Why Do the Golden Globes Love TV Newbies So Much?

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10 things worth noting about the Golden Globes nominations.

In the latest sign of their lack of critical love and viewer sizzle, commercial broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC together scored a paltry nine nods (though three more than last year).LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for playing by its own mysterious rules, and this year’s Golden Globe nominations proved no exception.Carol, a lesbian romance set in 1950s New York has topped nominations for the Golden Globes, with Australian movie Mad Max: Fury Road competing against the Cate Blanchett film for the top honour. While streaming service Netflix boosted its total from last year’s seven to singlehandedly claim the lead with nine nominations distributed across six series (Narcos, Orange Is The New Black, Grace and Frankie, Bloodline, House of Cards and Master of None) plus its original film, Beasts of No Nation.

At the Globes, Richard Linklater’s long-term coming-of-age drama won Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Robot” was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, he received a second day of congratulatory texts, this time for nabbing a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama.

With its two nominations, tiny broadcast outlet CW beat CBS’ single mention (for supporting dramatic actor Alan Cumming in The Good Wife) as well as NBC (which will air the Globes awardscast on January 10, but was completely snubbed on Thursday by the Globes). The series, renewed for a second season before a single episode had aired, follows a paranoid hacker who’s left wondering if he can trust himself or anyone around him during his pursuit to bring down one of the biggest corporations in the world. CW’s Jane the Virgin leading lady Gina Rodriguez — last year’s winner — and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom are pitted against each other in the musical or comedy actress category.

Epic lost-in-space film the Martian, investigative journalism flick Spotlight and Amy Schumer’s rom-com Trainwreck are also up for best film awards alongside Mad Max. Nominees over the past few years have included “Her” and “My Week with Marilyn” — films with comedic moments, sure, but certainly not traditional comedies. Despite two Golden Globe wins, including a Best Picture and an acting award for Clooney, the movie — about a grieving father raising two daughters alone — got a lone Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Timothy Gray, awards editor at industry magazine Variety, said the nominations reflected the cross-section of films in the running for this year’s prizes. “There is a wide range here when you’ve got Carol, which is this 1952 romance, or a film like Brooklyn, and then you’ve got Mad Max and The Martian which are big spectacles,” he said. While she was a likely nominee for her role as the wife of transgender artist Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl,” it was quite a surprise to also see her recognized for her supporting performance in Alex Garland’s elegant thriller “Ex Machina,” where she plays the beguiling Artificial Intelligence creation Ava.

The Johnny Cash biopic won all three categories it was nominated in, but went just one for five at the Oscars, with the lone win going to Reese Witherspoon. There had been some early chatter that Adam McKay’s sideways look at the 2008 financial meltdown might figure in awards season, but it all seemed just a little fanciful. Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling has been a big part of the best actress conversation for her work in the affecting marital drama “45 Years,” but was locked out of the best actress, drama category, possibly because Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett were both nominated as leads in “Carol.” Carey Mulligan was also passed over in the category for “Suffragette.” Just like Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone was considered a bit of an underdog in the awards race. Fox, shut out last year, landed four nominations thanks to two for Empire, plus Rob Lowe in the comedy actor category on its freshman The Grinder and Jamie Lee Curtis in its new horror-comedy Scream Queens.

Critics are predicting that DiCaprio will finally take home his first Oscar for his role in the latter, an American biographical epic set in the 1800s and inspired by legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass. Robot along with ABC’s prestige drama American Crime, FX’s Fargo, Starz’ Outlander, PBS’ miniseries Wolf Hall and the much-honored Amazon comedy Transparent.

In the best foreign movie category, four European films and one from Latin America made the cut — The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg), The Club (Chile), The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia), Mustang (France) and Son of Saul (Hungary). FX’s The Americans, which seems to singularly suffer the role of best stealth drama (having been ignored for nearly every award in its three seasons, other than the prestigious Peabody), maintained that status by escaping Globes notice again this year. Showtime’s Homeland also suffered neglect, while its splendid drama, The Affair, was cited only with a supporting dramatic actress nod for Maura Tierney. Steven Spielberg’s well-regarded Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” received only one nomination for Mark Rylance’s supporting performance as a Soviet spy. Robot” aired it saw a lot of critical acclaim for the show as a whole, now that you’re getting awards attention for your performance specifically, is that gratifying in a certain way?

Sometimes that’s just enough for me, but to have these two awards come in and be as resounding as they are, of course it’s something that I will hold dear for quite awhile. I feel like we’ve reached a very high point with where we are with that, and I think more people will get a chance to be a part of that movement with this recognition.

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