The names TV fans didn't expect to hear – and the ones they did that went unheard

By Lanford Beard
Updated December 10, 2015 10:30 AM
Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Laverne, surely? And what about Amy? And Kevin? And Tatiana?

After a snub at Thursday’s SAG Awards nominations, Laverne Cox once again did not hear her name called during the 2016 Golden Globes nominations.

But Cox was among many expected TV stars who didn’t get recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when nods were announced on Thursday morning – including several of last year’s winners. Read on for some of the 2016 Golden Globes’ biggest snubs and surprises.

Snub: Comedy Queens

In the comedy/musical race for leading actress, last year’s host Amy Poehler was noticeably neglected by the HFPA for her final turn as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation (which, itself, was totally shut out on Thursday morning). And Ryan Murphy‘s clout (which has historically benefited American Horror Story in the miniseries categories) helped Scream Queens‘ delicious dastardly [LINK shut down SAG nominee Ellie Kemper‘s hopes for a Golden Globes victory.

In the supporting category, Cox – whose Orange Is the New Black cast mate Uzo Aduba earned her second consecutive nomination – didn’t get any recognition despite blazing trails for transgender actors both on screen and on the awards circuit.

Surprise: Non-Traditional and Emergent Networks

Amazon, Hulu and Starz have a lot to brag about this year, with unexpected nominations both in the series and actor categories. Hulu’s Casual scored a musical/comedy nod, and Amazon – whose Transparent scored a series win and a trophy for star Jeffrey Tambor last year – continues to ascend as with comedy/musical nods for Mozart in the Jungle and the show’s star Gael Garcéa Bernal.

For its part, Starz got three drama nods for its cult-favorite time-traveling series Outlander and its leading actress Caitriona Balfe and dual role-playing supporting actor Tobias Menzies. Critically acclaimed ballet drama Flesh and Bone earned both a series nomination and a nod for star Sarah Hay, and the network’s wildly inappropriately newsroom comedy Blunt Talk garnered a nod for beloved star Sir Patrick Stewart.

Snub: Drama Divas

Where’d you go, Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies? Despite previous six nominations (including one win) for Margulies on The Good Wife and Danes’ two wins (and a 2015 nomination” “” “” “0” ] for Homeland, neither lady was among the drama nominees. Nor was last year’s winner in the category Ruth Wilson, whose HBO series was shut for top drama honors in spite of its own series win in 2015.

Mixed Bag: Netflix

House of Cards dominated the nominations last year, and wins eventually came for both the series as a whole and star Kevin Spacey. This year, only leading lady (and 2014 winner) Robin Wright will have a chance to take home gold.

A hint of silver lining: Cards was edged out of the drama series and leading actor categories because fellow Netflix show Narcos and Wagner Moura, who plays Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, scored surprise nominations. And, in the comedy/musical category, Aziz Ansari received a nomination for his starring role in Master of None.

(Semi-)Surprise: Lady Gaga

We say “semi” because of that aforementioned Ryan Murphy influence, which has led to several of his stars snagging both nods and actual hardware (see: Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, for starters). Still, Gaga‘s nomination for her first major TV role is somewhat unexpected – and no doubt thrilling for her throng of Little Monsters.

Snub: Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black‘s Clone Club rejoiced this past summer when Maslany finally got an Emmy nod for her performance as up to a dozen clones on BBC America’s sci-fi drama, but a trendsetting 2014 Globes nod will have to continue to suffice for Maslany and her fans.

Surprise: Mr. Robot

Sci-fi didn’t get completely dismissed, though. The USA Network series knocked out several likely suspects for a drama series nomination, and it also earned hat tips for its star Rami Malek (also a surprise SAG nominee) and supporting actor Christian Slater.

Mixed Bag: Amy Schumer

Though Schumer did well in the movie categories, earning two nominations for Trainwreck, her career-launching Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer was left, well, outside in both the series and acting categories.

Snub: Jim Parsons

Parsons is more of a powerhouse at the Emmys (where he’s won four times), but with a first-time Emmy snub this fall and a two-year gap since his last Globes nomination, it seems like what was once a Big Bang of a performance might be receding to a whimper.

Snub: Peter Dinklage

Another power player at the Emmys who rarely gets Globes love, Dinklage hasn’t earned a nod at this particular ceremony since 2012. As another winter comes for Game of Thrones, whose sole nod came in the best drama series race, Dinklage and his costars – including Lena Headey, whose Cersei Lannister endured utter humiliation this past season – were uniformly left out in the cold.

Surprise: Rachel Bloom

Could she be this year’s Gina Rodriguez-style dark horse? Well, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s singing-dancing-stalking heroine will have to beat out her trailblazing CW sister, who won the network’s first-ever Globe last year. With her utterly quirky (and charming!) leading turn, Bloom seems to embody the spirit of the Globes’ comedy/musical category.

Side note: The leading actress, comedy/musical, category is set to be a seriously adorable race. For starters, witness Rodriguez’s response to her nod – “Today two fantastic things happened. My work on Jane [the Virgin] was recognized and celebrated by some of my favorite people for a second year. And my student loans from the university that taught me to act were paid off. Education works, how serendipitous.”

Mixed Bag: Nicole Kidman

After a surprise nod for Kidman‘s Grace of Monaco – which was scaled down from a theatrical release to a Lifetime debut – at Wednesday’s SAG noms, a matching Globes nom seemed within reach for the Aussie A-lister. She has 10 previous Globes nods to her name (including one for 2012’s HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn), so it’s clear she’s the kind of high-wattage actress the HFPA likes to invite to the party. But, unless Kidman is tapped to present, it looks like she’ll be watching from home in 2016.

The 73rd annual Golden Globes Awards will be broadcast live Jan. 10 on NBC.