Golden Globes Nominations: Surprises, Snubs and Take Aways

'12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' dominate the categories.

Actor Aziz Ansari announces nominations at the 71th Annual Golden Globes Awards nominations event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Dec. 12, 2013.
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The Foreign Press is embracing new TV, but are they honoring the right shows? The Golden Globes are taking a chance on some new television shows, at the cost of shutting out some old show ponies. The two nods given to "Masters of Sex" seem appropriate, given the critical acclaim the show has received (though if Michael Sheen deserves a nomination for his icy performance, so to do the show's fantastic female stars). But "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" for best comedy over the brilliant second season of "Veep"? And the Golden Globes, like the Emmys, overlooked "The Americans" -- a worthy new show and one of the best dramas on television.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association plays fast and loose with its definition of "comedy" for film, but that's OK: Most of the films being considered in the musical/comedy category at best straddle the line between drama and comedy (we'll give that "Inside Llewyn Davis" at least also has music). But with so many great films this year maybe it's for the best that the Oscar frontrunners are given some extra space, making some room for this year's smaller films like "Nebraska" and "Philomena" to get some much deserved attention.

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