It's always fun to snicker at those offbeat Golden Globe voters, who routinely unleash a big dose of crazy every December.
But while they can appear totally clueless at times, they are also often ahead of the pack when it comes to recognizing fresh blood. Case in point: This morning's batch of TV nominations includes a best actress nod for "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany, a powerhouse newcomer Emmy voters inexplicably failed to acknowledge back in September.
Some other snubs and surprises on the TV side of things:
1. "Homeland" strikes out. Wow. The spy series that nabbed the award for top drama the past two years was left off the ballot. It even failed to land nods for big-name cast members Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. There's no denying that "Homeland" has lost some of its creative luster, but this shutout is still stunning.
2. Other highly acclaimed dramas like "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" were also given the cold shoulder, which might be even more shocking than the "Homeland" snub. Yes, "Mad Men" is aging, but it's still one of TV's best shows. (Jon Hamm didn't even get nominated!). Meanwhile, "Thrones" is coming off its best season yet. On the plus side, though, voters recognized Showtime's hot new drama, "Masters of Sex" and the Netflix hit "House of Cards."
3. And now for a pleasant surprise: Monica Potter of "Parenthood" landed a best supporting actress nod for her heartbreaking turn as a breast cancer patient last season. Again, the Emmy voters completely blew it by failing to recognize this full-blooded performance. Good to see that the Globe voters were on the ball here.
4. A big comedy surprise was the Golden Globe love shown for the freshman show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Berkeley native Andy Samberg (best actor). A lot of critics will question this one, but I won't. "Brooklyn" has quickly established itself as one of the funniest half hours in prime time.
5. There were some real head-scratchers among the acting categories. For example, Liev Schreiber of "Ray Donovan" was honored (Really?), but not defending Emmy champ Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom." Among the women, Emmy winner Anna Gunn of "Breaking Bad" failed to earn a supporting actress nod. That one makes no sense at all.