Bad' so good.
Lots of justified love for 'The Good Wife' this year, but no nod for Archie Panjabi? Wait, Emmy-winner Archie Panjabi? Her character, Kalinda Sharma, brings an effortless sense of mystery and intrigue to the CBS series. Not any actress would be able to strap on those boots and leather jacket and take a baseball bat to a car and remain so calm, cool and collected. She's scarily good at kicking-butt in a very nonchalant way.
Since the Golden Globes don't separate the supporting actor category by genre, the field was jam-packed full of comedies and dramas, cable shows and network shows, regular series and mini-series. Lost in the shuffle was the fantastic Michael Shannon, who brings an intimidating presence to his role as ruthless federal agent Nelson Van Alden on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire.'
'The Walking Dead'
While 'The Walking Dead' was brilliant TV, it was very short and very new brilliant TV. After all, it premiered just a month and a half ago. The six episodes of season 1 exemplified great character stories, but was a bit slow on the development. It was a pretty darn great tease, but the main course (season 2) will hopefully be much more satisfying. More tantalizing zombie action, please!
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Apparently, it took playing a prostitute in a Lifetime movie for the HFPA to recognize the former 'Ghost Whisperer' star's talent. That, and a year dominated by male-centric TV movies.
Julia Stiles, 'Dexter'
Stiles certainly deserves her nomination for playing Lumen, the first person able to truly bond with Dexter. But we're puzzled why she was recognized over Jennifer Carpenter, who handled her character's rich story arc this season with as much f---ing grace as possible for a person whose every other word is an f-bomb.
As fun as it was to watch 'Covert Affairs,' the show wasn't much more than a typical light, summer popcorn series. Sure, it was an action-drama, but comparing Perabo's performance to that of true drama queens Julianna Margulies and Elisabeth Moss is like comparing apples to oranges.
Now this is a surprise we can get behind. The only reason we're still a tad bummed even though Sagal was finally recognized for her thrilling performance as Gemma, the fiercely protective matriarch of a biker gang on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy,' is that the show itself didn't get a much-deserved nod for Best Drama Series.
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The real surprise isn't Macdonald's nomination, rather the category she's in. Supporting Actress? Really? Macdonald's role and performance on 'Boardwalk Empire' is nothing short of Best Actress material.
Tell us: What were your biggest snubs? What were you surprised by?