Golden Globes: The surprise TV nominations we'd like to see

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When nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes are announced Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. ET, we could hear some surprises from the occasionally unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press. With that in mind, here are the nominees we’d welcome entering — or re-entering — the race.

Best Television Series — Drama: Broadcast TV has been shut out of this category for the last two years, but season 5 of CBS’ The Good Wife is so good, it deserves to break that streak. (Though it will be interesting to see if it can with both Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in the mix, FX adding The Americans to its arsenal, and Showtime showing up with Masters of Sex.)

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy: The Hollywood Foreign Press does tend to find broadcast comedies funny, but the question is, which one(s), after ABC’s Modern Family? Globes co-host Amy Poehler has two nominations for NBC’s Parks and Recreation, but the show itself has never broken into this category. How about a new unsung gem: Fox’s The Mindy Project?

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: BBC America’s Luther has earned star Idris Elba two Golden Globe nominations (last year’s resulted in a win). Maybe September’s four-night event — which scared viewers into sleeping on their sofas instead of in their beds — will push its final outing to its first nod here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Is the Hollywood Foreign Press crazy enough to nominate Gina Gershon for Lifetime’s House of Versace? (God, we hope so.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: You know you’d get a fun speech from any of the shoo-ins: Behind the Candelabra‘s Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, Parade’s End‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, Phil Spector‘s Al Pacino, and Luther‘s Elba. Imagine adding The Hollow Crown‘s Tom Hiddleston to the mix. (Here you go.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama: The HFPA isn’t afraid to go rogue in this category: See Covert Affairs‘ Piper Perabo in 2010 and Necessary Roughness‘ Callie Thorne in 2011. That gives us hope that Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, who dominated this category in our 2013 EWwys for the Emmy-snubbed with 43 percent of the vote, will get some well-deserved recognition for playing clones. And if not her, how about Orange Is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling, Masters of Sex‘s Lizzy Caplan, or The Americans‘ Keri Russell (who won a Globe for Felicity).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama: Masters of Sex‘s Michael Sheen or The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys are the wild cards we’d bet on.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy: We really just want to use this space to say it would be amazing if Amy Poehler actually won something. (But Julia Louis-Dreyfus was phenomenal in Veep‘s second season.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy: We know the Globes love his pal Ricky Gervais and that they appreciated the cringe-worthy brilliance of three-time nominee Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, so could Stephen Merchant be a surprise nominee for his heir-to-the-awkward-throne HBO comedy Hello Ladies? Not if the Globes opt for more star power with Michael J. Fox (NBC’s Michael J. Fox Show), who has eight career Globe nominations and four wins, or Robin Williams (CBS’ The Crazy Ones), whose five Globe wins include one for Mork & Mindy.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Emmy voters recognized the fierceness of Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and the Globes have given kudos to Peter Dinklage (who took home Best Actor, Drama in 2012) — but a woman from GoT has yet to be recognized by the HFPA in the acting categories. It’s been six months and we’re still traumatized by the Red Wedding episode — and that’s all about Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: The Globes like to include at least one nominee from a TV movie in this cruelly crowded category. If anyone can right the wrong that was Scott Bakula getting the supporting Emmy nod over his Behind the Candelabra co-star Rob Lowe, it should be the fun-loving Hollywood Foreign Press. Lowe has four career Globe nominations, with the last being for the The West Wing. Bakula earned a Globe for Quantum Leap, which scored him two other nominations.

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