The 2017 Golden Globe nominations are here, and although a few big names earned awards buzz leading up to the noms, they won’t have a shot at the prestigious award.
A few lesser known films, television shows and actors, however, pulled some unexpected nods (congrats to Sing Street and Aaron Taylor-Johnson!).
Here’s who will have – and who should have had – a chance at a Golden Globe award on Jan. 8.
Snub: Denzel Washington
Although the Oscar winner was recognized for his acting in Fences, his directing work for the 1950s-set drama failed to secure him a nomination or a best motion picture drama honor. While Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) earned their predicted nods, Tom Ford’s work for Nocturnal Animals may be the surprise that knocked Washington out of the running.
The superhero comedy starring Ryan Reynolds got lots of love from the Golden Globes, earning major nods in best motion picture – musical or comedy, and best performance by an actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy. The film took home the award for Best Comedy Sunday night at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but don’t expect Wade Wilson to walk away with an Oscar nod — the Globes honor more films by splitting drama and comedy/musical into separate categories.
Snub: Finding Dory
The Pixar sequel fans waited 13 years for the sequel, but it just couldn’t find its way into the Golden Globe nominations. The forgetful yet lovable fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres scored with reviewers and at the box office (it’s earned over $1 billion worldwide), but was edged out in a year full of strong contenders in the best animated feature film category, including Disney’s Moana as well as the lesser known French import My Life as a Zucchini.
Surprise: Sing Street
No one saw this Irish import sitting next to Deadpool and La La Land in the best motion picture – musical or comedy category. The Sundance darling written, co-produced and directed by John Carney (Once) features original music combined with popular songs that complement the movie’s 1980s setting. For Sing Street, the nomination is likely the prize.
Snub: Tom Hanks
The veteran actor already has eight Golden Globe nominations — with half as many wins — under his belt, but he won’t add another for Sully, in which he played pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger during the 2009 “miracle on the Hudson.”
Martin Scorsese‘s 30-years-in-the-making passion project was completely shut out of the nominations despite predictions for best motion picture – drama and best director. Star Andrew Garfield scored a nomination, but it was for his role in Mel Gibson’s directorial return, Hacksaw Ridge.
Snub: The Birth of a Nation
The period drama that ignited Hollywood with fiery hype before being engulfed in controversy (there was outrage directed at filmmaker Nate Parker over his involvement in a college rape trial) was completely dismissed from the nominations. The film fizzled at the box office as well, earning just $7.1 million in its opening weekend.
Snub: Taraji P. Henson
The actress was largely expected to be lauded for her role in Hidden Figures, but the film only picked up nominations for Octavia Spencer in supporting actress and original score. To make matters worse, Henson’s show Empire was completely left out of the TV categories.
Leading the pack this year was no surprise, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story with five nominations, followed by Westworld and The Crown both with three.
It was impossible to ignore the boom of Netflix considering its two breakout shows, Stranger Things and The Crown, both of which received a nomination in best television series – drama. The Crown’s Claire Foy also landed a nom for best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama, as well as Winona Ryder for Stranger Things. However, Netflix’s darling Orange is the New Black was completely absent for the first time since its debut.
Surprise: This Is Us
Maybe it’s not a total shocker, but it’s nice to see NBC’s tear-jerking new hit show nab a nomination for best drama TV series on a list where most shows on major networks were snubbed. In fact, it’s the only show not from HBO or Netflix in the category. Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore will also go head-to-head for best supporting actress.
Snub: Game of Thrones Cast
While the hit HBO series landed another nod for best TV series (though it’s never taken home the prize), only Lena Headey received recognition for her acting. On top of strong performances from 2012 winner Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, many fans were disappointed that Kit Harington was neglected for his role as Jon Snow in a huge season for the character despite scoring his first Emmy nomination this year. At least fans can rest easy knowing the show clinched the Critics Choice win for best drama series.
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Snub: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The Walking Dead failed to earn a single nomination yet again, but the shocker was that Morgan, who just picked up a Critic’s Choice award last night for his turn as the baseball bat-wielding baddie Negan, was widely considered the AMC drama’s best shot.
Surprise: The Dresser
The Starz original movie beat out heavy hitters from HBO and Netflix, including the Gilmore Girls reboot and All the Way, to land a spot in the best TV limited series or motion picture. The adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, brought Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen together on screen for the first time, although neither scored acting nods.
Snub: Silicon Valley
Familiar names were noticeably missing from the best TV series – comedy or musical category, pushed out by new series Black-ish and Atlanta. Silicon Valley didn’t repeat last year’s nod, despite consistent Emmy nominations for the HBO comedy and critical praise. The new show Divorce didn’t help HBO fill the spot — although star Sarah Jessica Parker picked up an acting nod.
The 2017 Golden Globes will be held on Jan. 8, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the show.