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Golden Globes: Who got snubbed?

December 15, 2011 | 10:16 am

Steve Carell

Geesh! Guess being the the world's best boss just doesn't mean anything anymore. The nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning, and we couldn't help but notice Steve Carell was missing from the list of lead actors in a comedy category. It was Carell's last shot to be recognized for his role as Michael Scott, the goofball boss on NBC's "The Office"; he left the series last season.

And getting nudged out of the drama category was Showtime's "Dexter" and critically acclaimed series "Breaking Bad." Instead, Ryan Murphy's serial horror-drama "American Horror Story" nabbed a slot in the drama category.

"I was very surprised," said "American Horror Story" co-creator Brad Falchuk. "When was the last time you saw a horror show on TV? When you do something like this, you're taking a big risk. We didn't know if people would embrace it."

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The freshman series joins fellow cable newbies "Homeland"  and "Boss" in the drama category that will have them compete against HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." That said, in a more general view, broadcast networks got snubbed in the drama category all together.

But they had a better turnout in the comedy or musical series category, with nods going to Fox's "Glee," which has experienced a ratings drop-off this season, and ABC's "Modern Family." Newcomer "New Girl," also on Fox, also helped represent — though, it seemed it would be at the expense of "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock."

Over on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," Johnny Galecki became a first-time nominee over costar Jim Parsons, who is an Emmy darling these days.

In the actress in a drama category, things got campy with the inclusion of Madeleine Stowe, who stars in ABC's soap "Revenge." Another unusual nominee was Callie Thorne, who appears in USA network's "Necessary Roughness." They'll compete against Claire Danes ('Homeland"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") and Mireille Enos ("The Killing").

And we can't help but wonder why the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., given their clear admiration for "Homeland," didn't think to give a nomination to Mandy Patinkin. Maybe next year?


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 — Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Steve Carell as Michael Scott in "The Office." Credit: NBC.