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Golden Globes 2014: House of Cards and Behind the Candelabra lead TV nominees

Behind The Candelabra

Story by Jack Foley

NETFLIX drama House of Cards and HBO’s Behind The Candelabra lead the TV nominees at this year’s Golden Globes with four nods apiece.

The latter film, a biopic on Liberace directed by Steven Soderbergh, qualified for the TV awards because it could not find a distributor in the US willing to release it in cinemas, thereby also depriving its stars – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon – of an Oscar shot.

Both men were shortlisted in the best actor in a mini-series or TV movie category.

For House of Cards, meanwhile, Old Vic curator Kevin Spacey and his co-star Robin Wright were shortlisted as best actor and actress in a TV series. The show is a remake of the BBC TV series and marked one of Netflix’s first original pieces of content.

Netflix, making its debut as a TV production company, also received nominations for its revival of Arrested Development as well as blackly comic prison drama Orange is the New Black (which also featured prominently among the recent SAG nominations).

British period drama Downton Abbey is shortlisted against House of Cards in the best TV drama series, along with cult favourite Breaking Bad, legal drama The Good Wife and the Michael Sheen starrer Masters of Sex.

Indeed, Sheen’s performance in Masters Of Sex is also shortlisted for best actor in a TV drama series, along with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Spader (The Blacklist), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Spacey.

While other British nods came for Helena Bonham Carter for the one-off TV movie Burton and Taylor, Helen Mirren for her role in Phil Spector alongside Al Pacino (who was also nominated) and Janet McTeer in The White Queen.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba will also compete against each other in two categories: as best actor in a TV movie or mini-series for, respectively, Dancing On The Edge and Luther, and for Twelve Years A Slave and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in the film categories.

Two further BBC-backed productions, Dancing on the Edge and Top of the Lake, were shortlisted in the best mini-series or TV film category along with The White Queen, Behind The Candelabra and American Horror Story: Coven.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the award ceremony, which takes place on January 12, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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TV nominees at a glance:

Best TV series, Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan