'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany scores Golden Globe nomination

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TORONTO - The sci-fi series "Orphan Black" is riding high on a Golden Globe nomination for star Tatiana Maslany.

Space says it's "overjoyed" for Maslany's high-profile nod, which recognizes her chameleon-like performance as an array of clones on the Toronto-set thriller.

The Regina-native will vie for the best drama actress title against Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife," Taylor Schilling of "Orange Is the New Black," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and Robin Wright of "House of Cards."

"We are overjoyed for not only Tatiana, but the entire 'Orphan Black' team," Catherine MacLeod, Bell Media's senior vice-president, specialty channels, said Thursday in a statement.

Maslany tackles multiple roles on the Space series, currently shooting its second season in Toronto.

So far, they include seven characters, among them an uptight soccer mom, a street-smart British orphan, a cornrow-headed science geek, a murderous big-haired blond and a mysterious German.

And the kudos have been numerous.

Since helming the series, Maslany has collected acting prizes including a Critics' Choice Television Award for best dramatic actress, a Television Critics Association Award for individual achievement in drama and an EWwy Award for best actress from Entertainment Weekly readers.

Most recently, she won a Young Hollywood Award for breakthrough performance - female and collected a best performance prize at the Whistler Film Festival for her upcoming feature, "Cas & Dylan," co-starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Jason Priestley.

She's also currently nominated for a People's Choice Award for favourite sci-fi/fantasy TV actress.

Bell Media notes that "Orphan Black" has made several prominent year-end Top 10 lists, including those of Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Time.

Season 2 of "Orphan Black," produced in partnership with Space and BBC America, is set to premiere April 19, 2014 on Space.

The Golden Globe Awards, administered by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, take place Jan. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The televised bash will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and airs on CTV and NBC.

HBO leads all television networks with nine Golden Globe nominations while the online streaming service Netflix snagged six nominations. Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.

Big nominees include the final season of "Breaking Bad," which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor, while Lena Dunham of "Girls" and Don Cheadle of "House of Lies" have a chance to repeat as comedy winners.

In the film categories, the historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead with seven nominations each.

Organizations: Entertainment Weekly, Bell Media, Television Critics Association BBC America Hollywood Foreign Press Association CTV

Geographic location: TORONTO, Regina, Whistler

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