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Golden Globes snubs and surprises
Ahhh, the Golden Globes. Every year when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its list of nominees, it's met with a mixture of joy (yay Shape of Water!), outrage (Jordan Peele was robbed!), and confusion (Boss Baby, Golden Globe nominee?!). Here, we round up a few of the biggest shocks and surprises.
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SNUB: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Gerwig’s heartwarming coming-of-age tale earned four nominations total — best picture (musical or comedy), best actress for Saoirse Ronan, best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf, and best screenplay for Gerwig — but surprisingly, Gerwig got shut out of the best director race. This marks the second time Gerwig has missed a directing nod after failing to grab a nomination from the Spirit Awards last month
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SNUB: Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Like Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name earned nominations for best picture (drama) and for its buzziest performances (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer), but its director didn’t make the cut.
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SNUB: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Despite its rave reviews and record-breaking box office returns, Get Out only picked up two nominations — best picture (musical or comedy) and best actor for star Daniel Kaluuya. Shockingly, the film's mastermind, Peele, got shut out in both the best director and best screenplay categories.
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SNUB: The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani earned rave reviews for his real-life love story, but the HFPA completely ignored The Big Sick, which missed expected nominations for best picture musical or comedy, best actor for Nanjiani, and best supporting actress for Holly Hunter.
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SNUB: Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name (and The Shape of Water)
Stuhlbarg plays a key role in not one but two of this year’s biggest contenders. It’s surprising that he didn’t pick up a supporting actor nod for his role as a stoic scientist/spy in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, but it’s a downright shock that he wasn’t nominated for Call Me By Your Name — especially with that tender, thoughtful speech he gives at the end of the film.
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SNUB: Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
Gyllenhaal earned rave reviews for his performance as Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. But he missed a nomination on Monday for Stronger, which could have helped boost his fledgling candidacy in what amounts to a pretty wide-open category. Gyllenhaal will have another chance to boost his campaign hopes when the Screen Actors Guild announces its nominees on Wednesday
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SNUB: Wonder Woman
After raking it in at the box office and becoming one of the best-reviewed superhero films of all time, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman was expected to get at least some awards season traction. Surprisingly, neither Jenkins nor star Gal Gadot earned any recognition from the HFPA.
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SNUB: The Florida Project
Sean Baker's drama wasn't completely shut out — Willem Dafoe scored a best supporting actor nod — but that was its only nomination. It was a surprising turn of events for The Florida Project, especially since the film has been a favorite of the critics' groups this year.
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SNUB: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Haddish has emerged as an underdog contender for best supporting actress thanks to her breakout performance in Girls Trip. But despite some early critics' groups love, Haddish was a no-show on Monday.
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SNUB: The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie was not only one of the smartest and best-reviewed animated movies of the year, but one of the smartest and best-reviewed superhero movies, period. Its exclusion from the best animated picture category was a major shock.
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SURPRISE: All the Money in the World
After original star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men, director Ridley Scott brought in Christopher Plummer to replace him — just weeks before the film was scheduled to hit theaters. Scott's gamble (and his lightning-fast reshoots) seemed to pay off: Both Scott and Plummer each earned a nomination for best director and supporting actor, respectively, while Michelle Williams picked up a best actress nod.
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SURPRISE: Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
Edgar Wright's kinetic car-chase-musical hasn't been a major awards contender, but that didn't stop Elgort from earning a best actor nod in the musical/comedy category.
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SURPRISE: The Greatest Showman
The lavish musical about circus impresario P.T. Barnum wrangled three nominations — best musical or comedy, best actor for Hugh Jackman, and best original song for "This Is Me." That total gives the film, which is out later this month, more nods than Get Out
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SURPRISE: The Boss Baby
LEGO Batman may have missed out on an animated nomination, but Alec Baldwin's Boss Baby made the cut. "Golden Globe nominee The Boss Baby" certainly has an interesting ring to it.