Atlanta left out of Golden Globe nominations

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Samberg and Oh have something in common - they both won Golden Globes in the first year their primetime series were eligible - Samberg in 2014 when then-freshman "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was named best comedy-musical series, and Oh in 2006 for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy". Richard Madden got a nod for his role in Bodyguard and Sandra Oh, the Canadian actress, for hers in Killing Eve.

Myriad factors are likely responsible for the Oscars' dwindling audience, but it's widely believed in industry circles that having more popular films in contention would help, providing casual viewers with a greater rooting interest that would theoretically boost tune-in.

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While some critics have taken issue with Green Book for relying on outdated racial tropes, its once flagging Oscar campaign has lately received a boost with both better ticket sales and accruing awards love. But the HFPA had a different plan for the baritone-voiced Elliott (a two-time Globes nominee), and instead, surprised with a supporting actor nomination for Sam Rockwell's turn as George W. Bush in "Vice".

Snub: Widows. While First Man did manage a few nominations in the end, Steve McQueen's elevated heist thriller was passed over completely. "Black Panther" also nabbed a Best Original Song nomination for Kendrick Lamar's "All The Stars" and Best Original Score by Ludwig Göransson. The studio behind it, A24, had a hard year in general with the Globes, securing only one nomination for Elsie Fisher's breakout performance in the coming-of-age movie "Eighth Grade". NBC has hosted the Globes broadcast for the last 23 years. Each of the shows also nabbed acting awards, leaving little room for returning nominees. Yummy true-crime and class-conflict sizzler "A Very English Scandal", which premiered in the spring, was also nominated for three awards: best limited series/TV movie, lead actor Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw for supporting actor.

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Samberg has previously hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015 and the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2013.

Whether this year will return the Globes to their more lighthearted celebrations will rest partly with its unexpected pairing of Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, who on Thursday (Friday NZT) was nominated for best actress in a TV series drama.

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The 76th Golden Globe awards are scheduled for Monday, January 7th Australian time, with the ceremony commencing at midday AEDT.

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