2019 Golden Globes Nominees: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

The nominations are out, and needless to say, there were a few shocks ... both good and bad.

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Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us (2016)

SNUB: "This Is Us"

An awards show without "This Is Us" just feels … off. For three years now, NBC’s mega-hit has been as ubiquitous at these events as a tuxedo, but this year, the show was shut out entirely. How did it happen? Blame upstart series like "Killing Eve," "Bodyguard," and "Pose," which kept the show out of the Best Drama Series field and denied reigning Best Actor champ Sterling K. Brown a chance to defend his crown.

Daniel Brühl in The Alienist (2018)

SURPRISE: "The Alienist"

TNT period crime drama "The Alienist" may not have had the highest profile, but it secured nods for Best TV Limited Series and Best Actor for Daniel Brühl. The serial killer mystery picked up one Emmy from six nominations in September.

Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd in The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

SNUB: "The Handmaid's Tale"

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recognized Elisabeth Moss for a second year in a row, and it's validating to see her co-star Yvonne Strahovski earn her first Globe nomination, but it doesn't matter if you're a Aunt, Commander, or Martha — the lack of inclusion on the Best TV Drama list is a considerable oversight.


SURPRISE: Elsie Fisher, 'Eighth Grade'

Maybe this is more of a delight, since Mlle. Fisher recently won a Gotham Award for her breakout performance in Eighth Grade and she's also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Now, an Oscar nomination — THAT would be a total surprise.

Toni Collette in Hereditary (2018)

SNUB: 'Hereditary'

We feel you, Toni. Hereditary, one of the year's most terrifying (and well-received) films, didn't get nominated for a thing. With space for just five films, a Best Picture nod seemed like a long shot — but certainly a Best Actress nom for Toni Collette or a Best Screenplay nomination for writer/director Ari Aster were possibilities, especially coming on the heels of the former's Best Actress win at the Gotham Awards. May Paimon haunt you, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press!

Sacha Baron Cohen in Who Is America? (2018)

SURPRISE: Sacha Baron Cohen

Sure, "Who Is America?" had its share of headline-grabbing moments, but there's a good chance you watched all of them on YouTube. The rest of the show was pretty uneven, to put it mildly, and while Sacha Baron Cohen has a history with the HFPA (he won a Best Actor Globe more than a decade ago for Borat), he often got lost beneath the makeup, which makes his Best Actor nomination here feel strange, to say the least.

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo in Widows (2018)

SNUB: 'Widows'

Heist drama Widows seemed to have it all, from director Steve McQueen to co-screenwriter Gillian Flynn, and a cast led by award-winning actress Viola Davis. But they were robbed of any chance of a Golden Globe, coming up empty in this year's nominations.

Rosamund Pike in A Private War (2018)

SURPRISE: Rosamund Pike, 'A Private War'

The true story of war correspondent Marie Colvin may have flown under the radar when released in November, but Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) picked up a nomination, while hotly-tipped actresses including Natalie Portman (Vox Lux) and Viola Davis (Widows) were overlooked.

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Maniac (2018)

SNUB: "Maniac"

Emma Stone was thought to have a good chance of nomination for her varied performances in "Maniac," Netflix's dark comedy-drama about two strangers who connect during a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial. But the limited series was totally overlooked.

John C. Reilly in Stan & Ollie (2018)

SURPRISE: John C. Reilly

We love John C. Reilly, and cheered when he picked up a Best Actor nomination for his role of Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie. But we definitely didn't see it coming, mostly because the U.K. film has yet to make an impact here in the states. If anything, it's the kind of thing that can only happen at the Golden Globes, which break musicals and comedies out into their own field, and give us categories where Oscar frontrunners like Christian Bale rub elbows with legends like Robert Redford … and our guy John.

Barry Jenkins at an event for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

SNUB: Barry Jenkins, 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Sure, the Moonlight director's new film scored three nominations, including a nod in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category and a Best Screenplay acknowledgement, but a Best Director slight doesn't quite fit this particular narrative. It's a bit tricky when it comes to this particular Golden Globes category since voters have to siphon all of the best dramas and comedies back into a single bracket.

Kieran Culkin in Succession (2018)

SURPRISE: Kieran Culkin, "Succession"

"Succession" was one of HBO's best-received new programs this year, but despite the enthusiastic critical and popular reaction to the wicked family drama, no one had Kieran Culkin on their Golden Globes radar. Fun to think about the fact that Culkin was last nominated back in 2002 for Igby Goes Down.

Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (2017)

SNUB: Ethan Hawke, 'First Reformed'

Ethan Hawke turned in what some considered a career-best performance as a conflicted priest in First Reformed. But both the Paul Schrader-directed drama and its star were shut out.

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