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‘Wire’ fan alert: Idris Elba and Dominic West receive Golden Globe nominations

Idris Elba, Golden Globe nominee. (Bill O'Leary/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Fans of the greatest Baltimore-set TV show ever made (sorry, “Homicide”) may be slightly less happy to hear that their recognition has nothing to do with their work on “The Wire.”

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Discuss the Globes with Jen Chaney at 2 p.m. ET

West, opposite Bel Rowley, on “The Hour.” ( © Kudos Film & Television Ltd)

This was Elba’s second nomination (he also got one last year for “Luther”) and West’s first. During their five seasons on HBO’s “The Wire” neither one of them earned a nomination. In fact, the show was never honored in any fashion by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

But instead of getting fired up about that, let’s celebrate this victory. I mean ... Stringer Bell! McNulty! In the same category! (Look, “Wire” loyalists, we have to claim our victories where we can, especially since the show went off the air almost four years ago.)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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