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We now live in an entertainment world in which the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” are nominated for Golden Globes for best comedy series, and not a single show from CBS, NBC or ABC made the list.

The gang at “Cheers” would have been baffled.

Watching the live stream of the Golden Globes nominations on Thursday morning, with Paula Patton, Jeremy Piven, Kate Beckinsale and Peter Krause taking turns reading the categories, a few random thoughts occurred:

• There are some 90 members in the Hollywood Foreign Press, with Germany having the largest contingent (12). You can win a Golden Globe with as few as 19 votes, meaning you could thank literally everyone who voted for you.

• I want Kate Beckinsale to be the voice of my Siri.

• If only Jeremy Piven had stepped to the microphone and said, “And now, a list of women I’ve allegedly hit on through the years.”

Excuse me for not taking the Globes TOO seriously. Yes, they’re now the second-most important movie/TV awards behind the Oscars and Emmys, respectively, and yes, the telecast is always entertaining (especially with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to host one last time).

But they’re still kind of goofy. As we remind you every year, some of the members of the HFPA aren’t even full-time journalists. (And you can Google around and find myriad stories about the Globes’ sketchy history.)

As for the nominations: Let’s be honest, you haven’t seen most of the movies most prominently mentioned, and you probably haven’t even heard of the some of the nominated TV shows. (I was barely aware of “Olive Kitteridge.” Apparently I should catch up on my “Olive Kitteridge.”)

“Birdman” led all movies with seven nominations, and deservedly so. This dark comedy by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, filmed in a way to make it seem like one continuous shot, is an exhilarating piece of work, with Michael Keaton in one of his best performances as a former action-movie hero trying to stage a comeback on the New York stage…


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