The FX reboot of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo” and HBO’s dense “True Detective” headed up the 72d Golden Globe Awards’ slate of TV nominations, with “Fargo” receiving five nods and “Detective” four.
Both “Fargo” and “True Detective” were nominated in the best TV movie or miniseries category, where they’ll go up against HBO’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” Starz’s disappearing-child drama “The Missing,” and “Olive Kitteridge,” the HBO miniseries shot on the North Shore.
“Fargo” actors Allison Tolman, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Colin Hanks are up for acting awards, as are the leading “True Detective” duo of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and their costar Michelle Monaghan.
Only one of last year’s TV-acting winners is up for an award this year: Robin Wright, who is nominated in the best dramatic actress category again for her role as the poised Claire Underwood on the political drama “House of Cards.” She’s up against Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Julianna Marguiles (“The Good Wife”), and Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”). Kevin Spacey, who plays Underwood’s husband, Frank, on “House of Cards,” is nominated for best dramatic actor, where he’ll go head-to-head with Clive Owen (“The Knick”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), James Spader (“The Blacklist”), and Dominic West (“The Affair”).
In the best comedic actor category, “Louie” creator and star Louis C.K. will go up against Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), former Globes host Ricky Gervais (“Derek”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). The nominees in the best comedic actress category are “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham, Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), and Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”).
This year’s television slate offers a glimpse at how the medium’s distribution methods have shifted in the 2010s. In the best comedic series category, only one nominee — “Jane the Virgin,” the CW’s comedy-drama about a young woman who gets pregnant despite never having sexual intercourse — appeared first on a broadcast network.
“Jane” is up against two shows on HBO (Mike Judge’s new-economy chronicle “Silicon Valley” and Lena Dunham’s coming-of-age chronicle “Girls”), one distributed via the streaming-video service Netflix (Jenji Kohan’s prison story “Orange Is the New Black”) and one distributed via the online retail behemoth Amazon (Jill Soloway’s look at transgender life “Transparent”). The latter two outlets only began working on original programming in 2012; “House of Cards,” also distributed on Netflix, is nominated in the best dramatic series category against “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Downton Abbey,” and “The Affair.”
The Golden Globes will occur on Jan. 11, 2015, and be broadcast by NBC.Maura Johnston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @maura.