2020 Golden Globe TV nominations: who got recognized & who got snubbed?

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The 2020 Golden Globe nominations are here! I’m splitting up the nominations into two posts, one for film and one for television. This is the television nomination post. It’s been an exciting year for Peak TV, but we also saw “the last water cooler show,” Game of Thrones, end its run with a whimper and not a bang. Streaming services are not just an issue for the film industry, they’re also a concern for the TV industry and how to recognize quality shows which are still finding their audience on a streaming platform. I feel like there are more shake-ups with the TV noms though, as people are faster to recognize new shows, and that’s doubly true for the Golden Globes. You can see this year’s nominations here. The big TV noms:

Limited Series or TV Movie
“The Loudest Voice”

Best Actor – TV Movie or Miniseries
Chris Abbott, “Catch 22”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Best Actress – TV Movie or Miniseries
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great”
Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable”
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”

Best Comedy Series
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Politician”

Best Actress Comedy
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”
Rachel Brosnahan, “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best Actor Comedy
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Ben Platt, “The Politician”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself”
Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”

Best Actress – TV Drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Actor – TV Drama
Brian Cox, “Succession”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Best TV series, Drama
“The Crown”
“The Morning Show”
“Killing Eve”
“Big Little Lies”

My general feeling is that the British peeps will have a good time: The Crown is clearly a favorite in drama, and Fleabag is a favorite in Comedy. And perhaps Killing Eve is a favorite as well. I could also see Succession winning Best Drama, or maybe the HFPA wants to give Apple+ a cookie for starting up. What else… surprised at the noms for Big Little Lies because the second season was garbage. Oh… no Game of Thrones for Best Drama, LMAO. GOOD. Also: Fosse/Verdon for everything!!

Justin and Hailey Bieber go for a rainy day coffee run

Justin and Hailey Bieber go for a rainy day coffee run

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  1. MCV says:

    Jeremy Strong was so robbed!! Can’t believe Brian Cox took his spot, hopefully the SAG and the Emmys give him a nomination.

    • Bex says:

      Nah, Brian Cox is brilliant in Succession. It’s Kit Harington that should’ve been passed over for Jeremy.

      I also don’t think Reese Witherspoon is good in The Morning Show. Aniston is doing well, but Witherspoon is playing a character that would’ve made much more sense if she was a decade younger and she’s not really doing anything interesting with it.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think Reese is OK in the show, but it’s really more of a supporting role, especially in the later episodes.

      • Renee says:

        @Bex, I agree. Reese’s role should have been for someone younger. It is like some sort of ingenue who is starting out but doesn’t have any direction. I really like The Morning Show but Reese should not be nominated. Aniston is much better and is carrying the show.

    • Raquel says:

      Agree. Best performance in tv last year. Jeremy was totally robbed

    • Ivy Rose says:


      Jeremy Strong is incredible. One of the best performances I’ve ever seen, and I’m not just saying that because I watched, like, 5 Hallmark Christmas movies over the weekend which set the bar low.

  2. Winnie says:

    Of course, When They See Us isn’t included. What a snub.

    • Enn says:

      With the exception of Billy Porter this list is basically blizzard conditions.

    • Carina says:

      Agreed. I can’t believe that’s not on there.

      The GG noms this year is more of the same. More dude films. Few if any PoC. the industry is all about lip service when it gets called out, but never make any actual change. Sadly the oscars will likely be the same way. Awful

  3. Esme says:

    No Goop?

  4. Sierra says:

    I want Jodie or Olivia to win but with CAA going hardcore for Jennifer Aniston and possibly Reese, I think the chances are slim.

  5. minx says:

    Yay Fleabag.

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I watched “Fleabag” again yesterday…because…it deserves one more look before the year is out…And yes…like my thanksgiving leftovers…it got BETTER with time…

    And I am TELLING YOU…that Fosse/Verdon miniseries…is damn near…PERFECTION!!!! We KNOW what Sam Rockwell can do with a character…and let’s be honest…Bob Fosse, emotionally and psychologically is NOT that far out of the wheelhouse of characters that Rockwell has played through his career…but what MICHELLE WILLIAMS DOES WITH GWEN VERDON? I swear…sometimes…I thought…I was ACTUALLY LOOKING AT GWEN…LISTENING TO GWEN! Michelle deserves…ALL of the accolades…do you hear me…ALL OF THEM!

  7. Coji says:

    Sam Rockwell deserves all the awards. I haven’t seen the show he’s nominated for but he always puts in a strong performance. Far better actor than most of his generation.

  8. runcmc says:

    Ben Platt was AMAZING in The Politician, I’m glad he got a nom!

  9. LadyMTL says:

    I really liked Chernobyl; I started watching it on a long flight from Asia and was actually a bit annoyed that the plane landed before I could finish the whole thing, lol. (I caught up later, of course.) For a series with only 5 eps, it packed a punch.

    • Kris says:

      Chernobyl is phenomenal! If it doesn’t win best drama, at the very least Jared Harris deserves the best actor trophy. He’s incredible.

      • Lucy says:

        Chernobyl should win. One of the best, most thought provoking series I have ever seen. Brilliant acting by Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard (I love him in anything)

    • Fiona says:

      I thought Chernobyl was fantastic! I wish more people who weren’t into the Cold War, nuclear disasters watched it!

      I can’t believe anything related to the Morning Show was nominated and I’m sad When They See Us was snubbed

  10. grabbyhands says:

    As much as he deserves it, I’m annoyed that Billy Porter is the only one recognized in Pose AGAIN.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      Oh…I AM TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When, let’s keep it real….it is Mj Rodriguez’s performance as Mama Blanca..head of the Haus of Evangelista….SHE is the heart AND the soul…and the reason that show beats love…LOVE…LUV!!!! And yet…she is once again…ignored….

  11. Becks1 says:

    oh Game of Thrones got snubbed, for sure. Kit is the only one nominated? The last season wasn’t as good as the previous seasons, obviously, but it was still one of the biggest shows of the year. I would have thought it would have gotten a nom for best drama just because it was the last year for it.

    • Oh No says:

      It’s a damn shame the last season destroyed any rewatch desire that I had. Such hopes…I don’t think any of them deserved to be nominated but not through any fault of their own

    • Char says:

      Emilia Clarke wasn’t nominated but Kit Harrington was? Shame.

      • Louisa says:

        They’re both bad actors so I was surprised Kit was nominated here

      • wtf says:


        I was coming here to say the exact same thing. I love the show, but they are both terrible actors. I think people give them a pass because they are good looking. Like Michael B. Jordan.

    • Mo says:

      I really hope Game of Thrones is a warning to networks/channels/services to not to start planning the sequels before you’ve stuck the landing on the original.

  12. Becklu says:

    What the hell? This is the worst list I’ve ever seen. Seriously where is WHEN THEY SEE US?!?!? And honestly they have Reese Witherspoon who is horrible in the morning show and not Neicey Nash? Where is Jharrel Jerome who gave the best performance of the year the best of the year and I’m talking TV and movies.

    This is a joke.

  13. Monette says:

    BLL and Killing Eve didn’t deserve the nomination. Both had bad sophomore swamp syndrome.
    Barry and Fleabag were amazing.
    I’m happy Gweny wasn’t nominated.

    • lucy2 says:

      BLL and Killing Eve definitely weren’t as good as their first seasons, but I think the performances were still great.
      I love Barry and Fleabag too!

  14. Cara says:

    Kill Eve should win everything they are nominated for!! It’s an unbelievably clever show and the acting is brilliant.

  15. Allergy says:

    The Politician??? The Politician is terrible.
    Fleabag should win everything.

  16. Lenn says:

    I think Jennifer Aniston should win. She is so so good in the Morning Show. Olivia Colman was great too, but she wasn’t the best thing about season three of the Crown.

    • Truth hurts says:

      No I disagree.

    • Grant says:

      I feel the same way about Aniston. Like Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Aniston is rocking my world in the performance of her career on TMS. I hope that she wins so that she will continue to seek out similar material that focuses on her surprising range and depth as an actress instead of fluff that just cashes in on her celebrity.

      • Renee says:

        I completely agree Grant & Lenn. Aniston is killing it on The Morning Show.

      • lucy2 says:

        It’s kind of cool that two women who have been kind of dismissed as “lesser than” actors are doing their best work at 50. It’s almost like life and experience counts for something, and there are interesting stories out there for women beyond the ingenue…

  17. sassafras says:


    Seriously, I think the biggest snub is on the networks. This is truly a sea-change in the industry when they can’t even get a comedy nom.

    • Jane'sWastedTalent says:

      That’s what stood out to me too.

    • pearlime says:

      TBBT? Seriously? They already got their GG nominations and awards for their earlier seasons when the show was actually good. No point in nominating what has become a middle of the road show just because it was their final year.

  18. Eleonor says:

    it’s time he get the recognition he deserves.
    That’s all I have.

  19. Ferdinand says:

    Was Watchmen elegible for this years’ globes? Because if so, I’m mad it didn’t get any noms

    • Kco says:

      I am wondering the SAME thing, but I have to say, I kept seeing The Watchmen in my SAG nomination magazines and HBO leaflets. It was DEFINITELY SAG Award Eligible…

    • Nic919 says:

      I think they have a different deadline for tv because Regina King needs to get nominated for the Watchmen. She is brilliant.
      I think the HFPA usually likes her so I’m hoping it is just a timing thing.

      • Kco says:

        I wonder what the GG nom and announcement timeline was? SAG nominations were due yesterday, at 5pm, for a Dec 11th announcement.

        Regin King is EVERYTHING in Watchmen. My god, she is a damn force.

  20. Ripley says:

    Unbelievable should win… so well acted, written, directed, everything.

  21. Other Renee says:

    The Kominsky Method is one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are solid gold as is the writing. The only downer is that there are only 8 episodes in each of the two seasons.

  22. Ann says:

    Cheers to the GOT snubs. It’s not the actors fault that the last season was so egregiously terrible but if it means they get snubbed along with D&D so be it. Whatever makes the scarlett letter of failure on those 2 dude bro idiots burn brighter is worth it.

    • PPP says:

      Hear, hear. I don’t want those frat boys making anything else in Hollywood. I’m STILL not over Confederate.

  23. A says:

    Oh a Woody Allen supporter got nominated for a Golden Globe. That’s nice. It’s good to know MeToo movement is going strong in Hollywood. I expected nothing more from them.

    Anyway congrats to Ana de Armas for her first GG nomination. Well deserved!

    • Carina says:

      There’s tons of people on here who say they won’t support ScarJo but then watch Marriage Story or plan to watch Black Widow. People don’t seem to understand that it’s just empty words if you don’t boycott.

      They are hypocrites, just like the people in Hollywood.

  24. Allergy says:

    Where is Catastrophe? Fleabag and Catastrophe are miles ahead of anything else.

  25. Jadedone says:

    No Euphoria or Handmaids tale makes me sad.

  26. Dani says:

    Sasha Barron Cohen should win for The Spy. It was really, really, good and pretty accurate. My in laws lived in Syria at the time of Eli Cohen and they even loved it.

  27. Louisa says:

    Yay for Succession!!

  28. Anne says:

    Killing Eve, The Kominski Method and The Morning Show are my favorite shows. I am so glad. Jennifer Aniston is FANTASTIC in The Morning Show, So well deserved – the role of her life. Good for her!

  29. shells_bells says:

    I’m kind of bored with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I think the best comedy that people obviously aren’t watching is Schitt’s Creek. I love it so much. I also really enjoyed Fleabag, it’s my fave on this list.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, I just watched the third season. The costumes, sets, etc. are unbelievably authentic and fun to see, but I feel as if they are starting to repeat themselves. The subplots with Joel and Midge’s parents and in-laws just set my teeth on edge, they’re so improbable.

    • lucy2 says:

      I enjoy Maisel well enough, but it’s in the Downton Abbey habit of “oh this has great period designs and costumes, heap the awards upon it!”

      i would definitely add Schitt’s Creek, and the Good Place, to the comedy category.

    • Clsarah says:

      I wish Schitts Creek was nominated too. Moira Rose is one of my favorite television characters ever.

      • Ivy Rose says:

        Yes! Schitt’s Creek is so good! I couldn’t get into it at first, but a friend told me that it has what is maybe her favorite love story on television, so I pushed through. Boy was it worth it! The character evolution is slow, but so rewarding. Daniel Levy said he wanted to make sure their changes are earned.

        That scene at the open mic night? Apparently Catherine O’Hara couldn’t stop crying, so they had to shoot around her. You can see her at one point reaching for tissues. And then Cabaret? Oh, don’t get me started. So, so good! I love all the characters so much & want good things for each of them in the final season.

  30. deezee says:

    I am not sure why Tobias Menzies got a nomination. Not to say he was bad, but he was just “there.” Prince Philip did so little this season. I am sure there are 5 others more deserving of the spot than him this season.

    • BellaBella says:

      I will add that I really didn’t feel like they gave Olivia Coleman much to do on this season of the Crown. It was so disappointing. All about the men!!

      I love her, but I just don’t feel she deserves a nomination for this.

    • No Doubt says:

      I disagree, he was excellent. Oliva, however, was just okay. I love the actress, but she wasn’t given much to work with.

    • westcoastbestcoast says:

      super disagree! Listen to how Tobias speaks in interviews, then listen to how Prince Phillip speaks in interviews: it’s dead on. And the episode where they’re watching the moon landing and his absolute fascination and then disenchantment with aging, it was incredible to watch. So so happy for him!

  31. PPP says:

    I love Jared Harris but this scene demonstrates why Stellan Skaarsgaard deserves a nom as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy2Ehhnb6Jg

  32. Nev says:

    Succesion all the way!!!

  33. pottymouth pup says:

    I expected it but am truly saddened that Regina King was overlooked

  34. Starkille says:

    I’m sort of shocked Emily Mortimer didn’t get a nod for Chernobyl, particularly at the expense of Helen Mirren in Catherine the Great. I normally like Helen a lot but come on, that series was terrible!

  35. Mrs. Darcy says:

    JEREMY STRONG WAS ROBBED. Crazy omission. I like Tobias Menzies and he was very good but it was not a lead actor role. Kit…ugh. Mr.Robot is unwatchable I cannot believe they are seriously still watching that. Also When They See Us was so much better and evenly executed storytelling (not even mentioning the importance of the story itself) than Fosse/Verdon, which had two really pointless episodes and was patchy at best.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree that Jeremy Strong was robbed. He was amazing in this past season and to have Kit Harington get a nom is the worst. Tobias Menzies at least did something decent with his role but having long hair and broody looks is not acting.

  36. Carli Whitehead says:

    How is stranger things not nominated? Am I the only one thinking this?

  37. Charfromdarock says:

    I’m so out of the loop – I haven’t seen any of these!

  38. 2lazy4username says:

    I am really into Jennifer Aniston’s performance in TMS. Career-defining, in my opinion.

    Am I the only one who is annoyed by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? LIke, when she does her stand-up she’s not funny? I was really into at first, but have stopped watching it.

  39. YAS says:

    I know Michelle Williams will win for Fosse/Verdon because she was, unsurprisingly, absolutely brilliant as Gwen Verdon. However, I’m so glad to see that Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever were nominated for their performances in “Unbelievable,” which was probably my favorite thing I’ve seen in about 5 years. It was so emotionally impactful and their performances were wonderful. If you haven’t seen in yet, I couldn’t recommend it more (though I do admit it’s a heavy series).

    • msd says:

      I hope Merritt Wever wins. All the performances in Unbelievable were excellent but she was something special. She doesn’t promote herself much but she won two Emmys without really promoting herself so, fingers crossed! That show was (to my surprise) one of the best things on TV for ages. I was wary because I’m tired of rape on TV and the lazy way it’s portrayed but it really upended that by truly focusing on women. It is a quietly revolutionary show in many ways. Netflix didn’t seem to push it but it became a well-deserved hit through word of mouth.

  40. Julie says:

    Nothing for Schitt”s. Criminal

  41. Dizzy says:

    Kirsten Dunst was great in her show. Glad she was nominated.

  42. No Doubt says:

    Tobias Menzies was EXCELLENT in The Crown! Helena was underused in season 3, but she stole the show when she was on screen! I am glad she got a nod!

  43. Alyse says:

    My boy Paul Rudd got a nom!

    No idea if deserved (haven’t watched it yet) but I’m just happy that he’s being recognised in general, because I love him :)

  44. Ib says:

    Derry girls was ROBBED

  45. amilou says:

    I wish people watched Mr. Inbetween. It’s great and so underrated.

  46. Maria_ says:

    Where is Freddy Highmore for the good doctor ?