SURPRISE - Best TV Series (Comedy) – ‘SMILF’
This category is often a bit of a grab bag, and "SMILF"’s nomination proves that point. With few repeat appearances among the shows nominated over the past five years (with the exception of the recently scandal-laden “Transparent"), it would probably have been more of a surprise had the show about young, zeitgeist-y TV NOT scored a nomination here.
Kudos to star Frankie Shaw (who created, wrote, and stars in it) for nabbing a nom in the Best Actress category as well. Shaw fits in perfectly with the likes of Rae, Brie, Adlon and Brosnahan.
SURPRISE – Best TV Series (Comedy) – ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Every year, the Globes likes to nominate something that makes us all go “What is that?” Well, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is a dramedy on Amazon created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created a little show called "Gilmore girls". The show scored a Best Musical/Comedy Series nom, and its star Rachel Brosnahan scored a nom for Best Musical/Comedy Actress over bigger names like Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
SNUB – Best Television Series (Comedy) – ‘VEEP’
Emmy fave Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never won a Golden Globe for her hilarious work on “Veep”, and this year won’t be her year either as she’s not even nominated nor is the show, which just won again at the Emmys in September. Weird.
SURPRISE - Best Actor, TV (Musical/Comedy) – Kevin Bacon
It seems Kevin Bacon has found his lucky charm as, well Dick, in this show adapted from Chris Kraus’ novel of the same name.
Bacon plays Kathryn Hahn’s obsession in “I Love Dick” as a renowned, macho scholar who infuriates her character, but also awakens her ..um, “artistic” side as her obsession turns into a series of short stories.
Ousting “safer” nominations like “Curb Your Enthusiasm”’s Larry David, Bacon is officially the dark horse of this category, but we dare you to watch the trailer without wanting to watch the series.
SURPRISE - Best Supporting Actor, TV (Drama) – David Harbour
This is what we like to call a “happy surprise” since every “Stranger Things” fan knows just how much David Harbour deserves this.
Singling David out for his raw, unbridled performance of dad-bod-wielding Chief Hopper in the second season of the Netflix hit, you can be sure we’ll get another politically driven, mind-blowing acceptance speech when he takes it home on Sunday, January 7th.
SURPRISE - Best Actress, TV (Drama) – Katherine Langford
Langford played the role of Hannah on “13 Reasons Why” to moody perfection, shining a spotlight on teen suicide, which is exactly why this nomination comes as such a surprise.
We’re excited to see her performance celebrated, especially since the show became a catalyst for conversations between parents and teens about issues that are difficult to talk about.
SURPRISE – Best Supporting Actress, TV Series - Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle did also score an Emmy nom for the HBO movie "The Wizard of Lies", so we shouldn’t be surprised that she made it in here. Her performance as Ruth Madoff was stellar as expected, it’s just that the Supporting Actress category at the Globes combines all TV formats (drama series, musical/comedy series, limited series, TV movies) into one, making it super-competitive. But all hail Pfeiffer.
SURPRISE - Best TV Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For TV – ‘The Sinner’
So yes, “The Sinner” was a talked-about series this year with loads of people hailing Jessica Biel’s performance as the young mother overcome with a startling and very public fit of rage. It, not surprisingly, was the “dark horse” when it came to predictions for 2018, so really, the thing we’ll be most surprised about is if “The Sinner” can topple “Big Little Lies” come award night.
SURPRISE - Best Actress, Motion Picture (Drama) – Helen Mirren
Playing one half of an elderly couple who take to the roadways for a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper, Helen Mirren was quickly hailed as the “heart” of “The Leisure Seeker” when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Acting opposite Donald Sutherland as a cancer survivor, Mirren dazzled with her southern drawl and “take no s**t” attitude as she tries to escape her suffocating children and doctors.
A bit of a surprise since we were thinking Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick” or Emma Watson’s performance in “Beauty and the Beast” would round out this category.
SNUB – Best Actress, Motion Picture (Drama) - Kate Winslet
“Wonder Wheel” isn’t getting the greatest reviews, but everyone is praising Winslet’s performance. Since she’s a Globe fave (she won two in one night in 2009), it seemed logical that she would be nominated for Best Drama Actress.
SNUB – Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture (Comedy) - Tiffany Haddish
Okay, this was a bit of wishful thinking, but with Tiffany getting a Critics' Choice nomination for her hilarious work in “Girls Trip”, we were really hoping the HFPA would keep the good times going and include her in the Best Supporting Actress category. Oh well.
SURPRISE – Best Actor, Motion Picture (Drama) - Denzel Washington
It’s no surprise that Denzel got nominated for an award. He’s one of the best. It’s just this performance in a film that didn’t do well with critics or audiences could have easily been overlooked.
SURPRISE – Best Actor, Motion Picture (Comedy) - Ansel Elgort
“Baby Driver” was a big hit at the summer box office, but we didn’t think the Globes would remember Ansel’s work, especially since he doesn’t have a ton of dialogue. Since they gave the now-Kevin Spacey-free “All The Money In The World” a lot of nominations, maybe they also wanted to recognize Ansel for having to work with his now-disgraced co-star.
SNUB – Best Actor, Motion Picture (Comedy) - Matt Damon
Matt Damon won for Best Musical/Comedy Actor a couple of years ago for “The Martian”, which had a lot of people scratching their heads -- not because Matt wasn’t great, but it wasn’t exactly a comedic performance.
This year, “Downsizing” is definitely a comedy, but Matt couldn’t make it in. Maybe the HFPA thinks he got his due in this category.
SURPRISE – Best Director – Ridley Scott
After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment by multiple men, director Ridley Scott decided to cut Spacey out of the movie and replace him with Christopher Plummer. It was a huge undertaking for a film that was already complete and had released a trailer featuring Spacey as J. Paul Getty. Well, within a matter of weeks, Ridley reshot scenes and screened it in time to be considered by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and it has paid off. The film scored a Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams, a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Christopher Plummer, and a Best Director nod for Ridley.
SNUB – Best Director – Patty Jenkins
Despite just having been honoured with a place on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 best films of 2017, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins (along with its star Gal Gadot) were completely shut out from this year’s Globes.
Considering Ryan Reynolds competed in last year’s Best Actor, Comedy category for his work in “Deadpool”, it’s a shame to see the HFPA not give any recognition to the (only) DC hit so far. Similarly, the gritty goodbye to Wolverine’s 17-year box office domination was shut out, with no one shedding a tear to see “Logan” go.
SNUB – Best Director – Jordan Peele
Although “Get Out” received multiple nominations, we would have liked to see director Jordan Peele get the recognition he so rightly deserves. Also overlooked were “Mudbound”'s Dee Rees and “Lady Bird”’s Greta Gerwig, as the directing category continues to be dominated by the boys club.
SNUB – Best Motion Picture (Comedy) – ‘The Big Sick’
“The Big Sick” was a word-of-mouth hit this summer and it’s getting lots of nominations so far this awards season, including one for Best Picture at the Critics' Choice Awards. Well, the HFPA wasn’t a fan, as it snubbed the heartwarming film.
SNUB - Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) – ‘Beauty And The Beast’
It seems the HFPA were the only people who didn’t gush over the live-action remake of the classic Disney tale, which boasts being the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time.
SURPRISE - Best Original Song – 'The Star'
Could Mariah Carey have another Christmas hit on her hands? Apparently, the HFPA think she might, nominating “The Star” for Best Original Song.
As far as winning the category, the song’s up against the beloved “Coco” and the upcoming “Ferdinand”, and will have to compete with this year’s “musical” nominee “The Greatest Showman”.