Golden Globe Nominations: 26 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves to nominate celebrities, but this year, voters left a few off the list — no Angelina Jolie for directing “Unbroken,” no Ben Affleck for “Gone Girl,” no Bradley Cooper for “American Sniper” and no Julia Roberts for HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” The Golden Globes voters, made up of fewer than 100 foreign journalists, don’t overlap with the Academy, but because their nominations are announced just days before the Oscars nominating window, they are an influential group in terms of giving performances a boost. And the big winners after Thursday morning’s announcement included Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nightcrawler,” Jennifer Aniston in “Cake,” David Oyelowo for “Selma” and “Birdman,” which landed more nominations than any other film (seven). On the TV side, the Globes proved to once again be the hippest awards show, by including freshman series like “Jane the Virgin,” “Silicon Valley” and “Transparent.”

Here are the 26 biggest snubs and surprises.

SNUB: “Unbroken” gets shut out of everything.
The high-profile Universal project, directed by Angelina Jolie, about World War II hero Louis Zamperini was expected to appear in the best drama category. It not only got snubbed there, but also didn’t pick up a single nomination — not for its lead actor (Jack O’Connell), supporting actor (Takamasa Ishihara), screenplay (by the Coen brothers) nor director (Jolie).

SNUB: “Interstellar.”
The Globes had previously singled out Christopher Nolan in the directing category for 2010’s “Inception,” but his new space epic — the most emotional movie of his career — didn’t land any nominations. Its star Matthew McConaughey was instead recognized for his TV work in “True Detective.”

SNUB: Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper.”
It’s a shame that Cooper (above) isn’t getting more awards season attention for the most transformative performance of his career — he packed on 40 pounds to play Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The Warner Bros. drama also got shut out of best picture, director (Clint Eastwood) and supporting actress (Sienna Miller).

SNUB: Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher.”
Steve Carell made it into the lead actor race for his creepy turn as John du Pont, but there was a hope from Sony Pictures Classics that Channing Tatum would also make the cut for playing Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

SNUB: Ben Affleck, “Gone Girl.”
The Globes recognized the film’s director (David Fincher), female lead (Rosamund Pike) and screenplay (Gillian Flynn), but not its male star.

SNUB: Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night.”
You would think that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would find room for the French actress’ stellar turn in the Dardenne brothers’ drama, especially after her performance got notices from the New York Film Critics Circle and Boston Society of Film Critics Awards last week.

SNUB: Laura Dern, “Wild.”
Both the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Screen Actors Guild (which announced Wednesday) overlooked Dern in the supporting actress category for playing Cheryl Strayed’s mom in “Wild.” She could still rebound for the Oscars.

SNUB: “Top Five.”
The Golden Globes somehow neglected to nominate the funniest comedy of the year in the best comedy category. They also shut out its actors Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson.

SNUB: “Begin Again.”
The John Carney indie seemed tailor-made for the Golden Globes’ best musical/comedy category, but it didn’t land a best picture nomination, a lead actress notice for Keira Knightley (who picked up a supporting actress in “The Imitation Game”) or lead actor for Mark Ruffalo (who got in for both “Foxcatcher” and “The Normal Heart”). And most outrageous of all, the Globes didn’t even include the addictive ballad “Lost Stars” (performed by Adam Levine) for song.

SNUB: Bill Hader, “The Skeleton Twins.”
This is the kind of breakthrough performance — Hader played a depressed gay man in the Sundance darling — that the Globes are usually good at honoring in their comedy categories.

SNUB: Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child.”
The same goes for this A24 Sundance comedy about a Brooklyn thirtysomething who gets dumped by her boyfriend.

SNUB: Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press adores Roberts so much, they’ve nominated her for eight Golden Globes, including her performances in 2010’s “Duplicity” and 2008’s “Charlie Wilson’s War.” But they didn’t go for her AIDS doctor with polio in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart” for HBO.

SNUB: “The Walking Dead.”
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was only nominated once before for season one, which is more than most orgs have given it. Even though it’s the biggest drama on TV — and critics felt like season five experienced a creative surge — it would probably take an actual zombie apocalypse for any recognition from a major awards body.

SNUB: “Homeland.”
Whither “Homeland”? Showtime’s creatively revived drama fell off the Globes list last year after a poorly received third season. But the show was back in top form for season four. Problem is, once you’re out of the Globes’ good graces, it’s very difficult to get back in. And all the extra competition from Showtime’s massive drama slate — including nominee “The Affair” and un-nommed “Masters of Sex,” “Penny Dreadful” and “Ray Donovan” — couldn’t have helped.

SNUB: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock.”
He was nominated for “The Imitation Game,” but snubbed on the TV side for his Emmy-winning role in “Sherlock.” The lead actor in a TV miniseries category was packed with heavyweights like Martin Freeman (“Fargo”), Woody Harrelson (“True Detective”), Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”), Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo”).

SNUB: Kerry Washington, “Scandal.”
Like the Screen Actors Guild, the Hollywood Foreign Press failed to nominate Kerry Washington for “Scandal” since apparently they could only find room for one actress from a Shonda Rhimes show (Viola Davis in “How to Get Away With Murder”).

SNUB: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
The Andy Samberg Fox comedy was a dark-horse winner last year in this category, but it didn’t get any love for season two. Instead, the Globes nominated three other freshman shows — “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent” and “Jane the Virgin” — along with “Girls” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Unlike most awards shows, which nominate the same series every year, the Globes seem to forget established shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Louie,” “Veep” and “Parks and Recreation,” which were also snubbed.

SNUB: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation.”
The Globes dumped Poehler after she won the category last year.

SURPRISE: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
This is the first time Anderson has been nominated for director at the Globes. It’s a surprise that he was included at the expense of more high-profile directors like Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”), Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”), Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) and Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”). His comedy, which also appeared in the best picture Globes category and landed a SAG ensemble nomination, is picking up awards season steam, even though the Fox Searchlight indie was released early in the year.

SURPRISE: “Pride.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press shined the spotlight on the little-seen CBS Film indie about a group of gay-rights activists who joined the 1984 British coal-miners strike. They chose it over “Big Eyes,” “Begin Again,” “Inherent Vice” and “Annie.”

SURPRISE: Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice.”
P.T. Anderson’s latest is his most alienating film yet, but the Globes still found room for Joaquin Phoenix’s trippy performance.

SURPRISE: Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”
The Sony Pictures musical remake has been surrounded by bad buzz, but perhaps Wallis’ inclusion isn’t all that surprising given that the Globes love musicals (they once nominated “Burlesque” for best picture) and they owe her for not previously recognizing her Oscar-nominated performance as Hushpuppy in 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

SURPRISE: “Transparent” makes history for Amazon.
It was a huge morning for Amazon Studios as the critically acclaimed “Transparent” landed noms for comedy series and lead actor Jeffrey Tambor. That’s the first recognition for the upstart digital player from a major awards show, and well deserved for Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical dramedy.

SURPRISE: “Game of Thrones.”
This is the first nomination for “Game of Thrones” in the Globes’ drama series category since its first season. Globe voters snubbed seasons 2 and 3 (despite The Red Wedding!). It’s incredibly rare for a show to pop back into contention after dropping out, so fanboys should be extra psyched that the Westeros gang is now back in the HFPA’s good graces.

SURPRISE: “The Missing.”
Imported from the BBC, Starz miniseries “The Missing” was a surprise inclusion in both the top TV movie/mini category and in lead actress for Frances O’Connor. The eight-part series follows the search for a missing boy in France and follows in the footsteps of last year’s powerhouse Starz entries “The White Queen” and “Dancing on the Edge” (which earned that now infamous upset win for Jacqueline Bisset).

SURPRISE: “Jane the Virgin” gets some love.
The CW usually isn’t the first network anyone thinks of when it comes to awards (or even the 21st network). But “Jane the Virgin” may change all of that. The whip-smart spin on telenovelas landed semi-surprising noms for both best comedy series and breakout lead actress Gina Rodriguez. This isn’t entirely new territory for the Globes (they did give Keri Russell a trophy for the WB’s “Felicity”), but there were audible gasps at the Beverly Hilton when Rodriguez was announced as a nominee. And more gasps of delighted surprise when the series was announced.

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  1. guest says:

    This was the best Golden Globe ceremony I have seen in years. It was a breath of fresh air. Everyone who was there, deserved to be there. The winners deserved to win. It was so nice to see TALENT in that room and none of the minimally talented camp events and tabloid buffoons.

  2. ledaumas says:

    The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Fury, and Guardians of the Galaxy were left out too. But I liked the nominations for the lesser known shows and people.

  3. Bridget says:

    I think the snub for American Sniper is strictly political and that’s horrible. ..Instead they nominate shows like Jane the Virgin…Seriously! ?!?!?!? Just goes to show the mentality. ..Pathetic….

  4. Gar Gurn says:

    SNUB, Peaky Blinders ? A brilliant BBC production starting talented Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy??

  5. PETER JAY says:

    Beverly, I don’t think the Academy Award, Oscar nominations have come out yet. What you are referring to are the Golden Globe Awards that will broadcast on TV on this coming Sunday, January 11. Both UNBROKEN and AMERICAN SNIPER were snubbed by both the Golden Globes and SAG, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Correct me if I am wrong, please.

  6. Beverly Fisher says:

    I am so appalled at the Academy for their decision to ignore one of the greatest finest films made I can hardly believe it!!!! Unbroken is one of the greatest films I have ever seen and in reality it is breathtaking We lost a few people in World War II when I think of Ambrosini and the sacrifices he made for America was beyond unbelievable do you guys get it? You guys get it we live in a Free Country today because of men and women like this man who sacrificed his life literally almost died for you for me for our children and there children to live in this GREAT COUNTRY CALLED AMERICA there was a time when America was great and honest and just I believe with all my heart that Angelina Jolie deserves a Great Academy Award for the DIRECTION OF UNBROKEN you guys at the Academy I’m ashamed of each and everyone of you you’re blind to what’s going on in the work that was done not only did she DIRECT THIS FILM but she became a friend of the man who actually suffer for you Idiots at the Academy I cannot believe what I’m reading today I saw the film I cried in it was packed out all around the United States people From all walks of life at the end of this film which I have never seen before and I’m 70 years old an A great applause broke out the people spokebut you at the Academy were not listening because your day it this movie you guys should be damn ashamed of yourself to ignore a great Director a great director a great movie and everything about it was such a Blessing to me and others to remind us and we need reminding that we LIVE in this GREAT COUNTRY because of the men and women in uniform and World War II was horrible and MANY SPILL THEIR BLOOD FOR YOU ALL! Congratulation on being complete fools, blind and in sensitive to what the world and the United States do you ever listen to the People and what should have been I cannot believe because personally you may not like Angelina Jolie but this isn’t about personalities this is about a woman who took the time and effort and reseach to bring to the screen a great American film about our history and how we should be proud to be Americans and thankful that we have such great men and women even today sacrificing their lives for this country I’m so ashamed of each and everyone of you who snubbed Angelina Jolie she did not deserve this she deserved an Academy award shame on you you guys – shame on you all – your all idiots my name is Beverly Ann Fisher (I’m so disappointed) Really you guys don’t see a good movie because your blind!!!!!!!

  7. Cynthia says:

    Viola Davis’ work on HTGAWM is far superior to Kerry Washington’s on Scandal. It’s a glorified prime time soap opera at this point. If they could only choose one between the two, Viola definitely deserves the nom.

  8. MelBb says:

    As I suspected, it’s all about personal bloated egos; not quality of the project.

    Per Unbroken, yeah… one wants stark, unpleasant reality, and Hollywood wants a message…one that appeals to its own preferred sensibilities.

  9. vinci says:

    Ubroken and interstellar can hardly be called snubs. They were too hyped for their own good and didn’t really deliver. Walking Dead is so not award worthy IMO. Its too lame when you compare its source material and that’s a shame. The rest i agree.

  10. Hank says:

    Begin Again isn’t really a musical — it’s a drama that happens to have music. The Globes finally seem to understand that distinction, which is why Get On Up probably wasn’t nominated in that category. In the past, it’s been a farce how the Globes have let movies, which were otherwise very dramatic, into the musical or comedy category. Also, Begin Again isn’t that good a movie. So, where is the surprise? Also, SNIPER and UNBROKEN haven’t come out yet, so why are they surprises? From the reviews that have come out so far, Unbroken has received some good but some middling reviews. A movie like that needs fantastic reviews. These expectations are all based on studio and media hype.

  11. Jim Warren says:

    Ignoring Sarah Paulson and Finn WIttrock for American Horror Story is beyond belief.

  12. Emma Greene says:

    I’m more surprised Angelina Jolie didn’t get a nomination for her role in “Maleficent” than I am over a possible Director snub for “Unbroken.”

  13. Jacques Strappe says:

    Foreign press picks that were lost in translation.

  14. Edward Szyler says:

    In what universe is Morten Tyldum a more “high-profile” director than Wes Anderson?

  15. K says:

    lots of Brits in this year

  16. L says:

    People cannot be serious about Interstellar being a snub. None of the acting performances are even in the conversation for awards, NONE. The script (what you could hear of it) was laughably cheesy. All this film has is the score and the visual effects. Tell me again why this deserves a Best Picture nomination? A movie is more than just music and effects. Boyhood, Birdman, Selma, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything–these films have legitimate contenders in multiple categories and are well-rounded and well-received films. They are simply BETTER and more deserving.

    • jedi77 says:

      Agreed. Interstellar is a beautifully shot cliche ridden sci/fi flick that we have seen before and will see again. Nothing new here. And this “emotional” film was just cheesy bad. But maybe that’s because I am a European, and we consider “emotional” to mean ‘real and true’ and not ‘cheesy’.

  17. mark lund says:

    Please. Not getting nominated for something is NOT a snub. It’s just not getting nominated. Snub seems to really mean “my favorites or predictions didn’t get nominated”.

    • Caryl BERNER says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. The media types seem to think if you have received an award once, you must always receive a nomination. Julia Roberts…just because she had a part is no reason for her to receive a nomination let alone an award. I feel the same way about Sandra Bullock. And just because Jolie directed a movie does not mean she deserves an award! I understand that these nominees would make great tv red carpet shows but its apparent the foreign press is more interested in great talent then clothes.

  18. The current awards organizations are run by snobs with no taste or imagination. They are motivated more by cliquish politics than any real knowledge or taste of films!

  19. Perkz says:

    The only thing that really matters is the box office take. The rest is fluff anyway.

  20. Timmy says:

    how are bennett miller and Morten Tyldum bigger names than Wes Anderson? Dude’s been making movies for close to 20 years and he’s a king among hipsters.

  21. Eric says:

    Gee, the Globes snubbing a movie about American exceptionalism? Say it ain’t so!

  22. Nina says:

    I have never understood why then-A&A’s Longmire wasn’t an award winner as a ensemble & Robert Taylor individually – Nina (Panama City, Panama)

  23. FrankLeeSpeaking says:

    Maybe everyone everywhere is getting very tired of Angelina Jolie. She made one good movie Gia and 85% of what was good about that movie was her lack of clothes. Such talent cannot be ignored, or can it?

  24. BeEtLjOoZ says:

    Reblogged this on LouisianaWorld.Net | BattleOfOurTimes.Com and commented:
    Snobby snubbers snubbing.

  25. wayne says:

    this article is a big joke right? Hollywood is just a bunch of narcissistic self congratulatory punks … whine whine whine …

  26. Reblogged this on Jeffraaay the Owl and commented:
    My Predictions and thoughts will be posted soon!

  27. Dee says:

    Why do you call those that didn’t garner a nomination a “snub” or some of those that the movie media and blogs that weren’t hyping a certain movie or actors called a “surprise”?? Apparently the voting committee didn’t believe that the “snubs” are worthwhile enough to be voted in, and the “surprises” were. So which movie, actor, or actress that was nominated do you think should be removed to fill in the slots, that you all feel should be worthy?? It isn’t fair to those that did get a nomination, as the opinion is that they weren’t “worthy” enough!! This is one reason why I never read the various blog sites predicting these nominations, because most of them are HYPED up even before the movie is either screened and/or released.

  28. Goodbyenoway says:

    I can’t imagine anyone more overrated than Marion Cottillard. I’d rather watch Donald Duck act.

  29. Carl Winslow says:

    In what world are Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum more “high-profile” than Wes Anderson?

  30. No Thanks says:

    How is Interstellar a snub? The movie kind of bites…

  31. This new movie of Angelina Jolie’s looks FANTASTIC!! I am not a big movie goer anymore because they are all re makes or lame, but this one looks very interesting and if she has already pissed off the foreign press it must be stellar !

    • guest says:

      Hey Loon! Jolie got snubbed because she cant direct. OMG,…..after she exploited her daughter and met the pope and made a stupid documentary for Tom Brokaw and still got snubbed. Maybe she should put as much effort into her craft as she does being in the tabloids and she might get a nom someday.

    • Mike says:

      Hi Angie!

    • No Thanks says:

      No, Unbroken is no Unbreakable and deserves NOTHING… it looks great but the violence looks very heavy-handed (but you’re a plant, so what does it matter).

  32. Stergios says:

    Marion Cotillard gave the best female performance of the year in Two Days, One Night and the second best female performance of the year in The Immigrant. She got snubbed from both SAG Awards and Golden Globes, so I definitely join the group of people who lost any serious interest to this year’s awards season.

    • mark lund says:

      Was she intentionally NOT nominated to show disdain? Otherwise she just didn’t get enough votes not suppossedly “snubbed”.

  33. b. white says:

    Who gives a rat’s azz about Jolie! She gives the middle finger to the ones in middle America who pay to see her movies. I’m sorry, Hollywood, but I discontinued going to the movies long ago because the whole INDUSTRY gives America the middle finger.

    • pam0626 says:

      Agreed. She sold out years ago making one horrible romcom after another and now her PR team wants us to believe she’s a legitimate actress worthy of Oscar contention.

      • Yes Please says:

        Yes, I think the same way about Jennifer Aniston as you think. She’s an horrible actress and now suddenly, Miss Aniston wants an oscar so she hires a good PR Team and a great Oscar Strategist (LISA TRABACK) to work on her oscar campaign and now suddenly she should be a legitimate actress worthy of Oscar contention? I could not have written it better than you did! Jennifer Aniston sold out years ago making horrible romcom after another.

  34. David Powell says:

    Given what the movie is about, an American bearing up under the worst possible circumstances because of character and inner strength, I can see the foreign press snubbing it. Especially as it touches on Japanese misdeeds during WW2 and for some reason the arts community in the west avoids them. Jolie had a lot of guts making this movie and I hope it does well in the theaters, and among American film critics.

    • rco1207 says:

      I also admire jolie strength in bring this book to reality, I to look forward to seeing this movie on christmas day…

      • guest says:

        Of course you ADMIRE jolie. You are supposed to when you are a loon. That is the script had been floating around Hollywood for a long time. It didnt take STRENGTH to do it. You’re an idiot.

  35. Art Spear says:


  36. Jeremy says:

    Jennifer Aniston for Best Actress? The world really is coming to an end.

  37. Mark R Smith says:

    Emphasis on “foreign” press. They really just don’t get it.

  38. Sue says:

    All the liberal crap movies of course do well by these film people/press. But they are the movies that do not do well…that do not leave a WOW mark….like Unbroken and American Sniper. so much trashy movies/shows out there now days!

  39. Larry Fyne says:

    These films that were snubbed were done so for a reason…and obvious reason. Just because an agent keeps a personalities name and picture all over doesn’t equate to talent. It’s sorta like Jolie being mentioned in the same breath as beautiful. Know what I mean?

  40. harry georgatos says:

    A stinker of a year with ordinary selections that play to limited audiences. Interstellar was the,best film of the year followed by Inherent Vice. The good news is that spoilt brat Angelina Jolie recieved no nominations!

    • Gen says:

      YOU SAID: “No one’s right or wrong at the end of the day it’s all subjective and personal. I see more worth in films like Interstellar and Inherent vice then all the other films that have come and gone. Interstellar has a mind teasing plot with old school filmmaking and is my cup of tea. I know people won’t agree with me but what’s ordinary to someone else may be brilliant to some other viewer “.

      Then why are insulting people that like Angelina Jolie? I mean you sound like someone you read only what that guy from Sony said about her (whom is supposed to be the biggest dick, but then again, he’s a man) and then you write this really great thing down below about no one being right or wrong…I really don’t agree with your comment up there but I certainly do agree with what the quote you have written to Carl’s Winslow. Stick that personality side of yours please…you seemed much nicer.

    • Carl Winslow says:

      Interstellar was entertaining, but far from the best film of the year.

      • harry georgatos says:

        No one’s right or wrong at the end of the day it’s all subjective and personal. I see more worth in films like Interstellar and Inherent vice then all the other films that have come and gone. Interstellar has a mind teasing plot with old school filmmaking and is my cup of tea. I know people won’t agree with me but what’s ordinary to someone else may be brilliant to some other viewer. .

  41. Nolan Conley says:

    “JOLIE SNUBBED BY BY FOREIGN PRESS… Headline on Drudge Report”

    Let’s see… and we care about the foreign press why? Gee… nothing is coming to mind.

    • b. Mclane says:

      ALL award shows are nonsensical. Roles that are attached to social movements often win disregarding any skilled performances. Last years Oscar to Lupita for 5 minutes of screen time proves my point. People turn in to be voyeurs.

  42. So in other words, Angelina Jolie is among many big stars who were snubbed by the Golden Globes. and she directed this , not acting or posing.

  43. YarplyTwelve says:

    There is a difference between acting and posing.

  44. VHS says:

    Can’t wait to see Interstellar snubbed by the Oscars

  45. SURPRISE! I didn’t view any of those movies. I refuse to give any of my money to Hollywood. There’s no one in Hollywood that I look up to or idolize. A black Annie – yeah right!

    • b. Mclane says:

      You should view movies just for the enjoyment not so you can ” idolize” them . Your points on Hollyweird are prudent its just a movie.

  46. Fed Up says:

    The woman is all smoke and mirrors, she isn’t pretty, she isn’t nice she isn’t good, and worst of all she makes sure she gets lots of credit for everything she does. When it is true charity you don’t need to draw attention to it. She is just another crank hollywood liberal and we don’t need any of them. She is a lousy actress too!

    • b. Mclane says:

      You do know its the Press who highlight her charity work and they only see about 10%. Shedoes not call them like the Kardashian do. You need to stop hating someone who you have no factual knowledge.

  47. brsinai says:

    Annie? Really? Let me guess why…

  48. d0ct0rj says:

    This simply confirms what we already know, that the foreign journalists who make the nominations know nothing about films or television.

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