Golden Globe Nominations Surprises and Snubs


The 2019 Golden Globes nominations are here! You’ll have to wait until January 6 to find out who wins, but in the meantime let’s dish on the biggest snubs and surprises.

Golden Globes Nominations

Biggest Proof We Aren’t Living in the Bad Place

The exceptional afterlife sitcom The Good Place is finally getting some recognition! The show was nominated for best comedy television series—but expect it to lose out to critical darling The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Ted Danson deserved a nomination for his stellar work in season one of the show, and he’s still overlooked this time around.

However, Kristen Bell is up for a best actress award. Which she’ll probably lose to Rachel Brosnahan.

Biggest Surprise: The Hosts

Andy Samberg (Brookyln Nine-Nine) and Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) will be co-hosting the ceremony. Not since Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the 2011 Oscars has there been a more random pairing.

But Samberg and Oh had surprisingly good chemistry and comedic timing when they presented an award at last year’s Emmys. We’re hopeful that it’ll be entertaining—and that Samberg will perform at least one Lonely Island-style song!

Most Suspicious Nomination: Everything for ‘Mary Poppins’

C’mon, now. Mary Poppins Returns won’t be released to the general public for another week. I know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gets screeners, but it seems a little ridiculous to give the movie four nominations.

It’s up for best original score and best comedy motion picture. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda also picked up nominations.

Biggest Snub: ‘This Is Us’

After receiving plent of love for its first two seasons, NBC drama This Is Us was completely shut out of the 2019 Golden Globes. Surely national treasure Sterling K. Brown—who was the first black performer to win a best actor trophy last year—deserved a nomination.

Second-Biggest Snub: Yorgos Lanthimios

Yorgos Lanthimos might not exactly be a household name, but the director was seriously snubbed in this year’s Golden Globe nominations. Not only was his latest film, The Favourite, nominated for best comedy motion picture, but all three of the stars also picked up nominations.

While we’re happy to see Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz being recognized for their work, it’s unusual that the HFPA snubbed the director.

Golden Globes Nominations

Least Surprising Surprise: ‘A Star Is Born’

I’m shocked—shocked!—that A Star Is Born racked up nominations in all the major categories. Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper picked up acting nominations. Cooper is also up for best director, and the hit song “Shallow” is almost certainly going to win the award for best original song.

Nomination for a Show We Forgot About: ‘The Alienist’

Honestly, between writing the headline above and now, I’d already forgotten about The Alienist all over again. The limited series ran on TNT at some point during the eligibility window. And apparently Daniel Bruhl starred in it, because he was nominated for a best actor award.

Wait, what were we talking about? I’ve forgotten again…