Limited series The Sinner, from USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, received two Golden Globe nominations this morning from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
This summer’s breakout hit received a nod in the "Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" category, with star and executive producer Jessica Biel receiving her first Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television."
Biel detailed how she learned of the nominations this morning -- and that she's still a little shocked by the news!
"You never think, 'Oh, yeah, my show's going to be nominated,'" Biel told EW. "There were so many amazing things and so many great, incredible actors -- like, there's no way! So you kind of go into it with this who knows? attitude, trying not to get so excited in case it doesn't come through."
The Sinner follows a young mother (Biel) who commits a startling act of violence and, to her horror, has no idea why. Bill Pullman (who, along with Biel, was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award last week) plays Detective Ambrose. He finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, launching an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” -– but the “why.”
The series, created by showrunner and executive producer Derek Simonds with Charlie Gogolak, and executive-produced by Biel and her partner Michelle Purple, debuted in August and became the number-one new cable series of 2017.
"From the very beginning, Jessica’s courage in tackling a difficult, multi-layered role about trauma, shame and sexuality -- difficult subjects to say the least -- has been unwavering," said Simonds. "She dug deep during every day of a difficult shoot, and brought all of herself to her portrayal of Cora Tannetti. She’s the best, most positive creative partner we could have hoped for. The pathos and vulnerability audiences respond to in the character of Cora -- that’s Jessica Biel's essence -- and she deserves every recognition for not only her skill, but her honesty as a performer."