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The 15 Biggest Golden Globes Snubs and Surprises

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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