With the release of the 2018 Golden Globes nominations on Monday morning, award season is officially upon us. But things aren't quite starting out with a bang, because the broadcast was full of Golden Globes snubs and surprises. Some of the big, expected names were there, like the entire cast of Big Little Lies, and awards buzz-y movies like Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
But there were whole categories populated by shows and movies that haven't quite broken through to the mainstream yet. Which is a nice way of saying that, if you were watching the broadcast on Facebook Live, you weren't the only one saying, "Excuse me, Meryl Streep, what is The Post?" and "Who are some of these white people?" and "Thank god Boss Baby finally got its due."
The short story is that you have a lot more movies to see and TV shows to marathon before the Globes air on Jan. 7, 2018, if you want to be up-to-date enough to impress your friends. But the long answer is that this is just the beginning when it comes to snubs and surprises at the nominations announcement. It's time to unravel everything for you and point out some stuff that you might have missed.
1. No Best Director Nomination For Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird is up for Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Screenplay (Motion Picture), and snagged two major acting awards for its leads, but the nominated directors are all men? So interesting how movies by women so often direct themselves. And so skillfully.
2. Half-Hearted Love For Get Out
Sure, it was great to see the Jordan Peele-directed thriller on the list, especially when it premiered back in February. Often movies with such early premieres get forgotten about, no matter how wonderful they are. But, in this case, the film only got lip service, with a Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) nomination and a much-deserved Best Actor nomination for its star, Daniel Kaluuya. Plenty of films you've never heard of walked away with more than two nominations, like The Greatest Showman, which made out with three. And since this was without question one of the most surprising, universally praised, and critically-acclaimed projects of the year, that just isn't right.
3. Where Was Dee Rees?
The director of the historical drama Mudbound would've been a great addition to the list of nominees, but, instead, we're lauding exciting up-and-comers like Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan. Such surprising choices.
4. Not A Single Nomination For Wonder Woman
The ground-breaking superhero film was deserving of any number of nominations, from its director, Patty Jenkins, to its star, Gal Gadot. It would've been a great opportunity to welcome a superhero to the fold who wasn't a white man or have literally any gender diversity in the nominated directors.
5. Game Of Thrones Took A Hit
The HBO drama was granted just one nomination this year, a nod for Best Television Series (Drama). And although that's a big one, the snub of Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington, who were both submitted, is hardly surprising. For some reason, the beloved show has never made out well at the Globes; in seven seasons, the show has garnered just six nominations and one win.
6. The Strangest Thing
Although Stranger Things came away with two nominations, one for Best Television Series (Drama) and a nod for David Harbour in the Best Supporting Actor category, fans were shocked not to see any acclaim go to Millie Bobby Brown. The young actress plays Eleven on the Netflix series, and many figured she was a shoo-in for not only a nomination, but a win. And this is not the little girl (or the fanbase) to cross.
7. A Surefire Favorite Took Ill
Don't spend any time scanning the list for the surprise summer hit The Big Sick, because the real life story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon fell in love isn't there. It was well-acted, well-written, and told a story that is rarely touched on in Hollywood. Plus, it has a coveted 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But even with all those achievements to vouch for it, the dramedy got zero love at the nomination ceremony.
8. Milo Ventimiglia Has Continued His Streak Of No Nominations
People were so surprised at the This Is Us star's snub during the 2017 nominations that they asked him to comment on it, but Ventimiglia continued his shocking streak this year. So we'll just have to celebrate the actor's co-stars Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz, who both received nods, and cling to what Ventimiglia said last year. “I like the idea of not being nominated," he told Entertainment Tonight, "It keeps me hungry."
9. The Florida Project Was Largely Passed Over
It's hard to say a film gets snubbed when it does receive a nomination, like The Florida Project did with Willem Dafoe's nod for Best Supporting Actor. But when you consider that the movie was voted best of the year by New York Film Critics Online and has the same number of nominations as Boss Baby, things start to seem a little more messed up.
All in all, a strange variety of surprises and snubs that seem designed to keep us on our toes. And that's before awards are even handed out. Tune in on Jan. 7 when the statuettes are distributed to see just how much more strangeness you can take.