Golden Globe nominations 2021: 10 surprises and snubs

Anya Taylor-Joy in the Queen’s move

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While “Queen’s Gambit”, “The Crown”, “Schitt’s Creek” and “Ted Lasso” compete against each other at the Golden Globes ceremony on February 28, there are a few films and actors that were not on the nomination list on Wednesday.

Then there were the actors, TV shows, and films that no one expected would appear on the ballot.

The 78th Golden Globes nominees highlight some of the most popular television programs and movies people have seen during the ongoing pandemic, including old favorites like “Ozark” and “Better Call Saul” as well as new obsessions like “The Mandalorian” and ” Lovecraft Country. “

Here are 15 of the most surprising nominations and the biggest snubs.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the full list of nominees for this year’s Golden Globes, you can do so here.

Snub: “Da 5 Bloods”

On the way to Wednesday’s Golden Globes nominations, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” should receive a number of nods, including Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Director. However, the Vietnam War drama was completely excluded from the competition.

Many were surprised when Lee’s film won a number of major critical awards, including Best Picture on the National Board Review and AFI’s selection as one of the Top Ten Films of the Year.

Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chadwick Boseman star in “Da 5 Bloods”.


Surprise: 3 women directors nominated

The Hollywood Foreign Press made history Wednesday when it nominated three women directors for Best Director. This is the first time in a year that more than one woman has been honored in this category.

Regina King was nominated for “One Night in Miami”, Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman”.

Golden Globe nominations for best director: Chloe Zhao (L), Emerald Fennell (C) and Regina King

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Snub: “One Night in Miami”

King’s directorial debut may have earned her a Golden Globes nomination, but “One Night in Miami” was denied the best picture nomination in the Drama category on Wednesday.

The movie that follows Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X when they meet in Miami on a February evening and discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.

“One Night in Miami” garnered nominations for Best Original Song and Best Supporting Actor for Leslie Odom Jr., who portrayed Sam Cooke. Still, many expected the film to earn a nomination for Best Picture and a Nod for Best Screenplay for Kemp Powers, who co-wrote and co-directed the Pixar film “Soul”.

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. star in “One Night in Miami”.

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Surprise: James Cordon, “The Prom”

Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Broadway cult favorite “The Prom” had mediocre reviews from critics and fans, earning a “Rotten” 56% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 65% audience rating from professional reviewers.

So it was a surprise on Wednesday when the film was not only nominated for best film in the musical or comedy category, but that the actor James Corden received a nomination for best actor.

When the film released on Netflix in December, Murphy and Corden received backlash for Corden’s “stereotypical” portrayal of Barry Glickman, a gay man and Broadway star who travels to a small town to help a lesbian student whom the Attending the prom was banned with her friend.

Meryl Streep and James Corden appear on Netflix’s “The Prom”.


Snub: “Minari”

Prior to the nomination announcement on Wednesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press was criticized for its admission requirements for films such as “Minari”. Although “Minari” is an American production, it did not qualify for Best Image Awards as part of the Drama or Musical / Comedy categories.

The Golden Globe guidelines do not allow a non-English language film to be nominated in the best picture categories. Since most of “Minari” is in Korean, it could only be nominated for best foreign language film.

While 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 included.

Surprise: Kate Hudson, “Music”

While Music, a film written and directed by Sia, went unreleased, that didn’t stop the Hollywood Foreign Press from nominating actress Kate Hudson based on early screeners and reviews.

Hudson’s inclusion, regardless of the warrant, is staggering given the myriad of other shows and films that have been released on a large scale. Especially when you consider how badly “music” was received not only for its story but also for the use of a neurotypical actor in the role of a non-verbal autistic girl. It holds a 29% “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes from seven reviews.

Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler star in “Music”.

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Snub: Black-led dramas

It was a banner year for Black Ensemble films. “One Night in Miami”, “Da 5 Bloods”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” baffled the critics. However, none of these films were nominated for best picture or script.

As mentioned earlier, King received a director’s nod for her work on “One Night in Miami,” along with two other nominations for the film. “Da 5 Bloods” was completely excluded.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” received actor awards for Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, and “Judas and the Black Messiah” received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor and one for Best Song.

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s black ass

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Surprise: “Hamilton”

There is no denying that “Hamilton” is a cultural phenomenon and deserves its previous awards. However, many were surprised on Wednesday when the film received a best picture and a nomination for best actor. After all, it’s a surprise that the film only qualified in the first place, considering that it is a filmed version of a stage performance.

As it turns out, there aren’t any rules that say a filmed play is ineligible. The movie only needs to be “a comedy or drama that uses songs, in addition to spoken dialogue, to move the plot forward” to be considered in the Best Picture or Comedy Category.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in “Hamilton”, received the only nomination for an actor.

Actor Leslie Odom Jr. (L) and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ perform during the ‘Hamilton’ GRAMMY performance for the 58th GRAMMY Awards at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City on stage.

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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 and the chance for best comedy series, Hollywood Foreign Press dropped the Netflix series out of the vote.

It seems the Golden Globes have been looking for new comedy series this year. “Schitt’s Creek” was the only show that wasn’t nominated for its first season. “Emily in Paris”, “The Flight Attendant”, “The Great” and “Ted Lasso” are all freshly minted series.

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in Netflix’s “Dead to Me”.


Surprise: Al Pacino, “hunter”

Oscar winner Al Pacino returned to television on Amazon Prime Videos’ Nazi murder drama “Hunters” earlier that year, but both the actor and the show failed to secure nominations in major categories at the 2020 Emmy Awards. That led many to believe that it would be closed at the Golden Globes as well.

However, Pacino secured the only nomination for the series on Wednesday and received a nod for 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-favorite adaptation of Jemaine Clement’s and Taika Waititi’s Vampire Mockumentary’s FX series garnered eight Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series, which was successful at the Golden Globes.

As mentioned earlier, this year the Hollywood Foreign Press turned to new comedy shows about strong favorites. Except, of course, for “Schitt’s Creek”.

Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou star on the FX show What We Do In The Shadows.


Surprise: Jared Leto, “The Little Things”

Given that “The Little Things” just fell on HBO Max over the weekend, it’s quite a surprise that Jared Leto received a nomination on Wednesday.

The film, which Denzel Washington and Rami Malek co-launch, was not expected to be an award-winning film, which leaves many puzzled that Leto was included in the vote. Some suggested that Leto’s spot might have been given to Paul Raci of “Sound of Metal” or make Boseman a double nominee for his role in “Da 5 Bloods”.

Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in “The Little Things”.

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Snub: Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America “

Uzo Aduba may have won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Film for her role in Mrs. America, but that didn’t guarantee her a place in the Golden Globes vote.

Instead, only star Cate Blanchett was nominated for the series, which confused Aduba empty-handed and critics.

Uzo Aduba plays in “Mrs. America” ​​on Hulu.


Surprise: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” was overlooked for Emmy’s competition last year, other than a nomination for Best Choreography, but that didn’t stop lead actress Jane Levy from securing a Golden Globe nomination on Wednesday.

NBC’s musical dramedy did not earn a nomination for best comedy.

Jane Levy stars in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.


Snub: Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”

The HBO series “Lovecraft Country” received a well-deserved nomination for Best Drama Series, but none of its actors got a nod. Co-stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett received praise for their performances on the series but came out empty-handed on Wednesday.

Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Michael Kenneth Williams star in “Lovecraft Country”.


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