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Golden Globes 2016 nominations: See this year's biggest snubs and surprises!

The 2016 Golden Globes nominees were announced Thursday morning, and this year's picks left us with many questions.

For example, we were thrilled to see Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" get a well-deserved nod, but why wasn't there any love for her Comedy Central favorite, "Inside Amy Schumer"? And why is "The Martian" classified as a comedy?

Here are the biggest snubs and surprises from this year's nominations.


Melissa McCarthy nabbed her first-ever Best Actress nomination for her lead role in the international-intrigue comedy "Spy.

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SPY - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) races to stop a deadly arms dealer - Photo Credit: Larry Horricks © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

But that was far from the only surprise in the noms.

Mark Ruffalo was expected to be nominated for his acting, and his role in "Spotlight" would have been the smart bet. However, it wouldn't have been a safe bet. Ruffalo's work in "Infinitely Polar Bear" got the nod instead.

And Sylvester Stallone's nomination for his return as Rocky Balboa in "Creed" might surprise some, but it wouldn't be a shock to anyone who's watched the champ's performance.

While there's no doubt Aziz Ansari has had us laughing since "Master of None" first debuted on Netflix, few would have expected him to get a Best Actor nod for his work in the freshman series, especially given how many buzzed-about stars seemed like locks for the category — including "Transparent's" Jeffery Tambor, who did indeed make the list alongside Ansari.

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None

And it seems clear the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — aka the folks behind the Golden Globes —have an appreciation for small-screen horror, whether it's played for laughs or chills. Or at very least they appreciate the ladies of the genre.

Jamie Lee Curtis ("Scream Queens") and Lady Gaga ("American Horror Story: Hotel") received Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama nominations, respectively.

Another surprise? The voting body behind the HFPA has a lot of love for the USA series "Mr. Robot," too, handing out nominations for the show and stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater.

Uzo Aduba's acting nom counts as a surprise, too. Not because we didn't see that coming, but we didn't see the category coming. Her nomination is in the drama list, but "Orange Is the New Black" is classified as a comedy.


But those unexpected inclusions were only half the story. Who and what didn't make the list was just as shocking.

For instance, the Best TV Comedy category not only shut out perennial favorite "Modern Family," there wasn't a single broadcast network show in the mix. All the honors went to cable or streaming programs.

But not all of the cable or streaming shows you would have thought they might go to. In addition to the aforementioned Schumer show snub, the Netflix hit "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" didn't make the comedy list.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Ellie Kemper filming Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on November 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

There was a huge omission from the Best TV Drama roundup, as "Mad Men's" final run was nowhere to be seen.

And the category just walked on by AMC's "The Walking Dead" completely.

Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

There were a couple of notable absences in the dramatic acting lists, too — namely no love for "House of Cards'" leading man Kevin Spacey or Golden Globes' frequent favorite Edie Falco, whose stunning finale season on "Nurse Jackie" seemingly made her a shoo-in.

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie (Season 7, Episode 12). - Photo: David M. Russell/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: nursjackie_712_32898.R

On the big screen, there were disappointments for Johnny Depp, whose award-buzz for "Black Mass" didn't pan out, as well as another expected contender.

Michael B. Jordan, the star of "Creed," didn't get the Rocky-worthy respect with a nomination of his own.

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Sylvester Stallone stars as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in Warner Bros. Pictures' Creed (2015)

And biographical hip-hop drama "Straight Outta Compton" was outta the mix, as well, as was exposé drama "Spotlight."