Golden Globes 2019: Snubs, Surprises and a Few WTFs

Ryan Gosling and his “First Man” director Damien Chazelle didn’t get any love (and neither did ANY female filmmakers) while the series that won best drama last year was missing from the category, despite another incredible season.

The nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards dropped on Thursday and as usual, there was no shortage of snubs and surprises, and even a few WTF head scratchers from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — a body of judges that has a history of making some strange decisions, like naming space drama "The Martian" the best comedy of 2015.

TooFab wholeheartedly congratulates all of the nominees, even a few that we think came out of left field, but we can’t help but mourn the loss of nominations for other deserving movies, TV shows and actors.

Read on to see if you agree, and then yell at us in the comments section or on social media if you don’t.


‘First Reformed’

Writer and director Paul Schrader returned to top form with this thought-provoking religious drama starring Ethan Hawke as a priest facing a crisis of faith, but it didn’t get any love from the HFPA. It’s a snub and surprise that the organization wouldn’t jump at the chance to honor the comeback film from the guy who famously wrote cinematic classics "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" — both former Golden Globe nominees — and directed "American Gigolo" (another past nominee) before churning out a number of duds, including one of Lindsay Lohan’s worst movies, "The Canyons." People who loved this film will be floored that Schrader did not get a nomination for writing or directing, while Hawke was also ignored after giving one of the finest performances of his career.

‘First Man’

This is not a good year for movies "First" in the title. "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle turned in his best work yet when he re-teamed with Ryan Gosling for this spectacular drama taking viewers inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft to journey with Neil Armstrong to the Moon. We stress with because the director succeeded in making us feel like we were along for the ride on every tense mission Armstrong went on as he prepared to make history as the first man to walk on the moon in the summer of ’69. We felt Armstrong’s nerves and what was at stake as NASA worked tirelessly throughout the ’60s to make President John F. Kennedy’s dream of American superiority in space a reality. Gosling’s quiet performance was ignored — as most quiet performances usually are — but the true crime here is ignoring Chazelle, the visionary behind this stunning space adventure. At least co-star Claire Foy snagged a supporting actress nomination for her role as Armstrong’s wife, Janet, who was the backbone of his family while he was busy competing in the Cold War space race.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Lead actress Elisabeth Moss and supporting star Yvonne Strahovsk both scored nominations, but the Hulu show was ignored in the Best TV Series, Drama category. That’s a real shame, because this show keeps getting better with age as the Handmaids’ revolution against the fundamentalist, oppressive patriarchy finally begins.


Alison Brie scored a lead actress nomination for her role on this Netflix comedy about female wrestlers trying to make it big in the ’80s, but her supporting co-star, Betty Gilpin, was robbed along with the entire series, which is currently one of the richest comedies on television. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and takes full advantage of its premise to tackle tough topics — like sexual harassment in the entertainment industry — that feel just as relevant today as they were when the men in charge back then were busy sweeping them under the rug.


Donald Glover’s FX series isn’t just one of the best comedies on television, it’s one of the best shows, period. The HFPA gave Glover love in the Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy category, but fans and critics probably won’t be satisfied.


"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen returned to cinemas this year with a powerhouse ensemble cast– including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson — in a sophisticated heist movie that thrilled audiences, kept them guessing until the end and tackled some serious subject matter. But yet, it was completely shut out of the Golden Globes, despite being the best crime movie of the year, offering popcorn entertainment and poignant social commentary. Considering the HFPA loves to mix in crowd pleasers with typical Oscar bait, we’re surprised they didn’t jump on this commercial thriller with art-house sensibility.

Sam Elliott

The HFPA loved Bradley Cooper’s "A Star Is Born" remake, nominating it in five categories, but they left this 74-year-old supporting actor high and dry. Top awards prognosticators were expecting a nomination for the Hollywood veteran, and so were we, since he moved us to tears as the caring older brother and tour manager of Cooper’s thankless alcoholic country rock star character.


Fans of the HBO sci-fi series about robots revolting in an immersive theme park should be happy to see standout star Thandie Newton land a best supporting actress nomination, but are very likely scratching their heads wondering why series standout Ed Harris didn’t get any recognition as well as why "Westworld" didn’t land in the Best TV Series, Drama category. It’s one of the smartest, best-written shows on television, combining a high concept with masterful storytelling while exploring humanity’s deepest philosophical and ethical questions about artificial intelligence.


Elsie Fisher

This nomination was a pleasant surprise in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category, considering she’s only 15 and her breakout film, “Eighth Grade,” wasn’t nominated in any other categories. We highly doubt she’ll win, but the red carpet attention for Fisher will be among the feel-good stories of this awards season and is a win for teenage girls across the country.

‘Green Book’

The buddy road movie starring Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer hired to drive a world-class black pianist (Mahershala Ali) through some of America’s most racist territories in the ’60s is another feel-good story. We figured it would get some love because critics praised the stars, but the HFPA honored it in five different categories. We’re not going to hate on it, because it is very enjoyable and the subject matter feels as timely as ever, but we are surprised considering critics seemed to just like not love "Dumb and Dumber" director Peter Farrelly’s first dramatic film. Naturally, the HFPA nominated it in all comedic categories.

John David Washington and Adam Driver

With the horrific resurgence of white supremacy in America over the last few years, it’s no surprise that Spike Lee’s latest joint, "BlacKkKlansman," is a Golden Globes contender. The film adapts the true story of African-American detective Ron Stallworth infiltrating a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by responding to a recruitment ad over the phone, then sending a white detective undercover to play the character he created on the fly. It’s a wild story that we’re happy to see get more attention, but we weren’t sure if its stars, John David Washington and Adam Driver, would score nominations for their performances. To be clear, we’re not complaining that they did. Another surprise: It’s nominated as a drama despite its comedic approach to telling the story of the first and only black man to join the most racist organization in the United States.

Connie Britton in ‘Dirty John’

Bravo is best known for reality TV guilty pleasures like all 10,000 "Real Housewives" franchises, but this nomination shows that the network’s charge into scripted programming is paying off. Reviews for this adaptation of a true crime podcast about a deadly doctor manipulating a new wife were okay, not great, and it’s only aired two episodes, so we were caught off guard when Britton nabbed a nom in the Best Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie category.

Sacha Baron Cohen

This international clown of mystery was last nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 after "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" became a cultural phenomenon, but his latest series of undercover pranks on Showtime’s "Who Is America?" didn’t make as much of an impact, so we didn’t expect to see Cohen named as a contender in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy category. While surprised, it’s another instance where we have to stress we’re not complaining. TooFab covered the show every week over the summer, and we were absolutely floored by Cohen’s ability to disappear into character(s) and bring out the absolute worst in the real people he interacted with.

A Few WTFs

  • Only four nominations for network TV? Well, if that’s not a sign that basic cable is dying, we don’t know what is.

  • No love for "This Is Us"? We agree this season is, so far, the weakest of the three, but the cast of this addictive ensemble drama is still killing it. Considering this NBC hit was an HFPA darling the last two years, it’s not just a surprise it was completely ignored, it’s shocking. Sterling K. Brown won a Globe last year for his portrayal of Randall Pearson. It would have been nice to see co-star Milo Ventimiglia get some love for digging into super dad Jack Pearson’s traumatic past.

  • What about Ted Danson?! Kristen Bell landed a nomination for her work as a lead actress on NBC’s "The Good Place," which also is in the running for best comedy series. Mysteriously missing from the nominations list was Danson, who just won an Emmy for his performance in the beloved show. Perhaps the HFPA figured they already gave him enough love with 11 previous nominations and three wins over the course of his celebrated career.

  • No female directors? If only Natalie Portman was on hand to call out the HFPA like she did last year for only nominating male filmmakers in the directing category…again. Plus, the 10 best picture nominees, separated into drama and comedy/musical categories, were all directed by men. Meanwhile, arielle Heller’s "Can You Ever Forgive Me," Tamara Jenkins’ "Private Life" and Debra Granik’s "Leave No Trace" were three of the best films of the year.

The Golden Globes will air live on NBC on both coasts Sunday, January 6 from 8-11pm ET.

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