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Breaking Down the 2021 Golden Globe TV Nominations

True to form, the 78th Golden Globe nominations proved that the awards show remains a complete mess. Announced virtually by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson, the TV nominations were in parts expected, surprising and downright chaotic. (Only the Globes would nominate a show such as the hate-watched “Emily in Paris” but snub the critically acclaimed “I May Destroy You.”) Netflix was the biggest winner, collecting a total of 20 nominations, while its closest competitor, HBO, trailed behind with six.

A Schitt’s Sweep

Schitt's Creek
The cast of “Schitt’s Creek” | Photo courtesy of Pop

Just in time, “Schitt’s Creek” received its first-ever Golden Globe nominations for its sixth and final season. Racking up nominations in all the comedy categories, the Globes finally gave the Pop comedy its due, proving the HFPA can at least do something right.

New Comedy Leads the Way

Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso | Photo courtesy of AppleTV+

Freshman comedy shows “Ted Lasso,” “The Great” and “The Flight Attendant” scored series and acting nominations, recognizing some the best new television. Yet also included in this line up was Netflix’s “Emily in Paris,” proving that you always win some and lose some with the HFPA.

“The Crown” Reigns

Golden Globe nominees Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor
Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor as Princess Diana and Prince Charles | Photo courtesy of Netflix

Scoring the most nominations of any television show, “The Crown” led the way with six nominations. This included repeat nominations for Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, and first-time nominees Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin. Alongside Gillian Anderson and a Best Drama Series nomination, “The Crown” proved it is the show to beat at this month’s ceremony.

Ozark” Breaks In

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde | Photo courtesy of Netflix

The HFPA has never really warmed to “Ozark,” only nominating Jason Bateman for its past two seasons. Yet, thankfully, that changed this year, with standouts Laura Linney and Julia Garner finally receiving recognition, alongside “Ozark” receiving its first Best Drama Series nomination.

“Ratched” Surprises

Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched | Photo courtesy of Netflix

With an unexpected Drama Series nomination and two acting nominations for Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched” held off significant competition. Alongside Jim Parsons receiving a nod for “Hollywood” (a show that no-one has talked about for months), the HFPA revealed that nothing will stop them from nominating every mediocre Ryan Murphy project in existence!

“The Undoing” Leads

"The Undoing" scored 4 Golden Globe nominations
Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman as Jonathan and Grace Fraser | Photo courtesy of HBO

“The Undoing” was always going to be loved by the Golden Globes, who in turn showered it not only with acting nominations for leads Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, but also a nomination for Supporting Actor Donald Sutherland, and a Limited Series nod (which was… a choice).

Best Nominations

Golden Globe nominee Jane Levy
The cast of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Photo courtesy of NBC

–        Jane Levy receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her brilliant (and underappreciated) work in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

–        “The Queen’s Gambit” getting recognized, alongside lead Anya-Taylor Joy.

–        Both leads of “The Great,” Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, getting comedy nominations.

–        “Normal People” star Daisy Edgar-Jones getting a well-deserved nomination — particularly pleasing due to her Emmy snub.

–        “The Mandalorian” thankfully receiving a Drama series nomination for its well-crafted second season.

Worst Snubs/Biggest Shocks

The cast of “I May Destroy You” | Photo courtesy of HBO

–        All of “Emily in Paris.” Lily Collins does her best with an awful script, but when you look at the other shows left out of the comedy categories (“What We Do in the Shadows,” “Insecure,” “Dead to Me,” etc.) the Golden Globes feels exasperating.

–        “I May Destroy You” getting completely shut out. With all the buzz and critical acclaim surrounding the show and Michaela Coel’s performance, nominations were expected. Therefore, the snub is completely baffling and incredibly frustrating.

–        In a reverse of the summer’s Emmy awards, the HFPA nominated Daisy-Edgar Jones, yet snubbed expected nominee Paul Mescal.

–        Strangely, Uzo Aduba missed out on a nomination for her Emmy-winning turn as Shirley Chisholm in FX’s “Mrs. America,” which also missed out on a Best Limited Series nomination.

–        While “Lovecraft Country” scored a Best Drama Series nomination, both its lead actors, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollet, missed nominations.

–        A Showtime series that most of us forgot even aired, “The Comey Rule,” got two acting nominations. Sure, they were for Brendan Gleeson and Jeff Daniels, but did anyone even watch “The Comey Rule,” which scored middling reviews at best?

The 78th Golden Globes will air on February 28 on NBC, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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