Golden Globes Snub ‘Lost,’ Embrace ‘Walking Dead’

The always-unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press Association delivered some surprises in the TV categories.

While the Emmys often serve up nods to the same old favorites, year after year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes are beloved for their unpredictability. In the TV category, the domination of shows like “Glee” and “Mad Men” wasn’t too surprising, but there were plenty of out-of-left-field choices and sad-face snubs to keep awards-show junkies amused on Tuesday morning (December 14). (Here’s a complete list of the 2011 Golden Globe nominations .)

In the drama acting categories, a Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama nomination for Katey Sagal for her work on FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” (The Atlantic raved that Sagal gave a “riveting performance as matriarch of a corrupt biker family”) may have been overshadowed by the “Huh?” factor of “Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo also being placed on the list.

Fans of AMC’s bloody good newcomer “The Walking Dead” should be thrilled to see the show nominated with established heavyweights such as “Mad Men” and “Dexter” for Best Television Series – Drama. Another new show, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” snagged a nod in the category.

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But devotees of the shows left off the drama list are bound to be vocal about the oversights. HBO’s “True Blood” and “Big Love” were left out. And after a love-it-or-hate-it series finale, bragging rights for biggest snub goes to “Lost,” which was shut out of the running completely. The groundbreaking show kept fans’ interest until the very end (especially with strong turns by castmembers Michael Emerson, Terry O’Quinn and Matthew Fox), but apparently not the HFPA.

The often-snubbed “Friday Night Lights” received zero nominations during a year that included stand-out performances by its cast (particularly Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Zach Gilford). “Come on, Golden Globes, no ’Friday Night Lights,’ either?” (Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker complained.)

Elsewhere, Christina Hendricks’ continually impressive work on “Mad Men” (including tackling story lines of infidelity and pregnancy) somehow was overlooked. (USA Today noticed some more obvious snubs, including “Breaking Bad” ’s Aaron Paul, the 2010 Emmy winner for supporting actor in a drama, and “The Good Wife” ’s Archie Panjabi, who took the Emmy last fall for best supporting actress in a drama.)

There were hardly any stunners in the comedic acting categories, except for, perhaps, the inclusion of “Hung” star Thomas Jane in Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy. Jane’s male gigolo would have to pull off the ultimate upset to top the likes of “The Big Bang Theory” ’s Jim Parsons, “30 Rock” ’s Baldwin and departing “Office” star Steve Carell.

Some unexpected supporting actors got boosts from HFPA, like “Hawaii Five-O” star Scott Caan. Caan edged out perennials such as “How I Met Your Mother” ’s Neil Patrick Harris and “Two and a Half Men” ’s Jon Cryer. This is much to the delight of the Los Angeles Times Maria Elena Fernandez, who called the acknowledgment for Caan “nice.”

Amy Poehler’s comedic chops helped bring “Parks and Recreation” into a winning second season, but not a Golden Globe nomination. “Cougar Town” (which now makes a running joke in its opening credits about its awful name) is one of the most consistently funny shows on TV. But perhaps Courteney Cox’s (who was a nominee last year) personal life overshadowed her and the show’s chances of a nomination.

Only two of the “Modern Family” castmembers — Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet — got attention, while, somehow the understated, but undeniably hilarious work by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Ed O’Neill went unnoticed. “All of the actors on that show easily could have taken over the entire comedy category, and most people would be OK with that,” the L.A. Times noted. “Maybe next year there should be a special ’Modern Family’ category?”

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