Golden Globes snubs and surprises: Jordan Peele, ‘The Big Sick’ and more


The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were dominated by expected names like HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and Guillermo del Toro’s film “The Shape of Water.” But like every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has thrown some curveballs our way. These are the biggest snubs and surprises:

Film snubs

“Get Out” was left out of both the best screenplay and best director categories, though it did land a nod for best comedy film. Jordan Peele’s buzzed-about directorial debut had already generated some Golden Globe controversy after it was announced the satirical horror film would compete as a comedy. Given the film’s incisive commentary on racism, many felt the film was worthy of recognition beyond that (or perhaps any existing) genre. “‘Get Out’ is a documentary,” the director declared in a wry tweet last month. The film is still a strong contender for best screenplay at the Academy Awards, which offer 10 nominations slots (across two categories, adapted and original) instead of five.

Greta Gerwig was also left off the best director list, though her acclaimed dramedy “Lady Bird” did make the cut for best comedy film and her screenplay. Gerwig and Peele would have added some excitement to the best director category, which has historically been dominated by white men. Barbra Streisand is the only woman to have won best director at the ceremony, which celebrates its 75th anniversary next year. No black director has ever taken home the honor, though Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) have been nominated in recent years.

Kumail Nanjiani’s well-reviewed romantic comedy “The Big Sick” earned zero nominations.

Netflix’s “Mudbound” was shut out of the best picture category, though Mary J. Blige did land a best supporting actress nod. Perhaps the HFPA isn’t quite ready to recognize films produced by streaming networks?

If you loved this summer’s box-office smash “Girls Trip,” you’ll probably agree that breakout star Tiffany Haddish was snubbed from the best supporting actress category, though the list heavily favors dramas.

Film surprises

Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” earned three nominations, including one for best director. The drama, about the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old J. Paul Getty III, originally starred Kevin Spacey as billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Last month, Spacey was removed from the project following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Veteran actor Christopher Plummer took on the elder Getty role and, despite having reshot scenes in the span of a month, landed a best supporting actor nomination.

“The Boss Baby,” which featured Alec Baldwin voicing a petulant, infant businessman, was a surprise nomination in the best animated feature film category, which overlooked one of this year’s critical darlings, “The Lego Batman Movie.”

TV snubs

Amazon’s “Transparent” and HBO’s “Veep” were noticeably absent from the top categories this year. “Transparent” accolades certainly would have been tricky to navigate in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against actor Jeffrey Tambor. The actor appeared to announce his departure from the show last month, but The New York Times reported last week that Tambor may return to the dramedy after all. “Veep” has long been a HFPA favorite, but was edged out this year by two surprising newcomers. …

TV surprises

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” earned a nod for best TV comedy, as well as a best actress nomination for Rachel Brosnahan. Amazon’s delightful new comedy — about a housewife-turned-aspiring comedian in 1950s New York — has been getting favorable reviews, but it’s still surprising to see it here since the show has been streaming for less than two weeks.

Showtime’s “SMILF” also landed in the best TV comedy category, with creator-writer-director Frankie Shaw earning a best actress nod.

Jessica Biel, who led USA’s suspenseful limited series “The Sinner,” earned a best actress nod, putting her up against “Big Little Lies” stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, as well as “Feud’s” Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. The show also got a best limited series nod.

It’s also pretty shocking to see newcomer Katherine Langford, the star of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” in the best actress category alongside prestigious drama stars including Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and “The Crown’s” Claire Foy. “13 Reasons Why” certainly got people talking earlier this year, but the drama was controversial because of its graphic depiction of suicide.



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