The 2016 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday, and this year is shaping up to be very interesting.
Perhaps most notably, first-time actress Lady Gaga received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as The Countess on American Horror Story: Hotel. Other contenders include Kirsten Dunst for Fargo, Sarah Hay for Flesh and Bone, Felicity Huffman for American Crime, and Queen Latifah for Bessie.
Gaga’s nod comes as a surprise not only to the entertainment industry but to the singer herself, who openly admitted her shock on Twitter.
“I dreamed endlessly of being in television & film,” she continued in a written statement to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“This is a real honor for a waitress/singer/actress from New York!”
And while her appreciation is endearing, it’s safe to say that not everyone agrees with the nomination.
The New York Post’s Robert Rorke deems it “one of the awards’ all-time ridiculous ‘WTF?’ moments,” going on to describe what he paints as the Globes’ corruption:
“Gaga’s nomination, in fact, reeks of the kind of palm-greasing for which the Globes are famous: the intervention of publicists, impresarios such as Harvey Weinstein and the stars themselves, who sometimes bestow lavish gifts like watches on the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”
Indeed, one would argue that the show’s other stand-out actresses, like Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, have been snubbed by virtue of the nom; Paulson has never seen a Golden Globe nod for her five performances on AHS, nor has Rabe.
Hotel also received the nomination for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, along with American Crime, Fargo, Flesh and Bone, and Wolf Hall — another baffling decision in the eyes of some, as the show has received hefty criticism for a gratuitous, directionless storyline.
AHS fans were barraged with dark, enticing promos for months leading up to the show’s premiere, only to be smacked in the face with a distinct lack of what they were promised. In place of horror was sex; in place of character development was confusion; in place of another season of the best horror on TV, we were thrown a season rife with celebrity and sensationalism.
So while we congratulate Gaga on her nod, we feel compelled to say it: perhaps this shouldn’t have been her time.
The Golden Globes will be held January 10, 2016.