The 2020 Golden Globes nominations arrived this morning and although we were excited for Netflix’s The Crown and Jennifer Aniston, there were quite a few big-name TV shows, movies and stars that got left off the list (ahem, Game of Thrones?!). Here, a complete list of the biggest Golden Globes snubs of 2020.
1. ‘Game of Thrones’
Somehow, critics forgot all about Game of Thrones mania. How?! The only nomination the show received for its eighth and final season was Kit Harington’s Best Actor in a Drama Series nod. As a result, fans are outraged.
It seems members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (they decide who gets Golden Globes noms and awards) was just as creeped out by the Tom Hooper iteration of Cats as fans. Other than some love for the Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber song “Beautiful Ghosts,” the film received zero nominations. It could be because voters only saw an unfinished version (the film doesn't officially come out until December 20), but still.
3. Matt Damon for ‘Ford v Ferrari’
Not only did Ford v Ferrari (which is really good, BTW) fail to earn the nominations it deserved, but Matt Damon was also overlooked. Despite his exquisite performance, Damon failed to earn the Best Actor nomination. His co-star, Christian Bale, earned the honor instead.
4. Meryl Streep (and almost everyone else) in ‘Little Women’
With a cast comprised of Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and Emma Watson and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) in the director's chair, you’d assume Little Women would get all the nominations. Nope. Saoirse Ronan was the only one to earn a nod for her part in the film. (Did you really snub Meryl Streep?!) But hey, at least she got a nomination for Big Little Lies.
Not only did Lupita Nyong’o get snubbed for her two parts in Jordan Peel’s horror film, but the movie didn’t receive much fanfare overall. Peel, who wrote and directed the film, didn’t even receive a nomination. Since the film debuted in March, it likely wasn’t top of mind for Golden Globes voters.
6. Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman’
Although some are calling The Irishman the movie of the year and De Niro is, well, De Niro, the two-time Oscar winner wasn’t recognized for his role this go around. Never mind that Martin Scorsese was nominated for Best Director, the movie is a Best Motion Picture contender and both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci got Best Supporting Actor nods.
Jennifer Lopez got the nod she deserves, but nominations for the film were surprisingly slim. Could it be because it was unwisely submitted in the musical/comedy category?
8. Sandra Oh for ‘Killing Eve’
Sure, Oh won Best Actress in a TV drama at last year’s Globes and hosted with Andy Samberg, but she didn’t receive a nomination this year. Instead, her co-star Jodie Comer got the Best Actress nod, along with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon of Apple TV+’s Morning Show.
9. ‘When They See Us’
There’s no denying that acclaimed director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series When They See Us captivated (and disturbed) fans when it hit the streaming platform. But even though the star of the docudrama, Jharrel Jerome, snagged an Emmy win for his performance, the series based on the Central Park Five received no love from the HFPA.
After all the excitement surrounding the HBO series based on the classic comic book, the HFPA overlooked it when it came to nomination time.
11. ‘The Lion King’
The animated remake of the beloved Disney film apparently didn’t make a splash. The only nomination the film garnered is Beyoncé’s nod for Best Original Song for “Spirit.”
So who will actually win when the Golden Globes air on Sunday, January 5? We’ll have to wait and see.