It’s that time of year again. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards and as usual, there were some surprises. Not that we think we know better than the HFPA, but we have some opinions we need to share.
Let’s break it down:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Mad Max: Fury Road
BIGGEST SNUB: Bridge of Spies. It’s a Spielberg movie with Tom Hanks, for goodness sakes. How did that get omitted?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Nothing against Mad Max, but Trumbo, Creed or Beasts of No Nation could have easily lit this up too.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
BIGGEST SNUB: Where’s Emily Blunt for Sicario?!
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: If we had our say, it would be Blanchett or Mara for Carol. That way we could have spread the love to another project. After all — both actresses did want to submit for supporting here.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
BIGGEST SNUB: Three words: Johnny Freaking Depp. He was pretty damned terrifying in Black Mass, if we do say so ourselves.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: We love us some Bryan Cranston, and he was absolutely terrific in Trumbo. But it’s surprising the Hollywood Foreign Press went with that pick over Johnny.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Short
BIGGEST SNUB: Every comedy that didn’t make it because The Martian submitted as such.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Seriously, how is The Martian a comedy? Oh, and also Spy? Good movie… but was it great? We’re still not completely sure.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
BIGGEST SNUB: Actually we’re pretty down with all of these nods. This was Spy‘s time to shine.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Putting BFFs Amy Schumer and J-Law up against each other? Guys, we really want their movie together to happen and this totally better not get in the way.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
BIGGEST SNUB: Umm no Bradley Cooper for Burnt?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Just saying, but Matt Damon was funnier in Team America.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jane Fonda, Youth
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
BIGGEST SNUB: We’re still on the floor over the fact that Rachel McAdams didn’t get any love for Spotlight. That is a true crime.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Vikander would have been axed from this list, if we had anything to say about it. But we suppose the rest can stay.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
BIGGEST SNUB: Okay, so there’s no supporting love for what’s already being touted as the movie of the year, Spotlight. Sorry Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffolo.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Can we just say this really should be a category that’s split between comedy and drama, and not combined?
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Game of Thrones
BIGGEST SNUB: Woah, no Downton Abbey? Granny would NOT be pleased. Also we’re a little shocked the final season of Mad Men didn’t make the cut. And Empire just feels like a political choice — we’d prefer if Cookie just won all the awards. Above all though, we’d have to go with The Affair.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Mr. Robot certainly deserved some love, but so did The Leftovers and The Americans. We’d take either of those in its place. Oh, and isn’t it funny how one of the highest rated shows on television, The Walking Dead, continues to get zero applause?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Greene, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards
BIGGEST SNUB: Julianna Margulies is shockingly missing for her continued work on The Good Wife.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: We’re kind of over Robin Wright on House of Cards. Why do the Globes love her so?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
BIGGEST SNUB: Justin Theroux for his awesome stuff on The Leftovers, natch. Or Matthew Rhys for The Americans. And what about Sam Heughan for Outlander? Remember that last episode? Shudder.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Liev Screiber has deserved a nod for Ray Donovan for ages… but maybe not this last season. This one feels a little late to the party of you ask us.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
BIGGEST SNUB: Parks and Recreation really could have used some love for its final season. Poor Amy. Oh, and where’s TV’s top comedy, The Big Bang Theory? And The Muppets? Or the critically acclaimed You’re the Worst?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Is it just us, or are these comedies looking a little… dark?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodrgiuez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
BIGGEST SNUB: Again, poor Amy Poehler. And Amy Schumer, who really deserved some love here too.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: We would have called Jamie Lee Curtis a supporting actress, but we get it. She’s the original Scream Queen.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
BIGGEST SNUB: Well if Rob Lowe got some love where was John Stamos for Grandfathered? We’d say the’ve been pretty on par. Oh, and on a serious note this category really should have included Jim Parsons.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: The Grinder? Really? Ooof.
BEST LIMITED-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
American Horror Story: Hotel
Flesh and Bone
BIGGEST SNUB: The omission of HBO’s Bessie is a bit of a shocker. Seriously there are no TV movies here, and they usually rule the nest. Speaking of HBO, we’re not shocked that True Detective didn’t make the list, but it is surprising considering how much love the first iteration of the series received last year.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Hotel? Please. The only watchable thing about this season has been Lady Gaga. At least they got it right with Fargo.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie
BIGGEST SNUB: None here. They actually go this one right.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: See? told you Bessie needed some love.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo
BIGGEST SNUB: We’re going to have to go with the dudes from American Horror Story: Hotel, since it was nominated as best limited-seres and all.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Nightingale? All right.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, LIMITED-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Moira Tierney, The Affair
BIGGEST SNUB: The other ladies of Transparent,
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: How is this the only Downton nomination? We’re totally shocked here.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, LIMITED-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damien Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelson, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
BIGGEST SNUB: Ted Danson has been pretty spectacular in Fargo if we do say so ourselves.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Okay so Sam is actually the only person of importance not nominated for Outlander. Good to know.