Snubs and Surprises
Another year, another surprising list of Golden Globe nominations. The 2019 motion picture noms honored many of the year’s best in film, while a few deserving movies were left in the cold. Here, we take stock of a few of the biggest surprises.
SNUB: First Reformed
Paul Schrader’s moving portrait of a small-town minister has racked up critical acclaim and nominations from the Indie Spirits and the Gothams, but both Schrader and star Ethan Hawke went unrecognized at this year’s Golden Globes.
SNUB: The songs of Mary Poppins Returns
The cheery sequel to the 1964 original earned four nominations in all: best picture for a musical or comedy, best actress for Emily Blunt, best actor for Lin-Manuel Miranda, and best score. But surprisingly, Mary Poppins was left out of the best original song category, one where it was expected to triumph.
SNUB: Paddington 2
Paul King’s sequel was the sweetest and most heartwarming movie of the year, and it deserves recognition! Justice for Paddington!!!!!
SNUB: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper’s drama tied for the second-most nominations this year with five — including best drama, best actress for Lady Gaga, and best director and best actor for Cooper. But Sam Elliott, who plays the deep-voiced brother of singer Jackson Maine, was a surprising oversight.
SNUB: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
As a contender for best foreign language film, Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama was ineligible for best drama. But what was surprising was the lack of love for star Yalitza Aparicio, a first-time actress who delivered a deeply moving performance as a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico.
SNUB: Ryan Gosling, First Man
Damien Chazelle’s portrait of astronaut Neil Armstrong picked up a nomination for best score and best supporting actress for Claire Foy, but star Ryan Gosling was left out.
Despite critical acclaim, Steve McQueen’s female-led heist movie didn’t receive a single nomination — not even for star Viola Davis.
The HFPA failed to recognize Alex Garland’s trippy sci-fi epic in a single category, despite its moving screenplay and an intense performance by star Natalie Portman.
SNUB: A Quiet Place
Ironically, John Krasinski’s horror film about a lack of sound picked up only one nomination — for best original score. Krasinski was left out of the director’s race, while star Emily Blunt picked up a nomination for Mary Poppins Returns instead.
SNUB: Mary Queen of Scots
Saoirse Ronan triumphed last year at the Golden Globes, winning best actress in a comedy or musical for Lady Bird, but her historical drama Mary Queen of Scots didn’t score any nominations this year.
SNUB: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Ryan Coogler’s superhero epic scored a well-deserved nomination in the best drama category, as well as two more for score and original song. But it was left out of the acting categories, including for Michael B. Jordan’s powerful performance as the villain Killmonger.
SNUB: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel did well this year, scoring three nominations including best drama, best supporting actress for Regina King, and best screenplay for Jenkins. But surprisingly, Jenkins was left out of the directors category.
SNUB: Karyn Kusama, Destroyer
Nicole Kidman scored a best actress nod for her role as a Los Angeles cop reckoning with the fallout from a past case. But the film’s director, Karyn Kusama, was overlooked.
SURPRISE: All the love for Vice
This year’s top contender is Adam McKay’s portrait of former Vice President Dick Cheney, earning six nominations. With noms in almost every major category — including best musical or comedy, best actress, best actor, best supporting actor, best screenplay, and best director — Vice has catapulted itself to the front of the Oscar race.
SURPRISE: John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
John C. Reilly has had a busy 2018, starring in the Sisters Brothers, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the upcoming Holmes & Watson. But it was his role in the Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie that earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
SURPRISE: Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Rosamund Pike scored a best actress nod for her role as war correspondent Marie Colvin in the drama Private War.