Surprising Snubs from the 2017 Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globes were released today, one day after the yet-to-be-nationally-released (read: I haven’t seen it) La La Land won big at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and, as usual, some had to get snubbed.

Here are a brief list of no-shows from this year’s list of film nominees (Sorry, no TV here). Note: I have not seen all of the film’s nominated (and not nominated), so some of these list items might not be so surprising in retrospect.


Best Actor – Tom Hanks, Sully


America’s dad Tom Hanks appeared in Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic Sully this past fall and, unsurprisingly, gained acclaimed for the role. While the film itself is flawed in spots, Hanks’ performance is certainly the film’s highlight. Him not receiving a Golden Globe nomination is surprising. A little love for Viggo Mortenson in the lesser-seen Captain Fantastic is commendable on the HFPA’s part, and it is arguably a more nuanced performance than Hanks’. Still, it was expected that Hanks would have rounded out the top five in his category.


Best Supporting Actor – Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


The man received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his turn as the bristly detective within the frame story of Nocturnal Animals. But Michael Shannon could not make the list for the GGs. Surprisingly, Nocturnal Animals still received a lot of love, including a nomination in Shannon’s category for Aaron Taylor-Johnson. While Taylor-Johnson is downright spine-chilling in the film, Shannon is the real scene stealer in the film’s novel-within-a-movie. Given this and that Dev Patel is by no means a “Supporting Actor” in Lion, Shannon should have been here.


Best Supporting Actor – Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea


Same category, different problem. Young and up-and-comer though he is, Lucas Hedges made a splash in Manchester by the Sea, a film that co-star Casey Affleck will likely win a Golden Globe for. However, Affleck alone does not make this film. It is the relationship between Affleck and Hedges that allows for the film to have emotional weight. The pair’s chemistry is perfectly constructed, and Hedges gives a truly wonderful performance.


Best Original Song – “Drive it Like You Stole It,” Sing Street


The delightful Irish coming of age rock opera Sing Street was a critical darling earlier in 2016. The film’s refrain, “Drive it Like You Stole It,” did not make the cut for the Golden Globe song category, though. The real contest of the category is between the shoo-in La La Land song and “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana, but it would have been nice to see some love for the heartwarming indie in this category.


Pretty Much Everything – Silence


Martin Scorsese’s new epic missionary tale Silence has only recently been given the awards season push. The film didn’t even have a release date two months ago, now it is on the cusp of a national release. This lack of exposure could have added a level of prestige to the project that would vault the film onto the radar of the HFPA. Instead, it has been forgotten. Silence earned exactly zero nominations. By the time the Oscars come around, the film will likely pop up in a few categories, but a complete shutout here is not helpful to the film’s cause.


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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)


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