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Golden Globes 2014: Our Gut Reactions to the TV Nominations

It's that time of year! No, not the holidays... awards season time! The big guns start coming out with the Golden Globe nominations which were announced this morning and instead of spreading joy we're all miserable about the fact that so many worthy candidates were left out in the cold. There were some pleasant surprises, including Masters of Sex and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and some Orphan Black love, but mostly just confusion about how they pick these nominees in the first place. Get our initial reactions and then share your thoughts below.

Best Television Series - Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
The biggest shocker here is that last year's winner Homeland didn't even score a single nod this year. Maybe the HFPA only loves Damian Lewis and doesn't like a season where Brody's been largely MIA? We expected to see House of Cards and we're pleasantly surprised to see newcomer Masters of Sex grab a nod over the likes of The Newsroom or Boardwalk Empire, but we were hoping that Orange Is the New Black might have edged its way in there as well. Obviously this is Breaking Bad's to lose, but we're still sitting here scratching our heads at why the Globes show so little love to Mad Men or Sons of Anarchy or Game of Thrones. Do they not like style or violence?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
We were surprised to see Spader on here, he's the best thing on The Blacklist, but it just doesn't necessarily seem award worthy, but the Globes do like to give recognition to already known entities. We understand why last year's winner (Damian Lewis) wasn't nominated again. His scant screen time doesn't really scream Lead Actor. We're really starting to feel bad for Jon Hamm here. Good thing he's got his looks to rely on. We'd hoped to see Ron Perlman get a nod for his intense final season of SOA, but we're thinking that maybe we need to make sure the HFPA gets FX by next year.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
This will teach us to write our pissed-off snubs in advance. We had a whole rant about the omission of our beloved Orphan Black star written up… and then they went and nominated her. We're thrilled that we underestimated the nominators on this one. And we're glad to see some love for Orange Is the New Black (even if Schilling is far from the reason we watch that show). We're pretty pleased with these nods over all (We are torn about rooting for Kerry or Tatiana come Globe night, though), but we were hoping that they'd follow the Masters of Sex love and find a spot for Lizzy Caplan who is the heart and soul of that show. And while we're glad that it made room for Schilling and Maslany, we are surprised that Claire Danes didn't get at least a nod.

Best Television Series - Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Honestly, we saw Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks & Rec on the list and maybe passed out for a minute in pure delight. One could argue that Veep, House of Lies and Arrested Development could all have earned a spot on here, but they did manage to at least get some love in the acting categories. And one could argue that Modern Family has been wildly uneve and Girls is, well, Girls. But aside from overlooking that season of Community that we'd rather forget and an uneven season of New Girl, these nods are solid.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Never did we think we'd a day where we'd be excited about Andy Samberg getting nominated for anything aside from a Razzie, but that was before we fell for the quirky Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We'd have liked for Jake Johnson (New Girl) to get a nod for his role as Nick, or Joel McHale get some love for his standout work in the dreaded season of Community. Not that we really wanted him to get a nod, but we're surprised that the nominating committee didn't show their undying love to Robin Williams, we predicted they would have eaten up his manic performance.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
We had hoped that there was a chance Anna Faris might sneak in here for Mom, or maybe Malin Ackerman for underrated newcomer Trophy Wife since the Globes seem to like new flashy things. But this year, instead of Dunham winning, we'd really like it to be Poehler or Louis-Dreyfus. If we had our druthers, we'd pick Globes co-host Poehler, since Louis-Dreyfus has so many trophies at home to dust already.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen
We are thrilled to see our guilty pleasure American Horror Story: Coven getting the accolades this delicious trainwreck deserves, but we're worried that against the shorter-form mini-series AHS won't play as well. We'd been hoping for Luther, but since that show is all Idris Elba all the time, it makes sense that they left it just for the actor nomination. And we're kind of glad that Phil Spector as a whole didn't get nominated.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
Idris Elba probably doesn't stand a chance here against all these powerhouse names, does he? That's a shame. These seem like the usual suspects for this, though we're wondering if Ejiofor will get a win here or for 12 Years a Slave. This seems like the award version of a safety school for him. We're at least glad to see that all the ridiculous wigs got their just desserts this year.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter (Burton & Taylor)
Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)
We obviously want Jessica Lange to win this (even though that show is such an ensemble with so many awesome actresses) but we're guessing that it's going to come down to Helen Mirren or Elisabeth Moss, and likely go to Mirren.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
It's time for our annual rant about how much this category (and the actress one as well) sucks. Seriously, they either need to break it up to match the lead categories or get rid of it. Putting together supporting casts in comedy, musical and miniseries is like comparing apples to army tanks and leaves out so many very wonderful performances in all of varieties. It's just absolutely absurd. So while we're hoping that Aaron Paul wins, and are pleased to see Josh Charles here (since he's killing it on The Good Wife this season), the entire ensemble cast of Game of Thrones is out, as well as any of the comedy supporting actors like Nick Offerman, Ed O'Neill, Andre Braugher… we could go on for about a dozen paragraphs with worthy talent. It's just so utterly ridiculous that little puffs of smoke start coming out of our ears when we start thinking about it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge)
Janet McTeer (The White Queen)
Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Monica Potter (Parenthood)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
See above rant on the general stupidity of this category, but add to it the fact that out of all of the talented actresses available, including the likes of Allison Janney (who is dominating on Mom and Masters of Sex) or Angela Basset and/or Kathy Bates (from AHS:Coven), or Anna Gunn (an Emmy winner for Breaking Bad), or Chelsea Peretti (the secret weapon of Brooklyn Nine-Nine), they decided to include Sofia Vergara and Hayden Panettiere. For real. They aren't even the best actresses on their respective shows. We're going to go get some snacks when they hand this out and just hope when we come back we see Monica Potter on stage.

Get our reactions to the movie nominations here!

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