Lady Gaga attends premiere of The Hunting Ground in New York

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Angela Bassett Wasn’t Surprised by ‘Super Hard Worker’ Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes Nod.

Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes nomination for “American Horror Story: Hotel” rivals one of the awards’ all-time ridiculous “WTF?” moments: Pia Zadora actually winning a statuette as new star of the year for her “performance” in the 1982 film “Butterfly.” First problem: Gaga is not an actress. Gaga received a nod for best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television for her the role as the enchanting vampiress The Countess. And that’s why she wasn’t surprised by Thursday’s nomination for her American Horror Story: Hotel costar Lady Gaga. “She’s quite a performer, right?” Bassett told PEOPLE after announcing the nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

What’s she doing as the vampy Countess on “AHS: Hotel” is a performance, all right, but it’s the kind of voguing you might see in one her music videos. That’s probably over at Starz, the cable channel that gets a fraction of the attention lavished on HBO/Showtime/FX and yet racked up six nominations, the third-most of any network. Under-the-radar shows such as ballet drama “Flesh and Bone,” time-traveling drama “Outlander” and cable-news comedy “Blunt Talk” all picked up nominations, sending curious viewers to Google immediately. My mom and my manager @wanaynay are so emotional about our Best Actress Golden Globe Nomination and so happy for Ryan Murphy and the whole gang for HOTEL’s nomination for Best TV Series! So you can see some cross-pollination.” “She’s a super hard worker,” Bassett, 57, gushed of Gaga, 29. “Very gracious and just lovely – just a lovely, lovely person to be around and to work with. … She comes out and has conversations with you, with the crew.

In fact, Gaga’s story arc consists of her seducing various clone-like men — and then slitting their throats with a gloved finger concealing a blade. But she earned it — though her scenes are horrifying, you can’t take your eyes off her. “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Casual”: Amazon made a splash with “Transparent” last year, but few expected the classical-music comedy “Mozart in the Jungle” to show up in the competitive comedy category; plus, Gael Garcia Bernal nabbed a best actor nomination. And another AHS costar, Sarah Paulson, tweeted her own congratulations to Gaga. “So thrilled for the uber gifted @ladygaga on her richly deserved recognition this morning,” wrote Paulson, 40. “What a gift you have been to AHSHOTEL!!” Even when the nominations reveal the HFPA’s willingness to nominate newcomers who have a harder time getting recognition from more entrenched organizations, the organization sabotages its credibility by anointing those who haven’t earned their day in the sun. Robot”): We’ll categorize this as a “pleasant surprise,” as sometimes it takes awhile for award shows to catch up to new shows, especially those starring younger, less-established actors.

Luckily, the Globes quickly caught on to the buzz of the delightful “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” as well as the poignant comedy “Master of None” and the sharp “Mr. Judith Light: The groundbreaking “Transparent” is a hit for Amazon, and Jeffrey Tambor is likely to win again for his role as a transgender woman. Not only did the movie beat out Nick Hornby’s script for “Brooklyn,” but it also scored two acting nominations for Carell and Bale and one for best film comedy.

Melissa McCarthy and “Spy”: The spoof about a mousy CIA agent doing field work for the first time was released at the beginning of the summer, which might as well be decades ago as far as awards voters are concerned. And yet, the Hollywood Foreign Press clearly didn’t forget how much that movie made them laugh, which meant that both the comedy and its star landed nominations.

The movie also elbowed out some other comedies, not to mention “comedies” (the HFPA has an interesting definition of the word), leaving “Grandma,” “Diary of Teenage Girl” and “Sisters” out in the cold. “Mad Max: Fury Road”: For a summer blockbuster that’s essentially a two-hour race sequence, George Miller’s sequel was a huge hit with Golden Globe voters. The movie was nominated for best director, best score and best film drama — up against the likes of “Carol,” “Spotlight,” “Room” and “The Revenant.” Alicia Vikander: The Swedish actress is taking Hollywood by storm. Few had heard of her last year this time — and some awards announcers are still struggling with her name — but now she has two very well-deserved nominations.

She’s also nominated for her lead role in the drama “The Danish Girl” as the real-life character of Gerda Wegener, the wife of the first person to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Sure, there are crashers like Fox’s “The Grinder” and “The Last Man on Earth,” but gone are the days of “Modern Family” (ABC); “The Good Wife” (CBS); and even “Downton Abbey” (PBS). “The Americans”: Sorry, everyone. No award show is going to care about “The Americans.” “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat”: These ABC comedies have gotten more buzz in their respective second seasons — yet still nothing for Anthony Anderson or Constance Wu, even though Anderson landed an Emmy nomination and Wu is by far the breakout star of her show. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Even though this Tina Fey-produced Netflix comedy got two big nominations yesterday at the SAG Awards, voters ignored this one completely.

Shocking considering the show’s pedigree and great reviews for the cast. “Inside Amy Schumer”: Sure, Schumer got a nom for “Trainwreck.” But her sharp, caustic comedy series seems tailor-made for the Globes voters. Johnny Depp: Depp was a serious contender for “Black Mass.” He had all the transformative elements of an awards-ready performance — the prosthetics, bright blue contact lenses, a memorably terrifying character, even a Boston accent.

Acting awards for “Spotlight”: “Spotlight” got no shortage of love, with nominations for best drama, director and screenplay, but none of the stars in its ensemble cast were singled out.

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