With more TV shows and platforms than ever before, every awards show is bound to make some very difficult choices, and that’s the case for this year’s Golden Globes.
Naturally, each year there are a ton of deserving actors, writers, producers, and shows that end up without a nomination.
But the snubs for our favorites don’t get any easier to digest each year, as evidenced by the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globes, which air Sunday. The Globes are seen in many Hollywood circles as the precursor to the Emmys, so a nomination here can be very important.
This year, the comedy series category was tougher than ever. Awards favorites, including HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” went forgotten.
And while an awards show can’t hit every TV actor or show that stood out in the year’s pop culture, “SNL’s” Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump impersonators, “The Walking Dead’s” new murderous villain, and the show that makes you look at your mobile phone in a whole different way were upsetting absences.
Here’s a look at the biggest TV snubs of the 2017 Golden Globes nominations:
While some may be disappointed that Taraji P. Henson didn’t get a nom for the movie “Hidden Figures,” TV fans may be scratching their heads as to why last year’s drama actress winner didn’t get recognized at all for “Empire” this year. In fact, “Empire” got no love at the Globes this year at all.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
As the new big bad villain on “The Walking Dead,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan has flipped that show on its head. The energy he’s brought the show should’ve been recognized.
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Silicon Valley” is one of the funniest and most scathing looks at the center of the tech world. It has also been nominated for two years running. But now, just zeros for the HBO comedy.
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta” (FX)
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We don’t think it’s nitpicking to say that in addition to its nom for best comedy and for star/creator Donald Glover, a supporting nom should have gone to Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Paperboi on “Atlanta.” Not only did he bring some of the best comedic timing to the show, but he also held an entire episode together with just two other people on “B.A.N.,” the season’s seventh episode.
Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
2016 was really Kate McKinnon’s year. Not only was she the perfect Hillary Clinton, she recently segued into the perfect Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway. Some would say that her varied character work is carrying “SNL” right now. But she got nothing from the Globes.
And as for Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump? It’s the most studied one that exists in the world, enough to drive its inspiration crazy.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
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A perennial Emmy favorite since debuting in 2015, this series from Tina Fey got zero love from the Globes voters. Nothing for star Ellie Kemper? Or supporting actors Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski?
Louie Anderson, “Baskets” (FX)
Louie Anderson is totally transformed as the title character’s mom on FX’s nutty and hilarious comedy, “Baskets.”
Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (Netflix)
It’s great that both Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz got supporting noms for NBC’s breakout hit “This Is Us,” but the men were sadly overlooked. Sterling K. Brown was nominated for “People v. O.J. Simpson,” but Milo Ventimiglia definitely deserved a shot at the Globe.
“Luke Cage” (Netflix)
“Luke Cage” has strong performances by Mike Colter and Rosario Dawson. It also has a message that doesn’t feel forced alongside its narrative. Yet zip for the Marvel show.
Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
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Regina King nabbed the Emmy for this role two years running, but the Globes left her out of its noms this year. Felicity Huffman deserved it for her turn as the school leader trying to keep her head above water on “American Crime,” but King’s role as a lioness protecting her cub was also spellbinding.
“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
This was one of the most talked-about series of last year for its creepy, prophetic look at how technology could turn humanity inside out.
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
This one has to sting for Netflix. “House of Cards” has been an awards-show mainstay since its first season in 2013 and this year the Globes didn’t feel it strong enough for even one nom.
“Better Things” (FX)
FX’s new series from Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon wasn’t able to break through in its first season, but Adlon delivered an awards-worthy performance as an actress and single mom who’s doing neither job well.