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Golden Globes Nominations: 25 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Variety logo Variety 12/12/2016 Ramin Setoodeh
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Tom Hanks isn’t a Golden Globe nominee, but Simon Helberg is. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association always throws a few curveballs in announcing its top picks for the best in movies and television, and Monday morning’s announcement was no exception.

No Tom Hanks for “Sully.” You couldn’t locate “Finding Dory” in the best-animated race. Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” lived up to its name, by getting ignored. And Taraji P. Henson was snubbed twice — for the upcoming movie “Hidden Figures” and Fox TV series “Empire.”

But overall, the 2017 Golden Globe nominations unfolded pretty much as expected. On the movie side, “La La Land” led with seven nominations, followed closely by “Moonlight” (six) and “Manchester by the Sea” (five). On the TV side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” continued its trophy streak, with five nominations, and “The Night Manager” got four.

Here are the 25 biggest snubs and surprises.

SNUB: Tom Hanks, “Sully” 

For his portrait as “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger in the Clint Eastwood drama, Hanks is considered a shoo-in for another Oscar nod. But the Globes, which have nominated him eight times over the years, surprisingly omitted him from the best actor in a drama category.

SNUB: “Finding Dory” 

The most commercially successful movie of the year (with $486 million at the domestic box office) somehow wasn’t included in the best-animated film category. Instead, the Globes recognized two other Disney films (“Moana” and “Zootopia”), “Sing,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and the little-known French-Swiss movie “My Life as a Zucchini.”

SNUB: “Silence” completely shut out

The Martin Scorsese drama about Jesuit priests, which screened very late in the season, didn’t score a single Golden Globe nomination — not for its actor Andrew Garfield, director, screenplay, or score. That could pose a serious challenge for the Paramount Pictures’ box office prospects, unless it picks up some awards buzz elsewhere.

SNUB: Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures” 

Henson didn’t get nominated for her strongly reviewed role as a 1960s NASA scientist and mathematician in this upcoming crowd-pleaser from Twentieth Century Fox.

SNUB: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

She also got snubbed for playing Cookie Lyon in the second season of “Empire,” despite winning best actress in a TV drama last year. Nor was her Fox series nominated.

SNUB: Denzel Washington for directing “Fences”

Although he earned a nod for his performance as best actor, Washington will sit out the Globes director race for adapting the  Pulitzer-Prize winning play by August Wilson.

SNUB: Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nocturnal Animals”

What does Jake Gyllenhaal have to do to get some awards love? His gritty performance in the Focus Features drama should be topping Oscar lists, but somehow it’s not. And the Globes — which adored “Nocturnal Animals” so much, they named Tom Ford as one of its best directors — didn’t do him any favors by not backing the role.

SNUB: Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

As a scene-stealing sheriff, Shannon was considered a strong bet for the best supporting actor race. Instead, the Globes honored another co-star from the film, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

SNUB: Warren Beatty, “Rules Don’t Apply”

Beatty tried to charm his way into another Golden Globe nomination, but it didn’t work out for his first screen role since 2001. His co-star Lily Collins was nominated for best actress in a musical/comedy.

SNUB: Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Although “Manchester by the Sea” was one of the big winners, with five nominations, the HFPA didn’t nominate its breakout star (who plays Casey Affleck’s nephew) in the best supporting actor race. But there’s still a good chance that Hedges could rebound in time for the Oscars.

SNUB: “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

Fans may have loved the highly anticipated Stars Hollow reunion, but it clearly didn’t register among Globes voters, who snubbed it across all categories. Not even a nod for longtime favorite Lauren Graham.

SNUB: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

She’s been the talk of awards season for her performance in “Fences,” which may have overshadowed her work on the small screen. For the first time since its debut, Davis wasn’t nommed for ABC’s murder mystery, which ups its stakes every season.

SNUB: “Mr. Robot”

Last year’s best drama winner was shut out of the category. Read that sentence again. How’s that for a brain melt, Sam Esmail?

SNUB: “Narcos”

Another Globes favorite that became an afterthought, the second season of the Netflix drama also came up short.  

SNUBS: “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black”

Netflix’s OGs had to make way for the new generation of hits from the streaming service — with “Stranger Things” star Winona Ryder getting a surprise nom, and “The Crown” racking them up.

SURPRISE: Mel Gibson is officially back

“Hacksaw Ridge” nabbed three Golden Globe nominations, putting Gibson in the running for best director race instead of Washington (“Fences”), Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”), Ben Affleck (“Live by Night”), or Scorsese (“Silence”).

SURPRISE: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

The only acting nomination for “Nocturnal Animals” didn’t go to Amy Adams, Gyllenhaal, or Shannon, but Taylor-Johnson. He’s terrific as a Texas creep, but it’s still a surprise that the Globes singled him out over his co-stars.

SURPRISE: Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Nobody could have guessed the HFPA would choose “Florence Foster Jenkins” as the movie to shower with the most acting nominations instead of, say, “Moonlight” or “Manchester by the Sea.” Helberg, who plays a vocal coach in a performance that wasn’t on any awards list, got in along with his co-stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

SURPRISE: Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Mortensen received great reviews for this Sundance indie, where he plays a dad of six children who lives in the wilderness. But the under-the-radar movie wasn’t considered a strong awards contender — until now.

SURPRISE: “Mozart in the Jungle”

Really, HFPA? After all the mockery with last year’s head-scratching win, the org still awarded the comedy with one of its precious five slots — even granting its star Gael Garcia Bernal an acting nom. And this in one of the best years for comedy, where there wasn’t room for the likes of “Catastrophe,” “Silicon Valley ” or “Better Things.”

SURPRISE: Nick Nolte, “Graves”

Only the Globes would nominate Nick Nolte for his TV turn as a former president with second thoughts, in “Graves.” Funny, perhaps. But one of the year’s five best? No way.

SURPRISE: “The Americans” actors get in

Thanks to the TV Academy, FX’s brilliant spy drama has finally registered on the awards circuit — and the HFPA had to take notice as well. Stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys earned much-deserved nods.

SURPRISE: Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Yes, her HBO series “Insecure” has won critical raves, but that the Globes singled out her performance for best actress in a comedy is a welcome shocker. Her voice is fresh, funny, and not to be missed.

SURPRISE: Sarah Jessica Parker, “Divorce”

Her return to HBO in a half-hour comedy had been highly anticipated, to be sure, but landed with more of a whimper. But never underestimate her love affair with the Globes — this marks her ninth nomination, proving they’d never divorce her.

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