Golden Globes Snubs: 32+ TV Shows and Stars Who Deserved a Nomination

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Golden Globes Snubs

This year's nominations were full of surprises, but some deserving shows and stars are always left out. Here, a look at the underdogs and perennial favorites who didn't score a nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Parks and Recreation Leslie and Ron
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Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler

NBC's beloved sitcom missed out on its last chance for Best TV Comedy honors. It's a bad year for broadcast TV at the Globes, but ignoring the show's final season -- not to mention the masterfully funny work done by star Amy Poehler -- is practically criminal.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus and Kimmy
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The Americans - Elizabeth Jennings - Keri Russell
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The Americans

FX's Cold War-era series about Russian spies is a critical favorite but hasn't garnered much awards attention, and this makes the third season without a single nod from the Globes. Which means the carefully crafted show and its leads, Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys, are left out in the cold themselves.
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The ABC sitcom is yet another broadcast comedy getting short shrift this year. The show consistently tackles topics no other shows are addressing. And its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, anchor every episode with humor and chemistry.
Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage, Lena Heady
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Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey

Dinklage took home a second Emmy for his fiery work this past season on Thrones, and Headey's Cersei took a pained, brutal walk of SHAME! [it would be great if we could work the sound effect in here] in the show's final episode that all but solidified her as a top awards contender. But not here it seems. SHAME! [Or here.]
The Leftovers - Season 2
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The Leftovers and Justin Theroux

The sophomore season of HBO's dark mystery-drama has had critics and viewers buzzing, and Theroux got to (SPOILER ALERT!) become a Jason Bourne-like assassin, get shot, die and then come back to life (not all necessarily in that order) while emoting like hell through all of those events. Sadly, however, these Leftovers weren't tasty enough for the Globes.
Fargo, Jessie Plemmons, Jean Smart
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The Entire Supporting Cast of Fargo

Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst scored rightful nominations for FX's acclaimed series, but nothing for Floyd Gerhardt or Ed Blumquist? Jean Smart and Jesse Plemons don't have the showiest roles on Fargo, but their conflicted, family-first characters are the backbone to the entire sprawling enterprise. But while we're at it, how about Bokeem Woodbine or Ted Danson or Cristin Milioti or Nick Offerman or Jeffrey Donovan? How about a new category at the Globes for Best Ensemble?
Mad Men, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss
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Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss

Don might have been the center of the AMC period drama, but Peggy and Joan were just as integral to the show's success, and the performances from Moss and Hendricks were consistently stellar. The end of its final season wasn't the series' finest, but it's hard to wrap our minds around the idea that neither took home a Globe in six seasons.
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Mom's Allison Janney

Don't feel too sorry for Janney, who's won her share of awards over the years--including this year's Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Still, her performance as a recovering alcoholic is worthy of recognition.
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House of Cards' Kevin Spacey

Another winner from last year, and Spacey even got to be the Prez this year, but there was no election for the sly dog that is Frank Underwood this year. (His costar Robin Wright, however, did get the nomination.) As Frank himself might say, "democracy is so overrated."
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Shameless' William H. Macy

Macy's wife Felicity Huffman will be attending the January ceremony for sure (she's nominated for American Crime), but despite getting some late-season attention from other TV orgs for his wild turn on Showtime's comedy series, Frank's antics just couldn't get Macy in there this time around.
Sam Heughan in Outlander

Outlander‘s Sam Heughan

The Starz time-traveling romance and lead actress Caitriona Balfe notched nominations, but Heughan will go without a trophy–even after an incredibly dark and troubling season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Andy Samberg scored a surprise Globe in 2014 for the Fox cop comedy, but for Season 3, it seems the show just couldn't get arrested. Even the show's stellar supporting cast--including Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews--came up without a collar.
The Last Man on Earth - Will Forte
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The Last Man on Earth and Will Forte

Forte's crafty series about…well, you know…has scored him lots of awards attention despite the challenges of little dialogue and long speeches to inanimate objects. But the show and its dynamic star were unfortunately marooned by the HFPA.
Fresh off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat and Constance Wu

Another family comedy from ABC left stranded despite its crowd-pleasing weekly antics. It's also hard to see Constance Wu, who owns every scene as mom Jessica, go unrecognized.
You'e The Worst
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You're the Worst

Sure, we never really believed the under-the-radar FXX comedy would make the cut. But the show, which aired its season finale the night before the nominations, has been remarkable, original and cleverly, hilariously heartbreaking this year as Gretchen (the wonderful Aya Cash) dealt with clinical depression. And that so many small shows and underdogs did make the list makes it especially sad to see it left out.
Ruth Wilson as Alison and Dominic West as Noah - The Affair
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The Affair and Ruth Wilson

Showtime’s steamy he-said-she-said-he-also-said-she-also-said drama earned top honors last year and Wilson was the best actress victor. But the HFPA seemed to be chilly toward its eventful second season. Guess adultery isn’t as tempting as it used to be.

The Good Wife
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The Good Wife and Julianna Margulies

She got a smokin' hot new love interest (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and a steely new partner (Cush Jumbo) to mingle with, but Alicia Florrick did not get her day in court this year. (Only Alan Cumming got Globes affection this year, something Eli Gold would smirk about for days.)
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American Crime's Timothy Hutton

The Globes clearly went for Crime with three nods (Limited Series, Felicity Huffman, Emmy winner Regina King), but Hutton's gut-wrenching turn as the father grieving the murder of his war vet son not making the cut was almost sadder than anything in the (tremendously sad) limited series.
Claire Danes
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Homeland's Claire Danes

Danes has had a whopper of a season this year with the espionage drama and Carrie even went completely off her meds. (Not to mention a whole lot of cry-face.) But the perennial nominee and past winner was a no-get this year. Maybe she better call Saul.
Jane the Virgin - Jaime Camil as Rogelio and Britney Spears
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Jane the Virgin‘s Jaime Camil

The supporting actor category also left comedians out, including the delightful Camil. So it seems the scene-stealing Rrrrrrrrogelio de la Vega will be relegated to watching his daughter Jane–lead actress nominee Gina Rodriguez–steal the Globes spotlight.

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The Middle's Eden Sher

The ABC sitcom isn't the type to get awards attention, but up-and-coming Eden Sher is wonderful week to week --and one to watch. The Globes supporting actress nominees skewed older and more dramatic, which didn't leave much room for quirky Sue Heck.
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