Shocks and Snubs of the 2020 Golden Globes

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The 2020 Golden Globes were announced this morning and to no surprise to anyone, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association threw some curveballs and left many of us awards prognosticators scratching our heads. It wasn’t due to the people who were nominated (full list here), it was the egregious snubs that emerged as Tim Allen, Susan Kelechi Watson and Dakota Fanning announced the nominees this morning.

Two of the loudest snubs this morning came in the Best Performance by a Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama categories. Robert DeNiro, who seemed to be a guaranteed lock for Netflix’s The Irishman was suspiciously missing despite the movie receiving five nominations this morning, including supporting actor nominations for Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese for Director of a Motion Picture, Steven Zaillian for Screenplay and Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Lupita Nyong’o being left out of the lead actress race for Us was especially jarring despite recently receiving numerous accolades from various critics groups around the country. Nyong’o’s performance, easily one of the most nuanced and memorable of the year, despite Us being released back in February, many thought a Golden Globes nom would be a slam dunk further catapulting the actress to frontrunner status at the Oscars. All isn’t lost though. Nyong’o could still earn a Screen Actors Guild nomination on Wednesday. Let’s also note that the HFPA and Oscars voters don’t have the same members and the awards shows don’t always mimic each other. Last year, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars without a Globes or SAG nominations, so there’s still hope for Nyong’o!

This years Globe nominees also proved to be a boys club in the writing and directing field as both categories were male-dominated, leaving out female directors Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Greta Gerwig (Little Women) despite their movies garnering major acting and/or film nominations.

On the television side, the Globes snubbed TV’s biggest and most talked about Limited Series of the year, When They See Us, by giving is ZERO nominations. Even though it didn’t do too well at the Emmys, only winning 2 of its 16 nominations (Best Casting and Supporting Actor Jhareel Jerome), many though Jerome and the series itself, at least, would earn nominations. Instead, the HFPA opted to recognize Catch-22, Chernobyl, The Loudest Voice, Unbelievable and Fosse/Verdon.

The broadcast networks also receiving a crushing blow this morning being completely shut out from any nominations. Last year, NBC’s The Good Place and it’s star Kristen Bell were the sole representative for the networks, but failed to earn nominations for its final season.