There’s always some Golden Globes surprises when the nominations are announced, but this year, the shocks were jaw-dropping.
For those who love to hate the Golden Globes surprises, this year’s nominations were particularly noteworthy.
It’s all fair in love and acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes noms are out and some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars who’ve been bathed in awards show buzz this season were instead snubbed—as well as some perennial favorites. Did politics play a role? How about complaints that last year’s race was downright boring in some categories? Or is just the famously mysterious and hard-to-predict Hollywood Foreign Press Association doing that thing it likes to do, where it snubs some “shoo-ins” just to see if we’ll react. Which we do—every year. Wow! What? NO! Here we go again: The top 6 Golden Globes shockers.
#1: Angelina Jolie
The Jennifer Aniston/Angelina Jolie rivalry had gotten so old—until Jen got a Golden Globes nod (for her starring role in Cake) and Angie didn’t (for Maleficent). Both ladies have been campaigning hard for awards this year—although Brad Pitt’s better half has been more concerned with getting tapped as Best Director for Unbroken. But she was snubbed for that, too—and in the wake of making international headlines as a “minimally talented spoiled brat” in the Sony hack nightmare. Ouch.
#2: Orphan Black
Watch. This. Show. This BBC cult hit is like nothing else on television, and the main actor, Tatiana Maslany, takes on an increasing number of incredibly diverse characters. Every critic raves on and on about it—while announcers giggle and admit they’ve never seen it. So I’m imploring you, as your favorite entertainment editor who would never steer you wrong: Watch this critical darling, and decide for yourself if TV’s top reviewers are right for being shocked at this across-the-board snub.
#3: Last Year’s Big TV Winners
Some of the categories got a little boring last year, with industry favorites Modern Family and Big Bang Theory winning. Again. This year? Not a single nomination for either one of ‘em.
#4: Gone Girl
This juicy thriller was the talk of the year, yet its omission from two major categories got fans in a tizzy. Director David Fincher and Rosamund Pike, who plays the stunning, troubled amazing Amy, were both nominated, but the film itself—and Ben Affleck’s magnificent role of a lifetime? Nada.
Both Unbroken and American Sniper were considered heavy favorites to clean up this awards season, with names such as Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and newcomer Jack O’Connell being bandied about. But when the Golden Globe nominations were announced, these two super-American films heard crickets. Are the international HFPA members making a not-too-subtle statement?
Of course, all of these snubs leave room for new blood. The biggest surprises on the winning side? The movie with the most wins: Birdman, starring comeback kid Michael Keaton. We’ll see if it pulls a sweep in January. And then there’s little Quvenzhane Wallis from Annie. The 11-year-old is the youngest woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (at 9, for Beasts of the Southern Wild) and snagged herself a Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nom for the Golden Globes this year.