Some of these are real head scratchers.
The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced early Monday morning, which means outrage over some of the puzzling choices was quick to follow on social media.
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— Alma Har'el🌪 (@Almaharel) December 9, 2019
Made films this year that reached people and touched them.
That’s our awards.
No one can take that away.
me @ the golden globes director category pic.twitter.com/5SxLcqXeSQ— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) December 9, 2019
I’m going to try not to lose my cool, but...— next elf to accept an EGOT 🎄 (@TheJosieMarie) December 9, 2019
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
Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Alma Ha'rel (Honey Boy), Greta Gerwig (Little Women)— Levi @FF x !GWAK party (@LeviSnafu) December 9, 2019
All snubbed. Not a single female director nominated this year, despite their films receiving nominations in other categories and awards. Don't tell me this business is fair. #GoldenGlobes
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???— jubilant jules (@nolanleaks) December 9, 2019
Split Over Todd Phillips
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— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) December 9, 2019
Me watching Film Twitter have a collective aneurysm at Todd Phillips getting that director nom over their faves pic.twitter.com/4NdPUM8igI— donnia (@fincherism) December 9, 2019
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— brandon (@celesteswright) December 9, 2019
the golden globes nominated todd phillips for best director over greta gerwig, lulu wang, marielle heller, and lorene scafaria.... AND FOR WHAT? pic.twitter.com/X3bEyFvKkr— h (@youresoartdeco) December 9, 2019
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— iggy | イッギー (@offbrandwagner) December 9, 2019
When They See Us Totally MIA
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 is trending nationally. A good thing. More light on the Exonerated 5 and the system of mass criminalization this nation has constructed. For more, watch the project on @Netflix. For even more, go to @ColorofChange or @Innocence. xo pic.twitter.com/woPpSOY3eZ— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 9, 2019
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 !— Aurora Perrineau (@AuroraPerrineau) December 9, 2019
Love to my WTSU fam 🖤
the fact that regina king, zendaya, jharrel jerome, lupita and when they see us were all shut out of the golden globes ... hmm i wonder what they have in common 🧐🧐🧐— aki (@inejghafaswife) December 9, 2019
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.— Logan Browning (@LoganLaurice) December 9, 2019
WHERE IS WHEN THEY SEE US?
Oh right, they don’t.
catch 22 over when they see us ....... make that make sense— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) December 9, 2019
.@goldenglobes are y’all ok?? The HFPA just wholly snubbed ‘When They See Us’ — not even giving its Emmy-winning actor a nomination. I am confusion.— Trey Mangum (@treymangum) December 9, 2019
## No Love for Lupita Lupita 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.
When They See Us getting ZERO Golden Globe nominations tells you everything you need to know about the #GoldenGlobes.— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) December 9, 2019
The absence of Lupita Nyong'o for Us is just astounding.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 9, 2019
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.
It's depressing that the #GoldenGlobes did. pic.twitter.com/oADiZQPSIe
lupita nyong'o delivered what is arguably the best performance of the year and you cannot tell me otherwise.. seeing her get snubbed is an absolute shame pic.twitter.com/KJ6t3vaJ6r— dinosaur (@theliqhthouse) December 9, 2019
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— Dylan (@lnteleon) December 9, 2019
the range both zendaya & lupita have,,,, scarjo only wishes pic.twitter.com/AxgxtOwvsW— nicole ⧗ (@spideygar) December 9, 2019
i wish horror wasn’t ignored when it comes to award season. both florence pugh in midsommar and lupita nyong’o in us deserved recognition pic.twitter.com/fs1rCVZAuy— ً (@touchnick) December 9, 2019
the golden globes didn’t nominate lupita or zendaya pic.twitter.com/aEDgXPwjhu— jess ⛄️ (@artinventcr) December 9, 2019
## Some to Celebrate No, 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.
so....according to the golden globes us (2019) dir. jordan peele just didn’t exist and lupita was just watching paint dry this year okay— lupita nyong’o nation! (@bttlerocket) December 9, 2019
#Joker has been nominated for 4 #GoldenGlobes, including Best Picture - Drama, Best Director - Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor - Drama, and Best Original Score. Congrats to everyone involved! #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/aGGmeEoC9Q— Joker Movie (@jokermovie) December 9, 2019
Meryl Streep has now extended her #GoldenGlobes nomination record to 32— joyce eng (@joyceeng61) December 9, 2019