Golden Globes nominations: 22 biggest snubs and surprises

The Golden Globe nominations always offer a few curveballs, and Thursday morning’s announcement was no exception. The movie with the most nominations was “Vice” (with six), beating out “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book,” and “The Favourite” (with five apiece). Meanwhile, on the television side, voters favored quite a few freshman series from across the pond, including “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” with a leading 10 total noms, “Bodyguard,” “Killing Eve,” and “A Very English Scandal.”

“Black Panther” managed to emerge as a best picture drama contender, although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — a group of about 100 foreign journalists — overlooked its director Ryan Coogler and its supporting actor Michael B. Jordan. And the organization still has ways to go when it comes to inclusion. For the second consecutive year, no women were nominated for best director on the film side.

Here, Variety breaks down the 22 biggest snubs and surprises:

SNUB: Julia Roberts, “Ben Is Back”
Roberts was expected to be a double nominee: not only for her Amazon Studios TV show “Homecoming” (where she was nominated), but also for “Ben Is Back.” In the movie directed by Peter Hedges, she gives one of her best performances since “Erin Brockovich” as a mother of a recovering addict (Lucas Hedges). But the best actress in a drama category was too crowded.

SNUB: Ryan Gosling, “First Man”
Coming into the fall season, Damien Chazelle’s biopic about Neil Armstrong was considered an awards-season frontrunner, due to strong reviews out of Telluride and Toronto. But the Universal Pictures release crashed at the box office, and the HFPA didn’t nominate it for best drama, best director, or best actor for Ryan Gosling.

SNUB: Nicole Kidman, “Boy Erased”
Like Roberts, Kidman also had a shot at two nominations this year. In addition to best actress in a drama for “Destroyer,” many thought she could get a supporting nod for playing the Baptist mother of a teenager sent to gay conversion therapy in “Boy Erased.”

SNUB: Natalie Portman, “Vox Lux”
When the HPFA asked a few weeks ago that Portman be submitted for lead actress in a drama — instead of supporting — for playing a pop star in the drama “Vox Lux,” it looked like a sign that she’d be nominated. Instead, they moved her to a packed category where she had no shot of breaking through.

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WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Annihilation' held at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Natalie Portman attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Natalie Portman speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Natalie Portman attends The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1738 'Natalie Portman' -- Pictured: (l-) Mikey Day, Natalie Portman during 'Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards' sketch in Studio 8H on Saturday, February 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1738 'Natalie Portman' -- Pictured: Natalie Portman during the opening monologue in Studio 8H on Saturday, February 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Natalie Portman attends the women's march Los Angeles on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: America Ferrera and Natalie Portman attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Singer Mariah Carey, actors America Ferrera, Natalie Portman and Emma Stone, and former tennis player Billie Jean King attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Natalie Portman (R) and journalist Jada Yuan speak onstage during Vulture Festival LA presented by AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Natalie Portman speaks onstage during the 31st Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actors Natalie Portman (L) and Rashida Jones arrive at the L.A. Dance Project's Annual Gala at L.A. Dance Project on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
TELLURIDE, CO - SEPTEMBER 02: Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie attend the Telluride Film Festival 2017 on September 2, 2017 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Paul Best/Getty Images)
TELLURIDE, CO - SEPTEMBER 04: Natalie Portman attends the Telluride Film Festival 2017 on September 2, 2017 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 20: Natalie Portman attends the 'Planetarium' Japan Premiere at Shinjuku Wald9 on July 20, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 19: Natalie Portman attends the Dior For Love photocall at Warehouse Terrada on July 19, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Actress Natalie Portman attends the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
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SNUB: Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
After winning the Gotham Award for best actress, the venerable Collette didn’t get any love from the Globes for her terrifying Sundance box office hit. Then again, 18 years ago, she wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe for “The Sixth Sense,” either, but still managed to make a comeback at the Oscars.

SNUB: Viola Davis, “Widows”
It’s a shame that Davis didn’t score a Golden Globe nomination — it would have been her sixth — for Steve McQueen’s drama, where she portrays a widow who masterminds a robbery with a group of other women.

SNUB: Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
“The Favourite” received five nominations, including best picture musical/comedy, best actress (Olivia Colman), and two nods for best supporting actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz). But for some reason, the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t recognize its director.

SNUB: Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther”
Nor did they honor the director of the biggest box office hit of the year, although the groundbreaking Marvel movie earned a rare (for a comic-book movie) best picture drama Golden Globe nom. Also snubbed: Michael B. Jordan, who received some of the best reviews in the genre since Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight.”

SNUB: “Atlanta” 
While the TV comedy series category was increasingly competitive this year, it seems implausible that the boundary-breaking FX comedy wouldn’t make the cut. Not only was it the 2017 winner in the category, but it turned in a stellar second season that asked all of its actors to raise the bar.

SNUB: “The Handmaid’s Tale” 
Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski both saw nominations (for leading drama actress and supporting drama actress, respectively), but the series did not. It was last year’s winner in the category, so to drop so far so fast seems like a true sign of the times of peak TV.

SNUB: “Maniac” 
Netflix’s trippy, genre-bending limited series may not have proven to be as buzzy as the streamer probably hoped when it was first dropped this fall, but the star power alone seemed enough to push it onto the ballot. Both Jonah Hill and Emma Stone (who got in for “The Favourite”) are bonafide movie stars making the jump to the smaller screen, which is normally a recipe for accolades from the HFPA.

SNUB: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” 
The Emmy-winning “This Is Us” actor has turned in emotional performances, whether he is delivering speeches to his kids about what it means to be a part of a family or to an auditorium full of disgruntled citizens deciding on voting for city council members. His character on the NBC drama may have swayed those voters, but unfortunately, unlike the last two years, Brown didn’t win over the HFPA.

SNUB: Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
The veteran actor has been an HFPA favorite in the past, scoring 11 nominations and three wins, but he has never seen recognition for his role as the charmingly demonic Michael on NBC afterlife comedy “The Good Place.” This year the show itself scored recognition, as did leading lady Kristen Bell, but not Danson. As the heart of the show, that just feels wrong.

SNUB: Issa Rae, “Insecure”
The creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure” has been on the ballot for the past two years so maybe the HFPA just didn’t want to go for too many repeats. But after receiving an Emmy nomination earlier this year, she certainly seemed poised for more accolades. Her work has only gotten more emotional and complex as her character has been tasked with dipping her toe back into the dating pool and attempting to change careers.

SNUB: “GLOW”
For the second year in a row, the Netflix 1980s wrestling comedy missed out on scoring a series nomination, though its leading lady Alison Brie broke onto the ballot for lead comedy actress. The second season seemed likely to be recognized, given how more fully fleshed out the whole world was, even going so far as to do a special, standalone episode dedicated to the show-within-the-show.

SURPRISE: “Vice” surges
It’s a surprise that the movie with the most nominations wasn’t “A Star Is Born,” “Roma,” or “The Favourite.” Instead, the Hollywood Foreign Press went gaga for Adam McKay’s satire about Dick Cheney, which scored six nods, including best picture musical/comedy, best director, best actor (Christian Bale), best supporting actress (Amy Adams), and best supporting actor (Sam Rockwell).

SURPRISE: Rosamund Pike, “A Private War”
The “Gone Girl” star has been getting strong reviews for playing journalist Marie Colvin. But the under-the-radar release just got a big endorsement from the HFPA, as Pike earned a Golden Globe nomination over favorites such as Roberts (“Ben Is Back”), Davis (Widows”), and Portman (“Vox Lux”)

SURPRISE: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’s” supporting actors
There was no question the FX anthology series would nab noms for limited series and leading man Darren Criss, but the supporting categories are much more complicated in television. With only five slots for supporting actor and five for supporting actress, competition was stiff among comedy, drama, limited series, and TV movie players. But “Assassination” still managed to earn nominations for Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz.

SURPRISE: “The Alienist” 
The TNT series not only scored a limited series/TV movie nomination, but one for its star Daniel Bruhl. Although the cabler is insistent on calling the series an anthology, it’s returning for a second season with the same cast in the same roles, which doesn’t fit the traditional definition of a limited series. And after “Big Little Lies” submitted and swept the limited series category last year (only to be renewed for another season), the HFPA announced a rule change that would ask their committee to review submissions and determine category eligibility. Clearly they sided with the network on this one, but it was unexpected.

SURPRISE: “Bodyguard” breaks in 
Maybe it shouldn’t be so shocking because the show launched big on the BBC and then only expanded its reach when Netflix snapped it up, but scoring not only for the series but also star Richard Madden was unexpected due to the high-profile projects with which it was competing.

SURPRISE: Stephan James, “Homecoming” 
The HFPA loves fresh faces, but historically they have honored newcomers in the comedy race. This year James broke in for his turn on psychological thriller “Homecoming” on Amazon. Most of the attention was on Roberts when the series first launched. While the show’s overall nomination seemed inevitable, his was less certain.

SURPRISE: Sacha Baron Cohen
“Who Is America” is certainly comedic, but it didn’t feel a given that voters would accept it in the comedy category, given that it doesn’t fit the traditional scripted format.

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Most glamorous Golden Globes moments of all time
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Actors Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston attending the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton, Los Angeles, January 26th 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor posing with her Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles, California, January 27, 1985. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Getty Image)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 23: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marilyn Monroe arrives at the Golden Globes with screenwriter Jose Bolanos.
Los Angeles, U.S. From left, U.S. actors Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson at the award ceremony of the Golden Globes in Los Angeles February 15 1967. (Photo by Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images)
Salma Hayek during The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
American actor Jack Nicholson and American singer and actress Michelle Phillips at the 28th Annual Golden Globe Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, February 5, 1971. Nicholson was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Christopher Guest and Jamie Lee Curtis at Golden Globes (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Brooke Shields attends the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Brooke Shields & Andre Agassi during The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Kate Hudson stunned in a plunging, embellished Atelier Versace creation. 
(Original Caption) Marilyn Monroe eyes her 'Golden Globe' award with pride after she won the award presented by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her performance as the 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy in the film 'Some Like it Hot'.
Dudley Moore and Jane Seymour during 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
Jane Seymour (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor and husband, film producer Michael Todd, at the 14th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Todd holds a Golden Globe, which he won for his production of Around the World in 80 Days.
Helen Mirren, winner Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for 'Elizabeth I' and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for 'The Queen' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Lily Collins arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Joan Collins attends the 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 29, 1983 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joan Collins during 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor sits with her third husband, American film producer Mike Todd (1909 - 1958), at a Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Coconut Grove nightclub, Hollywood, California, 1957. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Back in 1999 when Angelina Jolie was just a little-known actress, she commanded our attention in a form-fitting Versace gown. 

 Nicole Kidman looked statuesque in a high-low gown.
Jessica Alba was the picture of Old Hollywood glamour last year. 
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