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From left, Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde announce the nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Thursday in Beverly Hills.

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From left, Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde announce the nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Thursday in Beverly Hills.

NEW YORK -- HBO led all television networks with nine Golden Globe nominations on Thursday while Netflix, which didn't exist as an original programming source until February, snagged six nominations -- more than stalwarts ABC, CBS and NBC.

Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.

The Golden Globes set up a potential victory lap for the well-regarded final season of Breaking Bad, which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor. After sweeping the drama awards earlier this year, Showtime's Homeland was shut out for the major awards.

High-profile actors in HBO movies about music figures earned some notice from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were both nominated for best TV movie actor for their roles in Behind the Candelabra, and Rob Lowe had a supporting actor nod. Al Pacino earned an acting nomination for playing music producer Phil Spector in an HBO film.

Netflix's political series House of Cards earned a nomination for best TV drama, while Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were nominated for their acting in the series. With the release of its inaugural season in February, House of Cards represented Netflix's first foray into TV programming.

Another Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, earned Taylor Schilling a nomination for best drama actress. Finally, Jason Bateman earned a comedy nomination for the Netflix remake of Arrested Development.

Starz often finds its original programming overlooked, but broke through this year with its films Dancing on the Edge and White Queen. Sundance Channel got two nominations for Top of the Lake.

Don Cheadle of House of Lies will try for a second straight Golden Globe as a TV comedy actor, competing with Bateman, Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and Andy Samberg of Brooklyn Nine Nine. Sentimental favourite Michael J. Fox, whose NBC show hasn't been doing well in the ratings, earned an acting nomination for his work.

The best showing for the commercial broadcast networks, which were completely shut out of the awards given out earlier this year, came in the best comedy category. There, CBS's The Big Bang Theory, ABC's Modern Family, NBC's Parks and Recreation and Fox's Brooklyn Nine Nine will compete with last year's winner, HBO's Girls.

Zooey Deschanel of Fox's New Girl was nominated for best actress in a comedy, along with last year's winner, Lena Dunham of Girls. Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep were also nominated, along with Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation, who is co-hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey.

Louis-Dreyfus actually earned two nominations -- one for Veep and one for best actress in a movie comedy for Enough Said.

"Does this mean I need two dresses?" the actress quipped.

Sofia Vergara earned her fourth straight Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role in Modern Family. She is hoping for her first win.

PBS's Downton Abbey joins Breaking Bad and House of Cards as best drama nominees, along with CBS's The Good Wife and Showtime's new Masters of Sex.

Cranston and Spacey will compete for best drama actor with James Spader, whose NBC series The Blacklist has been a hit in its rookie season. Michael Sheen of Masters of Sex and Liev Schreiber of Ray Donovan also earned acting nods.

The best drama actress category sets up a competition between two big network shows -- Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife and Kerry Washington of Scandal -- with the Netflix stars Schilling and Wright, and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black.

Downton Abbey creator, writer and producer Julian Fellowes was already looking forward to the Jan. 12 Globes ceremony.

"The Globes are pretty lively because everyone is sitting at tables and having a fairly convivial time of it. Actually, the whole thing is a really jolly evening. I wouldn't change anything because I think these kinds of award evenings, America does better than anyone," he said. "They're just so much jollier than they are back at home."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2013 D3

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