Awards shows are meant to celebrate the best in show, yet somehow there always seems to be missing contenders when nominations are announced and after Monday morning’s Golden Globes nods, we are feeling decidedly puzzled by some brazen blind spots.
While it’s no surprise that series like The Morning Show and Big Little Lies were well-represented and we were fully expecting movies like The Joker, The Irishman and JoJo Rabbit to get their just due, we were left wondering why there was no love for This Is Us, Robert De Niro or Zen-freaking-daya? Keep reading as we break down the eight most egregious Golden Globe snubs and check out the full list of nominees here.
1. One Zendaya to rule them all
If you watched Euphoria then you already know what we’re talking about. The bleak, compelling, haunting coming-of-age story features Zendaya in a breakout role, one that had audiences and critics gripped when it debuted this year thanks to honest performances and confronting storylines about addiction, anxiety, family and love. The series (which is produced by Drake, BTW) deserved at least a little bit of love for the brave way it portrayed modern adolescence. For shame, Globes voters.
2. Did no one see When They See Us or Us?
Apparently no voting Globes members bothered to watch When They See Us or Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us. The ripped-from-the headlines story When They See Us was a huge critical success, earned 16 Emmy noms and winning two, including lead actor gold for Jharrel Jerome, and dominated social media for weeks after its debut. Yet the tale seems to have been silenced at the Globes. It’s unfortunate because the film deserves as big an audience as possible and the acting is second-to-none. On the same tip, Peele’s terrifying Us, and its star Lupita Nyong’o, were shut out Monday morning. She may have just been awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle but her Golden Globes nomination, and any for the social thriller, didn’t materialize.
3. Female directors
This isn’t one snub per se, yet it also really is. Even though Hollywood seems to be doing better in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, female directors still aren’t getting the recognition they deserve when it comes to being recognized by major awards-giving bodies. This year’s Globe nominees glaringly left out Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), with the five nominees all men. Natalie Portman likely has thoughts about this ….
“And here are the all-male nominees.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2018
4. Don’t hail the chief
Speaking of wicked women, where the heck was the love for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the final season of Veep? We get that Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and all of the other female-led comedies are buzzy and all, but you don’t go from the winningest comedy actress to no nods. That’s just, in the worlds of Selina Meyer well . . . we aren’t going to repeat that here.
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5. A De Niro-free zone
Even with a stellar cast, it’s fair to say that Robert De Niro was one of biggest draws of The Irishman. It’s confusing then as to why he’s being considered a frontrunner at the Oscars in the leading role for the Martin Scorsese film, yet he didn’t even get a nomination on Monday morning. That’s what we call an Irish Car Bomb.
6. The watch has ended
Look, we can all agree that when it came to hot takes, there were some very loud voices during the final season of Game of Thrones. But we practically spit up coffee when we saw just how little love the show was given from Globes voters. Aside from a Kit Harington nod, the eerie silence of winter definitely descended on the voters, and were Dany around she’d probably have gone all dragon on those voters.
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7. This Is … the end?
If This Is Us still gives you all the feels, please raise your hand. Oh, almost everyone? Yeah that’s what we thought. The show is still doing excellent work and we really, really thought this was the year Mandy Moore would be recognized for her acting in the most recent season. Instead the entire show was shut out of everything, for the very first time in four seasons.
8. And then there was Renata
Look, we are ALL for Big Little Lies getting the love in its second season, but we’re shook that of all the amazing supporting players, only Meryl Streep got any kind of recognition. We have nothing (absolutely nothing) against Meryl, but what the heck happened to the love for Laura Dern in maybe her greatest role to date, Renata Klein? As far as we’re concerned she should have been tops in that category, not left out completely.
After all, do we really want to live in a world that ignores Renata Klein? We think not.
The Golden Globes air January 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.