American-Horror-Story-Connie-Britton-Dylan-McDermott.jpgWhile there were plenty of predictable (and deserved) nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association surprised us in many ways.

The film categories contained the fewest surprises, with presumed Oscar frontrunners like “The Descendants” and “The Artist” bringing home multiple nominations. But there were a few surprises.

Steven Spielberg getting passed over for his by-all-accounts-sublime “War Horse” in the directing category was a bit of a shock, as was Melissa McCarthy‘s snub for her scene-stealing performance in “Bridesmaids.” It wasn’t all bad, though, as we were pleasantly surprised to see movies like “50/50” and “Midnight in Paris” get their well-deserved due. (But where oh where are the original songs from “The Muppets”?)

The TV categories were much crazier, with FX’s “American Horror Story” getting a Best Drama Series nomination over quality shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Good Wife.” “Episodes” and “Enlightened” surprised in the comedy category too.

Callie Thorne took this year’s slot seemingly reserved for actresses playing strong but conflicted women in USA series for “Necessary Roughness” (Piper Perabo earned that honor last year for “Covert Affairs”). Not that Thorne isn’t excellent in that show, but there are plenty of other drama actresses we expected to see nominated before her.

The supporting actor and actress categories are always crazy, especially since the HFPA groups together miniseries, drama and comedy. That means Sofia Vergara and Maggie Smith are nominated in the same category, and Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen were shut out completely.

We were also surprised that Jim Parsons was looked over for his performance on “Big Bang Theory,” though Johnny Galecki‘s nomination was a nice surprise.

Your turn: What were the most surprising nominations and the most frustrating snubs?

Posted by:Jean Bentley