Big Little Lies Raked in Golden Globe Nominations as a Limited Series Even Though It Was Renewed

HBO, Netflix and FX shows topped the nominees, while most broadcasters were shut out

This year's Golden Globe nominees included Sterling K. Brown, Rachel Brosnahan, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
Sources: NBC, Amazon, HBO

Friday’s announcement that HBO will be bringing back Big Little Lies for a second season didn’t keep the show from topping the list of TV nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globes Awards—in the limited series category.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave the show six limited series nominations in all, despite HBO’s recent decision to bring the show back for Season 2. Stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgård all received nominations for their roles, which at least Kidman and Witherspoon will reprise next year.

Feud: Bette and Joan had four nominations overall, second among TV shows, while Fargo, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us received three nominations each from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The HFPA continued its unofficial tradition of nominating a breakout female TV star from a new series; this year, it recognized Rachel Brosnahan, the star of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which only began streaming two weeks ago. Another newcomer, Frankie Shaw from Showtime’s SMILF, was also nominated.

This year’s Globe nominees for best drama series are The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things and This Is Us. Facing off as best musical or comedy series are Black-ish, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, SMILF and Will & Grace.

The limited series or motion picture made for television nominees are Big Little Lies, Fargo, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Sinner and Top of the Lake: China Girl.

HBO led the pack with 12 Globe nominations, followed by Netflix with nine and FX with eight nominations. NBC’s This Is Us and Will & Grace gave the network a total of five, tops among broadcasters. Freshman series The Good Doctor helped bring ABC to a total of three, while the other three broadcast networks—CBS, The CW and Fox—were shut out.

Longtime favorites Veep and Transparent did not receive any Globe nominations this year.

Also notably absent from the list of nominations were a pair of actors—and past winners—who have been ousted (or in Tambor’s case, potentially ousted) from their series over multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations: Jeffrey Tambor and Kevin Spacey, recent winners for their work on Transparent and House of Cards.

As is the case every year, while many in Hollywood are debating who should have been nominated and who was snubbed, ultimately the Golden Globes don’t mean much to the industry. Most of the HFPA’s 90-some members are made up of freelancers and hangers-on who seem to be dazzled by celebrity (the Los Angeles Times once called the Globes a “con on the viewing public”).

However, Hollywood plays along for one night each year, because last year’s awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, drew 20 million viewers. Seth Meyers will host this year’s ceremony, which will air Jan. 7 on NBC.

For the full list of 2017’s nominees, click here.

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