Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gets called out for their somewhat baffling decisions and today was no different. Most of the criticism isn't anything new either, as the HFPA was once again questioned for its lack of female and PoC nominees -- with Ava DuVernay and her "When They See Us" cast being the most glaring omission of them all.
Also among the notable snubs: "Game of Thrones," which only garnered one nomination for its final season, "Veep," which got zero for its swan song, Adam Sandler and "Uncut Gems" getting no love and shows including "Watchmen," "Euphoria" and "Schitt's Creek" getting shut out too. Many also believed Jeremy Strong deserved a shoutout for his work on "Succession," after the HBO show picked up a few nominations.
While those snubs and surprises hurt, here are the 5 that quickly started trending on Twitter.
Where Are the Female Directors?
Natalie Portman famously called out the HFPA during the awards themselves in 2018 after they didn't nominate any female directors. The unfortunate trend continued in 2019 and again for 2020. Today's nominations mark the fifth year in a row the HFPA has only recognized the work of men, despite there being no shortage of women to celebrate.
Among the women who could have been nominated: Greta Gerwig for "Little Women," Lorene Scafaria for "Hustlers," Lulu Wang for "The Farewell," "Honey Boy" helmer Alma Har'el and Olivia Wilde for "Booksmart." Har'el was one of the many tweeting about the snub this morning.
Lulu Wang Mati Diop Greta Gerwig Olivia Wilde Lorene Scafaria Marielle Heller Melina Matsoukas Chinonye Chukwu Céline Sciamma
Made films this year that reached people and touched them.
HOW CAN THERE BE NO WOMEN IN THE BEST DIRECTOR CATEGORY WITH ALL THE FILMS RELEASED THIS YEAR WHEN THERE IS A RECORD-BREAKUNG AMOUNT OF FEMALE DIRECTED FILMS EVER?! #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/CvpjJxv4KB
Super depressing that even in a year with several strong female directed awards contenders like Hustlers, Little Women, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Farewell, etc they still refuse to nominate them for director like bitch what do we have to do???
One of the men who was nominated for Best Director was "Joker" helmer Todd Phillips. The movie picked up four nominations total, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix's performance and Best Original Score.
While fans of the DC film celebrated the nomination, critics of the villain's origin story were much less enthused. The nomination also stung even more to those who were hoping any woman would be recognized in the category.
When Todd Phillips gets nominated over Greta Gerwig, Pedro Almodóvar, Noah Baumbach, Marielle Heller, Lorene Scafaria, Lulu Wang, Terrence Malick, the Safdie brothers, Jordan Peele, Robert Eggers, Alma Har'el, Fernando Meirelles, Rian Johnson and Tom motherfuckin' Hooper pic.twitter.com/2uJhTTUHDc
me taking todd phillips's golden globe nomination and giving it to alma har'el, lorene scafaria, lulu wang, greta gerwig, marielle heller, melina matsoukas, olivia wilde, jennifer kent, or any other woman pic.twitter.com/chgSBEZrDq
it is completely absurd to me that in a year where at least as many of the best films were directed by women as men, not one got nominated for best director YET todd phillips got nominated for his edgy boomer clown movie
Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us" earned 11 Primetime Emmy nominations earlier this year and picked up a win for Outstanding Lead Actor win for Jharrel Jerome. The Netflix series, however, was completely ignored by the HFPA in one of their most glaring omissions.
Series star Aurora Perrineau tweeted her disappointment, writing, "When they see us being snubbed by the Golden Globes is consistent with the way people can't talk about our stories. It was 'too hard to watch,' yet it is our reality. Proud of @ava and the Exonerated 5. Never stop telling our stories. Onward and upward!"
After the noms broke, actress Logan Browning -- who stars on Netflix's "Dear White People" -- also tweeted that "finding people of color is an unfruitful scavenger hunt." She added, "WHERE IS WHEN THEY SEE US? Oh right, they don't."
The lack of love for this show, paired with snubs for Zendaya and Lupita Nyong'o, didn't paint a flattering picture of the HFPA.
When they see us being snubbed by the Golden Globes is consistent with the way people can't talk about our stories. It was “too hard to watch”,yet it is our reality. Proud of @ava and the Exonerated 5. Never stop telling our stories.Onward and upward ! Love to my WTSU fam 🖤
The #goldebglobes noms just broke my heart. I didn't want to care, but Finding the people of color is an unfruitful scavenger hunt. All white, male directors. Whoever nominates needs the bubble they occupy popped ASAP. WHERE IS WHEN THEY SEE US? Oh right, they don't.
## No Love for LupitaLupita Nyong'o won raves for her performance in "Us," in which she played two extremely different characters. While her work as Adelaide captured the character's fear perfectly, her performance as Red was menacing, terrifying and absolutely worthy of a nomination. The snub comes after Lupita won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress over the weekend for the same film.
The absence of Lupita Nyong'o for Us is just astounding.
Playing both "Red" and "Adelaide" as so distinctive yet connected to the point that we weren't sure which was which is a performance I'll never forget.
lupita nyong'o didn't study spasmodic dysphonia, work with an ENT doctor, a vocal therapist, a dialect coach AND stay in character for the entirety of her time on set as a tethered just for the academy to nominate girls like scarlett johansson over her. i am absolutely disgusted pic.twitter.com/1aL46LkDn6
## Some to CelebrateNo, not every popular tweet about the Golden Globe nominations was a negative one. Here are some of the announcements that got fans celebrating their favorite stars, shows or films.