BBC AMERICA’s ‘The Hour’ Nabs Golden Globe Nod; Cumberbatch in for ‘Sherlock’

Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, and Romola Garai return to BBC America’s ‘The Hour’

BBC AMERICA’s critically acclaimed miniseries The Hour will compete for the Best Mini-Series or TV Movie Golden Globe, it was announced this morning. And Benedict Cumberbatch, denied a seat at the table last year, has been nominated for his well-respected work as the titular character in Sherlock. Maggie Smith is a double nominee, and Adele has an opportunity to add to her trophy collection with a win for her “Skyfall” theme. All in all, we’re looking at a fascinating list of nominees, with some U.K. favorites in the mix.

British nominees did particularly well in certain categories, particularly in the Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical field, where the little-seen rom-com Salmon Fishing in the Yemen appeared out of nowhere to be a leading contender. The picture itself was nominated alongside stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel also scored nominations in the movie musical/comedy category, with leading lady Dame Judi Dench earning a nod for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. She competes against her Marigold co-star Maggie Smith, who is nominated for Quartet. (Smith, naturally, is also competing in the TV field as a supporting actress in Downton Abbey). The Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical roundup features three Brits — Blunt, Dench, and Smith — up against Silver Lining Playbook‘s Jennifer Lawrence and Hope SpringsMeryl Streep.

The biggest snub of the year? Tom Hooper, a past nominee for The King’s Speech, did not break into the Best Director category for the much-talked-about musical Les Miserables. (Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee, Lincoln‘s Steven Spielberg, and Django Unchained‘s Quentin Tarantino made the cut.)

In the TV world, Cumberbatch leads a very British collection of nominees for Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie, with The Girl‘s Toby Jones and Hemingway and Gellhorn‘s Clive Owen also vying for the award. Toby Jones’ The Girl co-star Sienna Miller is also nominated.

Meanwhile, Downton Abbey is nominated for Best Drama, with Smith and Michelle Dockery picking up acting nods.

Rachel Weisz has been shortlisted in the Best Actress in a Drama category for her beloved work in The Deep Blue Sea, which could help earn her some traction in the Oscar race.

The Golden Globes air Sunday, January 13 on NBC, with competing Comedy Actress nominees Tina Fey and Amy Poehler replacing Ricky Gervais as host.

Here’s the list of nominees, which is currently updating:

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor (Drama)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)
Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)

Best Actress (Drama)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)

Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Maggie Smith (Quartet)
Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

Best Director
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (The Master)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
A Royal Affair
The Intouchables
Rust and Bone
Kon-Tiki

Best Screenplay
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Chris Terrio (Argo)

Best Original Score
Life of Pi
Argo
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Lincoln

Best Original Song
‘For You’ (Act of Valor)
‘Not Running Anymore’ (Stand Up Guys)
‘Safe and Sound’ (The Hunger Games)
‘Skyfall’ (Skyfall)
‘Suddenly’ (Les Miserables)

Best Animated Feature Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
Rise of the Guardians
Hotel Transylvania
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best Drama
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

Best Actress (Drama)
Connie Britton (Nashville)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Best Actor (Drama)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damien Lewis (Homeland)

Best Actress (Comedy)
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Best Actor (Comedy)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Louie C.K. (Louie)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Supporting Actor
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Ed Harris (Game Change)
Danny Huston (Magic City)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Supporting Actress
Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Sarah Paulson (Game Change)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

TV Movie or Miniseries
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields and McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Actor (Mini-Series/TV Movie)
Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Woody Harrelson (Game Change)
Toby Jones (The Girl)
Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gellhorn)

Actress (Mini-Series/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gellhorn)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Sienna Miller (The Girl)
Julianne Moore (Game Change)
Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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