Surprise: Andra Day In 'The United States Vs. Billie Holiday'
With its late February release, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" has only recently come on the awards season radar, so it was a wonderful surprise when star and singer Andra Day was nominated for two Golden Globes for Best Actress in Motion Picture - Drama, as well as Best Original Song.
Despite its smash success on Netflix at the end of last year, the Shonda Rhimes-produced period romance "Bridgerton" failed to score even a single nomination from the Golden Globes.
Surprise: Donald Sutherland In ‘The Undoing’
The HBO Max marital murder drama, "The Undoing", picked up four nominations including one for Donald Sutherland as Nicole Kidman’s wise dad with unruly eyebrows. We’re happy anytime the Canadian-born legend gets a mention for his continued work.
Snub: ‘I May Destroy You’
The biggest snub may be Michaela Coel’s searing post-sexual assault drama “I May Destroy You”. Created by, written and starring Coel, the critically-praised HBO series is as deeply heartbreaking as it is darkly humorous. Coel is a talent that deserves praise and judging from the reaction to her exclusion, she is a name we’ll keeping hearing in the future as fans clamour for more of her work.
Snub: Steven Yuen In ‘Minari’
The Korean-American family drama “Minari” was already a topic of controversy when it came to the Golden Globes after the HFPA deemed it would compete in the international feature category and not the drama category since the film features Korean dialogue though it is set in and made by an American filmmaker. But the Academy ruled differently, saying “Minari” didn’t have enough Korean in it to be considered an international feature.
Caught up in the confusion is Steven Yuen, whose performance was ignored at the Globes, despite recognition from several high-profile critics groups.
Snub: Meryl Streep
The HFPA had two chances to recognize the great Meryl Streep but the actress came up short, failing to nab nods for both the glitzy musical “The Prom” and the Steven Soderbergh dramedy “Let Them All Talk”. Don’t feel too badly for her though, she still has a record 32 Golden Globes nominations (and nine wins) to her name.
Surprise: James Corden In 'The Prom'
"The Prom" was a likely lock for a Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy nomination, but many were surprised when its only other nod went to actor and TV host James Corden for Best Actor.
Snub: Ellen Burstyn In ‘Pieces Of A Woman’
At 88, the Oscar-winning actress has once again been in the awards conversation for the first time in 20 years with her intense role in “Pieces Of A Woman” as a Holocaust survivor and tough-love mother to Vanessa Kirby’s character. While Kirby earned a nod for her role, the film’s most-powerful scene is all Burstyn’s doing.
Snub: 'Da 5 Bloods'
Despite critical acclaim and outstanding performances from Delroy Lindo, the late Chadwick Boseman and others, iconic Director Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" failed to receive even a single nomination in 2021's crowded Golden Globes race.
Surprise: Jared Leto In 'The Little Things'
Jared Leto surprised many awards-watchers by scoring a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his eccentric, creepy take on a suspected serial killer in the thriller "The Little Things", co-starring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek. The nod for Leto was the only nomination for a film that has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.