HBO’s “Westworld,” which is filmed in Santa Clarita, was nominated for three Golden Globes Awards Monday, including a nod for best dramatic television series.The next day, the show was nominated for two SAG Awards, presented by the Screen Actors Guild.
The show, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is set in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park where wealthy guests (newcomers) can have their way without consequence with characters played by androids (hosts) The first episode in October had the highest ratings of any HBO debut since “True Detective” in 2014.
Also nominated for best drama are “The Crown” on Netflix, “Game of Thrones” on HBO, “Stranger Things” on Netflix, and the only nominee aired on a broadcast network, “This Is Us” on NBC.
“Westworld” was nominated for a SAG Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. Also nominated were “The Crown,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Stranger Things.” The SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS.
Evan Rachel Wood received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a TV drama for her work as Dolores Abernathy, the oldest host. It is her third nomination. Also nominated were Caitriona Balfe in “Outlander,” Claire Foy in “The Crown,” Keri Russell in “The Americans,” and Winona Ryder in “Stranger Things.”
Thandie Newton, who plays Maeve Millay, a host and madam, received her first Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television, along with Olivia Colman in “The Night Manager,” Lena Headey in “Game of Thrones,” and Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore in “This Is Us.” Newton was also nominated for a SAG Award as best female actor in a television drama series.
The two nominated actors were among seven HBO submitted to the Golden Globes for consideration, along with Anthony Hopkins for best TV drama actor, and Ed Harris, James Marsden, Jimmi Simpson, and Jeffrey Wright as best TV drama supporting actor.
The three nominations were among 14 for HBO, the most of any television outlet. The only television productions to receive more nominations than “Westworld” were “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “The Night Manager.”
“Westworld” is a production of HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros., and is produced by Nolan (who directed the pilot), Joy, J.J. Abrams, the late Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. The 74th Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented Jan. 8 on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting.