2018 Golden Globes television nominations: who got snubbed & who got recognized?

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We’re living in an age of Peak TV, and I would imagine the average American Golden Globe viewer has seen more of the nominated TV shows/miniseries/specials than the nominated films. It was an interesting year for “TV” this year, because most of the notable TV projects were on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. I mean, that’s been happening for years, but this year it feels really big. And, as always, HBO had another huge f–king year, because of course. Here are some of the big nominations in the television categories (you can see the full list here). Note: this post is just for TV nominations, a separate post is coming for film nominees.

Best Television Series – Comedy:
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“Will & Grace”

Actor in a TV Series – Comedy:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Alison Brie, “Glow”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Best Television Limited Series/TV Movie:
“Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”
“The Sinner”

Actress in a Limited Series:
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Actor in a Limited Series
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best TV series – Drama:
The Crown
Game of Throne
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Actor In a Drama:
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Best Actress in a Drama:
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV show, TV movie or limited series:
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Anne Dowd – Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie

David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

Some random thoughts… I felt like the only person who watched The Sinner, so it’s nice to see that little cable miniseries get some love! It wasn’t terrible. Big Little Lies deserves all the love, and I’m sure it will sweep most of the categories. It’s… interesting (??) to see the Globe love for the return of Will & Grace. I don’t really get it, but whatever, sure. Yay for Issa Rae! Yay for The Young Pope! Yay for Aziz Ansari! Anyway, I’m sort of overwhelmed so I can’t see who has been snubbed… it seems like Game of Thrones’ actors were snubbed… which is sort of expected. Anyway, have at it! Also: f–k Susan Sarandon. She shouldn’t get nominated for anything.

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  1. Lora says:

    Yaaay for ‘the sinner’ bit what about ‘how to get away with murder’ ? Its an awesome show

  2. FishBeard says:

    I feel like I haven’t seen even half of these shows. I do think The Crown is overrated tho.

  3. Nancy says:

    Freddie Highmore finally gets a nomination for The Good Doctor, good, since he should have four Golden Globes for playing Norman Bates so breathtakingly well. Don’t see any noms for Walking Dead which is bizarre. Did anyone watch last night? Yipes!

  4. Slowsnow says:

    Guys… come on… Big Little Lies is bad. The chorus, the shallowness of the characters, the typification of women excused bc they (Spoiler Alert!!!) come together at the end. The criminal/abuser being someone in the circle of friends (Top of the Lake, The Killing kind of twist that is everywhere now)… I don’t get it.
    The Leftovers as the series that has blown me away continuously along with Twin Peaks, The Wire and Mad Men FTW 🤘🏼😀

  5. third ginger says:

    My husband and I are binge watching Season two of THE CROWN. The men are very good, but Foy and Kirby are incredible.

  6. Milla says:

    I liked twin peaks, the young pope and big little lies.

    The crown seems overrated.

    Don’t know about other shows.

  7. minx says:

    I’m assuming these nominations for The Crown are for Season 2…? Just binge watched it over the weekend, a little wistful because Foy/Smith have finished their roles.

  8. Ninks says:

    Jessica Biel is now a Golden Globes nominated actress.

  9. Penfold says:

    I loved Jason Bateman in Ozark. To me his character was kind of like a shady Michael Bluth- he’d still do anything for family!

  10. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    Lena Heady has killed it as Cersei Lannister from the beginning, but the last two seasons, she has been superb. She deserves to be nominated.

    I binge watched The Crown this weekend and loved Claire Foy’s performance as Queen Elizabeth. As someone who’s known very little of the Queen and her life experiences, Foy’s performance made her more human and complex. I hope she wins.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Lena Heady and Alfie Allen deserve to recognized – they are the best actors on the show. However, HBO only submitted Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington for nominations and they honestly don’t deserve it. Kit is much better than Emilia but but even Sofie Turner and Maisie Williams are better than him. Clarke is just awful. So I am really glad that they weren’t nominated. I am rather miffed that the show itself received a nomination because season 7 was really really bad! It was far worse than season 5, which was pretty bad as well but sealson 7 topped that with bad writing, weird pacing and nonsensical plot elements (wight hunt). It didn’t deserve a nomination.

  11. PlayItAgain says:

    Why doesn’t Sam Heughan ever get nominated (for any award) for Outlander? Is he really that bad of an actor, or is it because no one takes him seriously because he has to take his shirt off in every episode?

    • Tina says:

      Probably both. He’s fine and now can be very good in certain scenes, but (in the first season especially) he was sometimes really bad. He’s nowhere near as good an actor as Caitriona Balfe or Tobias Menzies, IMO. They’ve also made a decision that this is a “strong woman’s story” so he sometimes gets overlooked in the writing.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Tobias Menzies deserved a nomination for that one episode in season 1 where Jack Randall got Claire to empathize with him – just before he pulled the rug from under her feet and showed her that he’s a complete psycho. It was a superb piece of acting.

      • Deedee says:

        Agreed on Tobias. Also, pulling off the dual role of evil BlackJack Randall and somewhat sympathetic Frank Randall showed some real chops.

      • Nic919 says:

        He also gets little to work with. Basically Gabaldon wrote him as a fantasy character and he spends most of his time reacting to Claire. Only at the end of the first season did he really have something to work with and at that point Outlander wasn’t really figuring in the awards show talk.

      • TrixC says:

        I think Sam is much better than Caitriona, I find him emotionally believable in that role whereas I can’t stand her self conscious emoting and affected English accent, particularly in the Boston scenes she’s cringeworthy (although not as bad as the actress playing her daughter, who really is excruciatingly bad). Tobias Menzies should definitely have been nominated, he was fantastic as BlackJack Randall, although also oddly stiff in the 20th cent scenes.

      • Tina says:

        Oh I think that Balfe’s accent is very good. It’s perfectly period. Very Brief Encounter.

    • L84Tea says:

      I commented down below saying the same thing. How is Sam not getting nominated? I think he’s terrific! Same with Tobias–anyone who can make me loathe them as much as he did when he played Black Jack Randall, but then make me feel bad for him when he plays Frank Randell is doing a damn good job.

  12. Joss RED says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Will & Grace 2.0 is painfully unfunny?

    In the last week’s episode they made a joke about the movie No Country For Old Man (it’s from 2008!). And the “warning” at the beginning, about the show being recorded in front of a live audience makes me think that lots of people are not laughing too! And what happened to Debra Messing’s acting? She laughs at every single joke!

    It’s been pure hate watching for me…

    • Persistent Cat says:

      I always liked the show but wasn’t a fanatic but was enthusiastic about its return. OMG, it is so incredibly bad. It’s so hammy and you can see the jokes coming from a mile away. I think I watched the first two and said “F that.” There are so many better shows, how did that get a nomination? I can’t even hate watch it.

  13. Tina says:

    Was The Americans eligible or not? The 5th series was really boring sometimes, but the acting was as phenomenal as ever.

  14. Sara says:

    I’m annoyed that The Deuce only got one nomination and wasn’t nominated for Best Drama Series.

    • Tanguerita says:

      I am annoyed as well – but not surprised. It’s a good show with a lot of potential, however I can’t help but think that it hasn’t found its feet yet: too many story lines, too many characters. And Franco (and yes, I know, he is not a bad actor) is…. I don’t know. Too smug for his own good.

  15. Cee says:

    I loved The Sinner and I’m glad it’s nominated.
    Watched Season 2 of The Crown during the long weekend in Argentina; Vanessa Kirby was snubbed.

  16. Ocho says:

    Rachel Brosnahan — yes! She gave such a strong (and enjoyable) performance in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Sunshine in human form. She was wonderful in “House of Cards” too — completely different. I wish Amazon promoted “Mrs Maisel” more — at least on my (UK) Amazon Prime, you have to hunt for it and I think it’s the strongest show in their roster.

  17. Anna says:

    I’d love to see Sterling K. Brown win, he’s incredible as Randall. Also, IMO, Susan Kelechi Watson should be there instead of Chrissy Metz, she is killing it as Beth. And why is Chrissy in the supporting category anyways, when Sterling is not?

  18. nicegirl says:

    Did anyone else see and then LOVE Netflix’s ‘Ozark’? Jason Bateman was EVERYTHING in that show, unbelievable. I watched the entire season TWICE, binge-watching whilst ill and it was amazing! For sure I will be watching the Globes, hoping he wins!

    Highly recommend.

    But for Pete’s sake, skip ‘Disjointed’ – I thought it would be a super fun riff on marijuana dispensaries with Kathy Bates but it ended up just being STOOOOOPID. Could not get past the 3rd episode.

    I love that we have so many choices now when it comes to television viewing.

  19. Lucy says:

    Chief Hopper got a nod!! Nice.

  20. Alyce says:

    I wish The Good Place would get some love. All of the actors are perfectly cast and the episodes crack me up. They kill it every time and no one else I know even watches it!

  21. slowsnow says:

    Fresh off the Boat for comedy. Big snub, great series.

    • slowsnow says:

      Btw, can we get a bit more Constance Wu here? She is very vocal about Casey Affleck for instance and other issues that are relevant such as the under-representation of Asian actors in HW.

    • Bridget says:

      I really love Constance, but Fresh Off The Boat isn’t great. They went mid 90s sitcom fuzzy for the tone and it’s really the actors that make it watchable. But the show itself is just a step above finishing each episode with a freeze frame hug. Sometimes I watch it and wonder if it’s an intentional F-you to Eddie Huang, because that’s specifically what he’s publicly had an issue with (his real life Dad wasn’t so warm and fuzzy).

      • slowsnow says:

        You know what? I watch FOTB on Portuguese tv so I hadn’t noticed I was in 2015… :-)
        So I don’t know how it’s doing now. It’s just that I am in love with the actors and especially Constance Wu herself and her character.

        Leftovers it is for the big snub then.

  22. TIFFANY N HINES says:

    Love the crown hope it wins everything.

  23. Maum says:

    Was Godless not eligible? I loved that show!
    I binged it in three evenings. The final episode was stunning.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Game of Thrones got no acting nominations? That doesn’t seem right to me!

  25. teacakes says:

    I’m just here for the David Harbour nom. That is an A++++ cast on that show, they really brought it in S2.

  26. AGirlAbroad says:

    I love big little lies!!!!! maybe I understand the atmosphere all too well bc I work in a very rich area and its almost eerily like BLL in many ways

    The show is very accurate in its portrayal of the wealthy elite and their daily lives aka most have full time housecleaners, huge homes, nannies, and many (not all) but most of the women and men trying to up one another with flashy cars and expensive trips and getting into petty arguments with friends etc.

    Great show I hope Nicole wins!!!

  27. dee says:

    Church attendance just went up! Jude Law is incredible in The Young Pope.

  28. Lene says:

    Still waiting for some recognition for Blacklist and James Spader especially … and yet again, nothing.

  29. Bucketbot says:

    Nice to see some Globes love for Freddie Highmore, especially since he and Vera Farmiga repeatedly got snubbed for bates motel, even for season 5! Was so dissappointed. I haven’t watched the good doctor so can’t say much but I’m happy for him.

  30. HoustonGrl says:

    Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies was one of the best performances I have ever seen, his portrayal of the manipulation and deception that goes into an abusive relationship was utterly petrifying.

  31. Frosty says:

    Good for Issa Rae, Alexander Skarsgard, and the Handmaid’s Tale in an otherwise wildly overpraised group. In my opinion ;)

  32. African Sun says:

    Where is Game of Thrones? edit I see it but no noms for Lena Headey seriously? She was so amazing in S7

    • ArtHistorian says:

      HBO didn’t submit her for nomination – they only submitted Clarke and Harington.

      They got nominated for best show – and that nom is without merit this year. Season 7 was so bad – and it got a lot of well-earned criticism. Hopefully, season 8 will be better.

  33. Ozogirl says:

    I wish Dear White People on Netflix got recognized. I really enjoyed it. Rooting for The Crown and Sterling.

  34. Esmom says:

    I’m glad Bob Odenkirk got a nom for Better Call Saul. I would love to see Rhea Seehorn nominated, too, she’s really good.

  35. Carol says:

    Speechless and The Good Place are light-year’s better than the comedies nominated. Ridiculous!

  36. Rocknrust says:

    No love for The Punisher?

  37. VA says:

    No Black Sails :(
    I loved that show and the final season was amazing. Toby Stephens should have gotten a nomination for his part!

  38. serena says:

    This is Us has got to win Best Drama.. hands down!

  39. Rachel says:

    Can anyone tell me what the cutoff date was to qualify? I don’t know much about it, but I watched Godless this weekend, and Merritt Wever should win all the awards.

  40. L84Tea says:

    I’m really disappointed to once again not see Sam Heughan nominated for Outlander. If anybody has watched previous seasons, particularly the last two episodes of season one, they can see that he is an amazing actor and has a remarkable ability to convey everything the scene says with his face. He did the same thing in the first episode of season three while laying on the battlefield dying–completely acted the entire scene with his eyes. I fear for him that he will continue to get passed on as a serious actor because he falls into that “hunky” category. Yes, he is very easy on the eyes, but he also tears your heart out. :-(