Golden Globes 2019: Snubs and surprises

There’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to the mercurial Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its Golden Globe nominations, but this year saw a number of surprises, like the dominance of Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney film Vice, and a number of truly shocking exclusions.


This was supposed to be Sam Elliott’s year. The veteran character actor delivered a powerful performance as Jackson Maine’s brother in A Star Is Born, which many still think will earn the 74-year-old his first ever Oscar nomination. But the HFPA had a different plan for the baritone-voiced Elliott (a two-time Globes nominee), and instead, surprised with a supporting actor nomination for Sam Rockwell’s turn as George W. Bush in Vice.


Poland’s Cold War, one of the most highly acclaimed foreign language films of the year, was shockingly shut out of the foreign language category. There were a few locks, like Mexico’s Roma, from director Alfonso Cuaron, Lebanon’s Capernaum and even Japan’s Shoplifters. But Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cannes-winning romance between two mismatched people was supposed to be one as well. Belgium’s Girl, a Netflix film, was the surprise inclusion here. The film about a transgender girl training to be a ballerina has been the subject of some criticism for its depiction of trans people.


When it comes to television the HFPA has tended to favor the new, but many were surprised to see Atlanta left off the list for best television series, musical or comedy, which included such unexpected choices as Kidding and The Kominsky Method. Donald Glover scored an acting nomination for the series, however.

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