Golden Globes Nominations Snubs & Surprises

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In the first major awards announcement since widespread allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have swarmed Hollywood, this morning’s nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes were a wake-up call on many levels for some. Check out some of the most noteworthy names and titles passed over by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday.


VeepThe most celebrated sitcom of the past few years, HBO’s Veep was shut out of the nominations for the first time. For all its Emmy glory — three consecutive Best Comedy series trophies, and six consecutive Best Comedy series actress awards for Julia Louis Dreyfus — it has yet to win a Golden Globe. Still, this might be the biggest shock on the TV side.

Wonder WomanDespite being one of the good movies of the year and one of the highest grossing, Wonder Woman got snubbed.

Jake Gyllenhaal — His performance as Jeff Bauman in Stronger was one of the best in his career, in a film that drew raves. A testament to the grit of Bauman, who came back after having his legs blown off in the Boston Marathon bombing, the film and Gyllenhaal’s performance was ignored by HFPA.

The Meyerowitz Stories — The Noah Baumbach film got a glitzy premiere at Cannes, but nothing here. This might have everything to do with the spate of stories involving Dustin Hoffman saying gross things to young women as well as comments that came out during the torrent of testimonials in the sexual harassment scandal that turned Hollywood upside down.

Jeffrey Tambor — Scandal might well have had the same effect on Transparent and its lauded star Jeffrey Tambor, who exited in a cloud of harassment allegations. The Amazon series and its star had been Golden Globe mainstays with three consecutive nominations for Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy, including wins in both categories in 2015. Both are MIA this year.

The Americans — After finally recognizing The Americans with noms for stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys last year, the HFPA again left out the praised FX Cold War drama, which heads into a final season in which the couple’s ruse seems about to be exposed.

Get Out — The “woke” thriller was nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nom in the category. But HFPA ignored Jordan Peele’s screenplay and direction which was considered one of the great achievements of this movie year — even if it is commonplace for awards voters to sniff at genre films. Peele’s accomplishment is so much more than that; it was a zeitgeist moment, a cultural game changer.

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Wind River — Taylor Sheridan won the Director prize at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and spearheaded, along with his producers and stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, a successful move to eradicate Harvey Weinstein from a movie largely financed by Native American tribes, and dealing with the subject of rape and the exploitation of indigenous women on tribal reservations. Despite that, Sheridan’s superb script, and the rest of the film didn’t make the cut.

Kevin Bacon — Usually this column covers worthwhile films and TV shows and performances that get snubbed. Here’s one that’s the opposite, but certainly a surprise. A Golden Globe winner for TV movie Taking Chance, Bacon was a surprise nominee for Amazon’s very under-the-radar comedy series I Love Dick.

The Leftovers — the HBO series will end its run with no Golden Globe recognition as the HFPA again left it empty-handed. That includes co-star Carrie Coon who was also snubbed for her Emmy-nominated performance in Fargo.

Beauty and the Beast — Disney will have to be content with the $1.2 billion gross of its crowd-pleasing blockbuster.

Downsizing — Hong Chau was nominated in Best Supporting Actress category. But Matt Damon was in not one, but two awards season films that seemed good bets — the other being the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon. No love for either. The Alexander Payne-directed satire is about to hit theaters.

Detroit — Annapurna has made a big push on the Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama that covered a horrifying night of police brutality during the Detroit riots — but received nothing from HFPA.

Logan — Fox released the James Mangold-directed film early in the year, but Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine was universally beloved…not by the HFPA.

Lady Bird — The film earned a Best Screenplaylay nod, but Greta Gerwig did not receive one for Best Director, though Saoirse Ronan is up for Best Actress. Most importantly, the pic received a nom for Best Picture for Musical Or Comedy.

The Big Sick

The Big SickOne of the most celebrated films of the year and the biggest grossing prestige film of 2017 was completely skunked, which must have left its backers at Amazon a bit feverish.

American Gods – There’s been no shortage of drama of late behind the camera on the series based on Neil Gailman’s award-winning novel but today the Starz drama lacked the divine.

Better Things – Like Master of None, the second season of Pamela Adlon’s FX series had an homage to Italian cinema. Yes, Adlon herself got a nomination, but unlike the Netflix’s Aziz Ansari show, this Louis CK-EP’d show was tradito as they say in Italy.

Tracee Ellis Ross — First-time Golden Globe nominee and winner in January, the black-ish star was left off the list this time though the series and Ross’s co-star Anthony Anderson were recognized again.

Despicable Me 3 – Yes, the Chris Meledandri franchise is on its third flick but don’t tell me the Minions lost any of their mirth. As well as being the third highest grossing pic of the year, DM3 had a ton of fun and wit that the HFPA clearly failed to get. This is the third Best Animated Feature Film for the Steve Carell-led films, a real villainous move.

BPM in Foreign Film — Robin Campillo’s film is a strong contender for Oscar shortlist after winning the Cannes Grand Prize this year. The New York Film Critics Circle named it Best Foreign Language Film, and tied in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. It got an Independent Spirts nomination, and is on Sight & Sound’s Top 25 list of 2017 movies. The HFPA usually goes big on France, but not this time.

Murder On The Orient Express — An international-set whodunit would seem to have been catnip for the HFPA. They missed the train on this one.

War For The Planet Of The Apes — Nada.

Mudbound — Despite a couple of nominations for Mary J. Blige for Best Supporting Actress and Best Song, the Dee Rees-directed Netflix drama got stuck in the mud here.

Millie Bobby Brown & Winona Ryder– There were no noms for Stranger Things‘ Ryder, nominated last year, or breakout star Brown, though the series’ David Harbour was recognized for the first time, along with the hit show landing a second best drama series nom.

Curb Your Enthusiasm – There was no love for the return of Larry David’s HBO seriess, a best comedy Golden Globe winner in 2003, which was shut out.

Rami Malek: The two-time Golden Globe-nominated Mr. Robot star did not make the cut but his co-star and former winner Christian Slater is back as supporting actor.

Mike Fleming Jr. and Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report. 

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