HBO, bolstered by love for its biting, political movie "Game Change," scored 17 Golden Globes nominations Thursday, the most of any television network.
The film, centered around Sarah Palin's foibles during the 2008 presidential campaign, was recognized in the best miniseries or motion picture category. Julianne Moore (best actress) and Woody Harrelson (best actor) were joined by Sarah Paulson and Ed Harris in supporting roles.
The premium cable giant also was recognized for a pair of freshman shows. Lena Dunham, star and creator of "Girls," was a best actress nominee in the comedy division, while "The Newsroom" (best drama) and star Jeff Daniels (best actor) were nominated.
At the same time, its 2012 best drama series, "Game of Thrones," was snubbed, as was star Peter Dinklage, a Golden Globes winner last year in the supporting actor category.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been fickle in its love for the oddest shows. The past few years have been favorable for fantasy and dark comedy, such as Showtime's "Dexter" and FX's "American Horror Story."
This time? Not so much.
Although 2012 supporting actress winner Jessica Lange scored a second consecutive Golden Globes nomination for the latest incarnation of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Asylum," the series did not. This year on "AHS," she is playing a different brand of crazy in the lead acting category, moving to center stage as the tightly wound but now rapidly unraveling Sister Jude.
Fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" expressed disappointment online that the show received no nominations, but it had been a long shot at best.
If film brings glamour to the Golden Globes, then television brings the funny. Consider the hosts of this year's ceremonies: "30 Rock" star and creator Tina Fey and her BFF, "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler.
Ms. Fey and Ms. Poehler are individual nominees this year, although their shows failed to crack the lineup for best television series -- comedy or musical.
Then there was Ed Helms from "The Office," who was one of three nomination presenters on television and online. Each time he read "Les Miserables," he gave it an exaggerated French accent: "That's the correct pronunciation," he said, amid laughter from the room.
Besides "Girls," NBC newcomer "Smash," starring Pittsburgh native Christian Borle and Carnegie Mellon grad Megan Hilty; Showtime's "Episodes," with star Matt LeBlanc earning a nom for playing a crasser version of the real Matt LeBlanc; ABC's "Modern Family"; and CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" were other series nominees.
Although "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara were recognized, cast mates Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell did not receive nominations.
On the dramatic side, some expected nominations -- Showtime's "Homeland" and stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin; Steve Buscemi (and his show, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"); Bryan Cranston (AMC's "Breaking Bad") were joined by BBC import to PBS "Masterpiece," "Downton Abbey," which also scored acting nominations for Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith.
Despite a best actor nod to Jon Hamm, AMC's "Mad Men" failed to grab a spot in best television series -- drama, and many were surprised to see Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss overlooked as well.
Cable once again dominated the category of miniseries or television movie, with HBO's "Game Change" and "The Girl," plus BBC America's period piece "The Hour" and USA Network's "Political Animals."
History's big foray into scripted drama, "Hatfields & McCoys," and star Kevin Costner also were nominated.
ABC's first season of "Nashville" scored noms for stars Connie Britton (lead actress) and Hayden Panettiere (supporting). More "Masterpiece" love went to Benedict Cumberbatch for his quirky take on "Sherlock."
The 70th Golden Globes will broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.tvradio
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