Golden Globes 2017: Snubs and Surprises
The 2017 Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and, as always, there were plenty of snubs and surprises.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A day after winning the Critics’ Choice Award for his performance in “The Walking Dead,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan was snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
Taraji P. Henson won the Globe last year for Best Actress in a Drama Series, but didn’t even get a nod this year. In fact, the entire show was shut out of the nominations.
‘Orange Is the New Black’
Another shut out this year was the HBO series “Orange Is the New Black,” which had received nominations in two consecutive years for Best Comedy Series.
Despite past recognition for the stars of “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Scandal,” Shondaland was overlooked by the Globes this year. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington did get a nod, however, in the limited series/TV movie category for her turn as Anita Hill in HBO’s “Confirmation.”
Martin Scorsese’s film about 17th century Catholic missionaries in Japan was completely shut out, despite HFP’s love for the director. One of the film’s stars, Andrew Garfield, did score a nod for his role in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” however.
Birth of a Nation
Despite its acclaim at Sundance, “Birth of a Nation” was also left without a nod, perhaps due to the enduring controversy surrounding its star and director Nate Parker.
Despite earning nominations for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, “Fences” was surprisingly left out of the Best Picture, Drama category. Washington did not score a nomination for Best Director, either.
It may have been surprising to see Davis nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, despite having won a Tony, alongside Washington, in the 2010 stage production of the drama. But, the actress said earlier in the fall that she would compete in that category instead of the highly competitive Best Actress category. Davis just scooped up the Critics’ Choice award for her supporting role in “Fences,” so perhaps she knows best.
‘Hell or High Water’
Despite its quiet late summer release, “Hell or High Water” had a surprisingly good showing in the Golden Globes nominations. The film scored a nod for best drama and its star Jeff Bridges for supporting actor as well as a nomination for Best Screenplay.
‘Black-ish’ appears to have finally broken through, earning its first nomination for Best Comedy Series. Stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were also nominated.
‘This Is Us’
Among the few network series to score nominations was the new drama “This Is Us,” which picked up three nods for stars Christy Metz and Mandy Moore in the supporting category as well as Best Drama Series.