Every year, we wake up ridiculously early (here on the West coast) to check out the nominees for the annual Golden Globes, and like clockwork we’re always disappointed. Don’t get us wrong, there were a few surprises for many actors and shows this year but not enough to compensate for the Hollywood Foreign Press’ utter disregard for some diamonds in the rough. Did you notice the lack of love for “Community,” “Lost,” or “Breaking Bad?” They weren’t acknowledged for their work in 2010 but “Covert Affairs” and “Hung” were. Just think about that for a minute.
Here’s our list of snubs and surprises for the 2011 Golden Globes – TV Edition…
Breaking Bad: Even though this show has been consistent with its quality over the course of its run, the Globes don’t think it’s worthy enough for a Best Drama Series nomination. Really Hollywood Foreign Press? How many times has “Breaking Bad” been called the best show on television? We love “The Walking Dead” like everyone else but its six episode run doesn’t even compete with what “Breaking Bad” brought to the table.
Community: Does every awards show hate “Community?” We don’t get it. Perhaps the humor is too subliminal or pop culture infused for them to understand? The writing is spectacular and the cast is hilarious, so there’s no reason this show shouldn’t be recognized. We just don’t get it.
Fringe: We’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how awesome John Noble and Anna Torv are, they will continue to be ignored by the HFPA. In the beginning of the series’ run Torv was still finding her footing with the role of Olivia Dunham but this year she has been phenomenal. She’s taken the character and made it her own. It’s sad that neither the performers or the writers got a nod.
Lost: We’ll be the first to admit that the finale to “Lost” didn’t give us all the closure we wanted but the season as a whole was good. If they didn’t want to give them a Best Drama nod they could have at least thrown a bone to Matthew Fox. His carried the show on his shoulders this season. Where was his love?
Scott Caan: “Hawaii Five-O” is a fun show. It’s entertaining and the chemistry between Caan and Alex O’Loughlin is amazing but there’s nothing about this reboot that’s award worthy. Caan has witty lines and plays the straight man amongst the Hawaiian natives well, but he doesn’t deserve a Best Supporting Actor nomination for it.
Katey Segal: Finally after years of ignoring her talent, Katey Segal received a nomination for her work on “Sons of Anarchy.” Granted it’s a little late in the game for this but something is better than nothing. Congrats to Katey!
Idris Elba: Great to see Idris Elba finally get recognized for his amazing work on the series “Luther.” If anything this nod can compensate for the many times he’s been snubbed for his performance on HBO’s “The Wire,” which was another great show that awards just couldn’t get hip to.
Piper Perabo: Perabo was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama Series opposite Julianna Margulies, Elisabeth Moss, Kyra Sedgwick, and Katey Segal. Just look at that list and tell us if she doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. We’ll wait.
Hung: How does HBO do it? How did they get Thomas Jane a nomination for “Hung” but NBC couldn’t get squat for Joel McHale for “Community.” Something’s not right. “Hung” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and it having a performer in the Best Actor in a Comedy Series category is the true joke.
These are just some of our reactions to this morning’s nominations. What are yours?