Golden Globe TV Shockers: Jane the Virgin In! But Where Are Mindy, Amy and Kerry?

Amazon's Transparent and The CW's Jane the Virgin are such wonderful surprises

By Chris Harnick Dec 11, 2014 3:10 PMTags
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Well, well, well. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association delivered the 2015 Golden Globe nominations this morning and there were quite a few pleasant surprises. They actually watched new shows! And on networks like The CW and streaming platforms like Amazon. Change is in the air!

But of course there were snubs. Always snubs. And surprising snubs. Where are last year's winners who still did great work? While we're happy to see some new blood, there were a few surprising omissions.

And let's get on with it...

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SURPRISE: Ruth Wilson
And what a pleasant surprise! The Affair is seriously sensational TV and Ruth Wilson is mesmerizing.

SNUB: Kerry Washington
got its groove back this year and Kerry Washington has never been better, but it's a tough category…

SURPRISE: Gina Rodriguez
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association watches new shows!  And CW shows!

SNUB: Lisa Kudrow
This season of The Comeback is perhaps the best work of Lisa Kudrow's career and that's saying something because she's generally great in everything she does. The Comeback should be up there in the comedy category too.

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SNUB: Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling
is a national—no, INTERNATIONAL—treasure. What's the deal? Three seasons in and The Mindy Project is better than ever. Please look at your life and revise these choices, HFPA voters.

SNUB: Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
is last year's winner and basically the person you want to be best friends with…we're a little less upset since she FINALLY won it last year, but Leslie Knope is a TV icon. And let's not forget she's hosting the darn show! At least this snub should make for great jokes for Poehler and Tina Fey.

SURPRISE: Jeffrey Tambor
If you haven't seen Transparent then finish reading this article and then head on over to Amazon Prime and watch this series. Then you'll know why this is a great surprise, Jeffrey Tambor is turning in the performance of his career.

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SNUB: Julia Roberts
No love for this Oscar winner's performance in The Normal Heart. Hmm…

SNUB: Maggie Smith
The two-time Oscar winner and star of Downton Abbey could basically just stare into a camera for 42 minutes and receive all sorts of accolades (we'd be into this, by the way), but she didn't get a nom this year.

SURPRISE: Allison Tolman
The best thing to come out of FX's Fargo—besides Billy Bob Thornton's bangs—and here she is with a Golden Globe nomination!

SNUB: Getting On
HBO's dark comedy starring Laurie Metcalf, Niecy Nash and Alex Borstein is like nothing we've ever seen on TV before and we mean that in the best way possible. Biting comedy, wonderful commentary and just all around strong performances and writing. Why more people aren't watching and loving this show is such a mystery.

SURPRISE SNUB: Modern Family
No love for the ABC comedy everybody loves to complain about for getting so much awards love.


SNUB: Veep
The HBO comedy is one of the best on TV and we're happy the HFPA is giving love to some newbies like Transparent and Jane the Virgin, but um, where is Veep?

 SNUB: Parks and Recreation
We know awards don't mean the show isn't the best, but we'd still love to see Parks and Recreation get at least one trophy before it leaves airwaves.

SURPRISE: Jane the Virgin
CW's delightful comedy has been noticed! It was the only broadcast comedy to make it through.

SNUB: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It's not unusual for the Golden Globes to honor a show and move on from them, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Andy Samberg are still turning in good work.

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SURPRISE: Transparent
Amazon's wonderful comedy about a transgender woman and her family coming to terms with her identity is one of TV's realest shows. It's just not on TV.

SNUB: Peter Dinklage
Game of Thrones
continues to be awesome, but at its heart is Peter Dinklage's always great performance. Where Tyrion at?!

SNUB: Tatiana Maslany
At least she has the SAG nomination for Orphan Black…sigh.

SURPRISE: The Affair
One of the best dramas on TV right now. A very nice surprise.

SNUB: Robin Lord Taylor
He's the best part of Gotham and one of the best new faces on TV this year.


SURPRISE: The Good Wife
The only broadcast series to make the cut. And for good reason! CBS's The Good Wife is outstanding TV.

SURPRISE: Francis O'Connor
Starz is a favorite of the Golden Globes—never forget Jacqueline Bisset's wacko speech from last year.

SURPRISE: Alan Cumming
We love him as Eli Gold, but he hasn't been chewing as much scenery as usual this year. Guess the Golden Globes really like Alicia's election storyline.

 SNUB: Christine Baranski
What does she need to do to get some loving, wear a Golden Globe broach on The Good Wife? She is flawlesssssss.

SNUB: Parenthood
We're here crying all the time because of Parenthood and because it's almost always ignored by awards voters.

SNUB: Homeland
Homeland season four's title could be How Homeland Got Its Groove back because this year the Showtime series has been firing on all cylinders. All of them!

The 2015 Golden Globes air Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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