The 15 Biggest Golden Globes Snubs and Surprises

Carol Rooney Mara
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The Golden Globes are known for their unpredictability, and this year’s awards were among the Golden Globe-iest in that regard. While many of the top film champs, including major victories for “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” breakout ingenue Brie Larson and comeback kid Sylvester Stallone, can hardly be dubbed surprises, the TV picks were considerably more left field. And there were a couple of stunners in the movie races too.

Here are 15 of the biggest snubs and surprises from the 2016 Golden Globes:

SNUB: “Carol”
Though it had the most nominations of any film, Todd Haynes’ quiet period lesbian romance failed to win any awards against flashier competition like “The Revenant.” With two lead actress nominations, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara may have split the votes.

SURPRISE: Kate Winslet and Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
The surprises started early when Kate Winslet nabbed the night’s first film award for supporting actress in Universal’s underperforming biopic. Then Sorkin’s upset victory for best screenplay cemented the HFPA’s affection for the film.

SNUB: “Spotlight
After scoring big with critics groups and landing significant support from the guilds, director Tom McCarthy’s celebrated pic left the Globes empty-handed.

SNUB: “The Big Short”
After gaining momentum with prognosticators thanks to strong showings in guild award nominations and a solid performance at the box office, some expected Adam McKay’s financial crisis comedy to pick up the comedy best picture prize. Instead, it lost to the dubiously categorized mega-hit “The Martian.”

SURPRISE: Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
J-Law is now three for three in winning Globes for her collaborations with director David O. Russell. Despite the fact that even Lawrence said she was pulling for fellow nominee (and sudden BFF) Amy Schumer to win for “Trainwreck,” Globes voters opted to go with Lawrence for a performance that’s barely comedic.

SNUB: “Fargo”
FX’s anthology series is a critics favorite and won two Globes last year for lead actor (Billy Bob Thornton) and limited series. This year it lost all three bids (limited series, lead actor Patrick Wilson and lead actress Kirsten Dunst).

SURPRISE: “Mozart In the Jungle
Amazon took the TV comedy series category last year with the buzzy “Transparent,” but few expected a repeat performance with the far lower profile satire of New York’s classical music scene, “Mozart.” Leading man Gael Garcia Bernal picked up a win as lead actor as well, echoing the dual wins for “Transparent” and Jeffrey Tambor last year.

SNUB: Netflix
Despite landing the most nominations of any outlet in the TV categories this year, the streaming giant tallied zero wins for the evening. The losses ranged from signature series “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards” to newcomers “Bloodline,” “Master of None,” “Grace and Frankie” and “Narcos.” Even their motion picture contender, “Beasts of No Nation,” missed out on its one shot at a win for Idris Elba in the supporting actor race.

SURPRISE: Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
After “Jane the Virgin” breakout Gina Rodriguez won best actress in a TV comedy last year, it’s less surprising to see fellow CW star Bloom do the same in her first season. But considering her formidable competition included Lily Tomlin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rodriguez herself, it’s still an impressive feat.

SNUB: Double nominees
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina”), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie” and “Grandma”), Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation” and “Luther”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies” and “Wolf Hall”) were all nominated for two Globes this year, but the dual bids didn’t help. All four lost in both of their categories.

SURPRISE: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hamm thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press in his acceptance speech for their support of “Mad Men” over the years, but truth be told the org hasn’t been all that mad about “Mad” in recent years. The AMC drama hasn’t been nominated for series honors since 2011 and Hamm has only been nominated twice since then. So his win for the final season (and second Globe victory overall) was hardly a sure thing.

SNUB: “Game of Thrones”
HBO’s fantasy epic still hasn’t won a Golden Globe for best drama (this year going down in defeat to USA’s freshman success “Mr. Robot”). The only prize “Thrones” has claimed in five seasons of eligibility was Peter Dinklage’s win for supporting actor back in season one.

SNUB: “Transparent”
After winning two Globes last year, Amazon’s breakout series lost all three of its bids this year (for comedy series, lead actor Jeffrey Tambor and supporting actress Judith Light).

SURPRISE: Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
The drama series win for “Mr. Robot” falls in line with the Globes’ pattern of honoring breakout shows, but it was still a surprise to see veteran co-star Slater score his first ever Globe over stiff competition including Alan Cumming, Damian Lewis, Tobias Menzies and Ben Mendelsohn.

SNUB: Rob Lowe
The star of Fox’s “The Grinder” was likely just happy to land a nomination for the low-rated comedy, but another miss brings his career losses to six (following past noms for the film “Square Dance,” TV movies “Thursday’s Child” and “Behind the Candelabra” and TV series “The West Wing”).

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  1. Why wasn’t Tom Hardy nominated for anything?!!! He is a great actor and so versatile.

  2. Karen Hirsh says:

    The worse Golden Globes show ever produced. What happened to “Homeland”, “The Good Wife” “The Americans”, “The Affair”???? What happened to the terrific actors in these shows?.

  3. The big “surprise” for me is “The Martian” was classified as a comedy. I don’t know, maybe that dust storm scene could be considered slapstick? I guess hearing Matt Damon compare himself to Iron Man is what passes for comedy, these days.

  4. John Freimann says:

    Just because they don’t win, why call it a “snub”? Or are you just trying to be interesting; OR, are you trying to appeal to our nastier side.

  5. Steve McKay says:

    Everyone trips and calls it a snub when their horse doesnt win. Dumb.

  6. VaultBoy says:

    Well, there can be only one…one winner per category, that is. So obviously the other guys lose, so I’m not sure why it’s treated as a snub.

    Alternatively, the Golden Globes can go the Grammy way, and offer 200 categories (best movie, best motion picture, best bunch of stills running at 24 frames per seconds etc.) to make sure everybody wins.

  7. Marie says:

    Leo was talking to someone and laughing. Stop trying to start drama like some petty teenager.

  8. A says:

    It should be no surprise that Jennifer Lawrence won. The Globes are notorious for going with the big marquee names and celebrities above all else. Remember the year the nominated the widely panned “The Tourist” just so they would get Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie (who would bring Brad Pitt with her) to the ceremony? That’s the Golden Globes!

  9. Marie says:

    Assuming Leo was laughing about Lady Gaga’s win is a stretch. His behavior was probably completely unrelated to her…..and he was just surprised when someone (in this case, Lady Gaga) passed his chair so closely. The media just loves to create drama where there is none. I can’t imagine Leo being snarky. Let it go…..

  10. piper1299 says:

    Never laughed so hard in my life at an award’s ceremony. This year’s Globes were nothing short of a sham. The best films were snubbed in favor of bubble gum filler trash. The Revenant was a gripping thriller that had Leo’s big name to prop it up for the boys, but to win over Carol! Seriously?

    • Baker says:

      Carol is an overrated romance drama with political faction. Haynes has always been political with his films but they keep you engaged and you care about both story and characters. Carol is probably his first bad film in regards of going Hollywood with both story and characters. Cheesy and boring. The only reason people find it “grounbreaking” it’s because of the lesbian theme but please, lots of films that deal with lesbian theme have a better emphasis and more entertaining storytelling than Carol. The Revenant on the other hand is a story of guilt, redemption, morality and existentialism. The brilliant of the film also relies on the narrative and visuals.

    • JacksonM says:

      You forget two things

      1) The HFPA is a small group

      2) The tastes of a small group of people are bound to be different than yours.

  11. this show is a complete ridiculous tragedy. What a colossal waste of time.

  12. TvJunkie says:

    what about ‘The Americans’ getting snubbed since it’s first season.
    also am i just glad HFPA finally realised Ray Donoven wasn’t worth the love they were bestowing upon it over the years.


    • HML says:

      Please, buy yourself corrective eyewear…so that you, hopefully, don’t need to capitalize every dang word all the time.

    • JC says:

      You don’t know anyone in the UK who has Netflix, therefore the members of the HFPA must not have Netflix either? What kind of logic is that?

      Well Philip, perhaps if you were based in Hollywood and not Manchester, you would know that most members of the HFPA, aka the voters, have their cable and streaming services subscriptions paid for by their employers. Because, you know, it’s part of their job to review and report on TV shows. And if they don’t sit down to stream an entire Neflix series, they still get sent screeners of 2-3 episodes of each show. And if you truly believe that very few voters see Netflix shows, then how did Netflix end up with the most nominations of any TV outlet in the first place?


  14. khrish67 says:

    With everybody having EMPIRE FEVER I notice that they didn’t snub Taraji Henson only because THE COULDN’T! I was really surprised with the shows they did choose. ANYWAY

  15. AYU_Dyah says:

    I only pay attention to TV Categories in Golden Globes each years. I hardly believe their decision in movie categories.

    Sure, Mr. Robot deserves its Golden Globe thropies. The show is simply brilliant, innovative, and refreshing. I hope Sam Esmail will keep its brilliance for next season.

    The other snub in tv categories is Better Call Saul. It is another brilliant show in 2015.

    While, Games of Thrones, it is so overrated now. The plot becomes more and more ridiculous, hiding behind its fantasy-genre excuse. In fact Games of Thrones is a soap opera show with fantasy background.

    Empire is another overrated tv show. I just can stand watching its first 4 episodes, and it went more ridiculous for the entire first season. I stopped watching Empire now. Like I have stopped watching Game of Thrones.

    Games of Thrones is not Snubbed. It is overrated.

    • Daryle says:

      Definitely disagree with regard to Game of Thrones. Why it was snubbed at the Globes, I don’t know, but it is quality television, for sure, and the one series my husband and I really look forward to each spring.

  16. Ammon says:

    SNUB: Better Call Saul!

  17. Huh? says:

    Amusing. Variety says that comments are moderated but allows this spam on.

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