While “Queen’s Gambit”, “The Crown”, “Schitt’s Creek” and “Ted Lasso” will face off at the Golden Globes ceremony on February 28th, there are a few films and actors who haven’t been on Wednesday’s nomination list.
Then there were the actors, TV shows and movies that no one expected to see in the ballot.
The nominees for the 78th Golden Globes highlight some of the most popular TV shows and movies people have watched during the ongoing pandemic, including old favorites like “Ozark” and “Better Call Saul” and new obsessions like “The Mandalorian “and” Lovecraft Country. “
Here are 15 of the most surprising nominations and the biggest snobs.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this year’s full list of Golden Globe nominees, you can do so here.
Snub: “From 5 Bloods”
Ahead of the nominations, Spike Lee’s “From 5 Bloods” was expected to garner a number of nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Director. However, the Vietnam War drama was closed.
Many were surprised considering Lee’s film won several key critics’ awards, including Best Picture by the National Board Review and being selected as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year by the AFI.
Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chadwick Boseman star in “From 5 Bloods”.
Surprise: nominate 3 directors
The Hollywood Foreign Press made history Wednesday when it named three women in the Best Director category. This is the first time that more than one woman has been awarded in the category in a year.
Regina King was nominated for “One Night in Miami”, Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman”.
Golden Globe Nominees for Best Director: Chloe Zhao (left), Emerald Fennell (left) and Regina King
Snub: “A Night in Miami”
King’s directorial debut earned her a Golden Globes nomination, but “One Night in Miami” was denied the Best Picture Award in the drama category.
The film, which follows Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X as they meet one February night in Miami and discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.
“One Night in Miami” earned nominations for Best Original Song and Best Supporting Actor for Leslie Odom Jr., who played Cooke. However, many expected the film to get a Best Picture nomination and a best script nod for Kemp Powers, who also co-wrote and co-directed the Pixar film “Soul.”
Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. star in “A Night in Miami”.
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Surprise: James Corden, “The Prom”
Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Broadway cult hit “The Prom” received mediocre reviews from critics and fans, earning a 56% “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes from professional reviewers and an audience score of 65%.
So, it came as a surprise when the film was not only nominated for Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy category, but actor James Corden secured a Best Actor nomination.
When the film came out on Netflix in December, Murphy and Corden received backlash for the latter’s “stereotypical” portrayal of Barry Glickman, a gay man and Broadway star, who travels to a small town to help a student. lesbian who was banned from attending prom with her girlfriend.
Meryl Streep and James Corden perform on Netflix’s “The Prom”.
Prior to the nomination announcement, the Hollywood Foreign Press had been criticized for its eligibility requirements for films like “Minari”. Despite being an American production, “Minari” could not qualify for Best Picture as part of the drama or musical / comedy categories.
Golden Globe guidelines do not allow a non-English language film to be nominated in such categories. Since most of “Minari” is in Korean, it could only be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
Although the film got a nod in that category, it was the only nomination it received. Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-Jung, who had critically acclaimed performances in the film, were not taken into consideration.
Surprise: Kate Hudson, ‘Music’
Although “Music,” a film written and directed by Sia, was not released, that didn’t stop the association from naming actress Kate Hudson based on early screeners and reviews.
Hudson’s inclusion, regardless of tenure, is jarring considering the buzz from other performances and films that had been released more widely. Above all, considering how little received “Music” has been not only for its history, but also for the use of a neurotypical actor in the role of a non-verbal autistic girl. It holds a “Rotten” rating of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes from seven reviews.
Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler star in “Music”.
Snub: Black Driven Dramas
It’s been a great year for black ensemble films. “A Night in Miami”, “From 5 Bloods”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” stunned the critics. However, none of these films have been nominated for Best Picture or Best Screenplay.
As previously mentioned, King secured a directing nod for “One Night in Miami,” along with two other nominations for the film. “From 5 Bloods” was excluded.
“But Rainey’s Black Bottom” earned nominations as an actor for Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman and “Judas and the Black Messiah” earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor and one for Best Song.
Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
There is no denying that “Hamilton” is a cultural phenomenon and was worthy of its accolades, however, many were surprised when the film earned a Best Picture and a Best Actor nomination. After all, it’s a surprise that the film qualified in the first place considering it’s a filmed version of a play.
Apparently, there are no rules that say that a filmed play is ineligible. The film only needs to be “a comedy or drama in which songs are used in addition to spoken dialogue to further the plot” to qualify for the Best Musical or Comedy Film category.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in “Hamilton”, got the only nomination as an actor.
Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (L) and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) and the cast of “Hamilton” perform on stage during the “Hamilton” GRAMMY performance for the 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City.
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Snub: “Dead to me”
While the second season of “Dead to Me” garnered Emmy nominations for Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, as well as the chance for Best Comedy Series, the Netflix series was excluded from the ballot.
It looks like the Golden Globes have been looking at new comedy series this year. “Schitt’s Creek” was the only show not nominated in its first season. “Emily in Paris”, “The Flight Attendant”, “The Great” and “Ted Lasso” are all newly minted series.
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in Netflix’s “Dead to Me”.
Surprise: Al Pacino, ‘Hunters’
Oscar winner Al Pacino returned to TV this year in Amazon Prime Video’s Nazi-killing drama, “Hunters,” but the actor and show failed to get nominated in the main categories at the 2020 Emmy Awards. This led many to believe he would be banned from the Golden Globes as well.
However, Pacino secured the only nomination for the series, as Best Actor.
Al Pacino and Logan Lerman star in “Hunters” on Amazon Prime Video.
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Snub: “What we do in the shadows”
The cult FX series adaptation of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary garnered eight Emmy nominations, including a stunning comedy series, but won at the Golden Globes.
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou star in the FX show “What We Do In The Shadows”.
Surprise: Jared Leto, ‘The Little Things’
Considering that “The Little Things” just came out on HBO Max over the weekend, it’s quite a surprise that Jared Leto got a nomination.
The film, which co-stars Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, was not supposed to be an award-winning film, leaving many confused about Leto’s inclusion on the ballot. Some have suggested that Leto’s place could have been given to Paul Raci of “Sound of Metal” or to make Boseman a double candidate for his role in “From 5 Bloods”.
Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in “The Little Things”.
Snub: Uzo Aduba, ‘Mrs. America’
Uzo Aduba may have won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture for her role in “Mrs. America ”, but this did not guarantee her a place in the Golden Globes ballot.
Instead, only star Cate Blanchett was nominated for the series, leaving Aduba empty-handed and critics confused.
Uzo Aduba stars in “Mrs. America ”on Hulu.
Surprise: “Zoey’s Amazing Playlist”
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” was overlooked for the Emmy contention last year, except for a nomination for Best Choreography, but that didn’t stop star Jane Levy from earning a Golden Globe nomination.
However, the NBC drama musical didn’t get a Best Comedy nomination.
Jane Levy stars in “Zoey’s Amazing Playlist”.
Snub: Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”
HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” earned a well-deserved Best Drama Series nomination, but failed to vouch for any of its actors. Co-stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett were praised for their performances, but came out empty-handed.
Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Michael Kenneth Williams star in “Lovecraft Country”.
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