Snubs, Surprises, and More Snubs from the 69th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

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Katey Sagal just might possibly be the best actress to every appear on television.
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Katey Sagal just might possibly be the best actress to every appear on television.

Wow. Three letters sum up the final list of nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards released Thursday morning.

Anyone familiar with the ceremony or its voting members knows that the Globes are unpredictable, fickle, and at all times, wow-worthy. With the fresh list of contenders vying for top honors at January's awards ceremony, it's the absence of past winners and perennial favorites that's causing the most chatter.

Did Katey Sagal and Michael C. Hall's nominations get buried with one of the myriad of characters killed off on their series?

On first glance of the list of actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Drama, one might think, "Good for them; look at all the new faces in the category"; on closer examination, you'll notice there is only one nominee returning from last year's pool (Julianna Marguiles for "The Good Wife") and four nominees from first year series (Mireille Enos for "The Killing", Madeleine Stowe for "Revenge", Callie Thorne for "Necessary Roughness", and last year's winner of Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, "Homeland" star Claire Danes). Missing are Kyra Sedgwick for the last season of "The Closer" and last year's winner Katey Sagal of "Sons of Anarchy", neither of whom gave any less stellar performances than last season and, in the case of motorcycle club matriarch Sagal, just absolutely stole the show all season long.

The snubbed actresses look no further for comfort than their looked over cohorts in the Best Actor in a Drama category. Once again proving that their attention span rivals that of an ADD-addled fourth grader, the Hollywood Foreign Press welcomed back only two of last year's nominees (Bryan Cranston with the only nomination for "Breaking Bad" and last year's winner, Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire") into this year's group of noobs (Kelsey Grammar for "Boss", Damian Lewis for "Homeland", and Jeremy Irons for "The Borgias"). Glaringly absent is "House" curmudgeon Hugh Laurie, high school football coach Kyle Chandler of Emmy winner "Friday Night Lights", and everyone's favorite serial killer Michael C. Hall of "Dexter".

In case you were wondering, there's no fit to be pitched over the absence of members of the "Mad Men" cast because they weren't eligible for nomination this year.

Yes, the snubs are awful, but look on the bright side…

Adorkable Zooey Deschanel is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy! The amazingly talented singer/actress is going to get the chance to hold her own against the big dogs (Laura Dern, Tina Fey, Laura Linney, and Amy Poehler) without the threat of Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy to hamper her chances of walking away with a statue and a super-nerdy grin.

While we're cheering for actors who were born to play their roles, let's give some love to sex-addicted Hank Moody (David Duchovny of "Californication") who scores his fourth straight nomination for the 69th (it's juvenile, but HILARIOUS) annual awards.

Last, in a year of weird nominations, let's thank the HFPA for a very sensible group of nominees in the Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy category. Sure, you left out "The Hangover Part 2" and "The Muppets" (not even a song nomination for Jason Segel; c'mon!), but there was no crazy weird nomination a la "The Tourist".

Days until the 69th Annual Golden Globe Award: 31 and counting…

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