The Golden Globes are known for their totally chaotic nominations, which every year have more than a few puzzling snubs, surprises and total shocks. 2021 was no different. While the show made history by nominating three female directors, the lack of Black-led films in the Best Picture race wasn't a good look. There were also a couple confusing noms and omissions on the TV side as well. Keep reading for a full breakdown!
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Emily In Paris grabbing two nominations was a bit of a surprise, as the Netflix series earned a nod for Best TV Series, Comedy and Best Actress for its star, Lily Collins.
Jared Leto wasn't exactly a front-runner for his work as a potential serial killer in Warner Bros.' The Little Things, so his nomination for Best Supporting Actor was a surprise — especially when Delroy Lindo was right there for Da 5 Bloods.
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Speaking of Da 5 Bloods, it didn’t get any nominations from the HFPA. The Spike Lee-directed film and its all-star cast were favored to get some love, but came up completely short. Making it all the more awkward: Da 5 Blood director Spike Lee’s kids are this year’s Globe ambassadors
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The HFPA failed to nominate Black-led films in general when it came to its top-tier Best Film categories. In addition to Da 5 Bloods, the organization didn't nominate One Night In Miami, Judas and the Black Messiah or Ma Rainey's Black Bottom — despite various acting and directing nods for the films.
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One movie that came out of nowhere was the Sia-directed Music, a film which generated some backlash for casting Maddie Ziegler as a character on the autism spectrum. While she wasn't nominated, the film and star Kate Hudson were.
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Completely shut out was HBO’s critically-acclaimed limited series I May Destroy You and its creator/writer/star Michaela Coel. The series wasn’t awarded a single nomination.
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Though Hulu's Normal People picked up nominations for Best Limited Series and star Daisy Edgar-Jones, the HFPA neglected to give the same love to star Paul Mescal — who earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the show.
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While HBO's much-buzzed about series Lovecraft Country earned a Best Drama nomination, the show’s leads were shut out of any acting categories. Both Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors felt like sure things.
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Another buzz-worthy series which was completely neglected: Bridgerton. The Netflix show — considered the streamer’s most popular series yet — wasn’t popular with the HFPA. Neither its stars or the show itself earned a single nomination.
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One show which got a surprising amount of support was Schitt's Creek. Not surprising because it's unwarranted, but because the Golden Globes had never nominated the show or anyone on it in the past. Looks like the HFPA finally jumped on the bandwagon for its final season, following an Emmys sweep.
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Though one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, Minari only picked up one nomination for Best Foreign Language film. While an American production, it was sent to the Foreign Language category and not Best Picture because of its Korean dialogue. That, however, doesn't make it ineligible for Best Director or acting categories.
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While it wasn't exactly a surprise to see Netflix's The Prom pick up a Best Picture nomination, it shocked many to see James Corden pick up a nomination for his work in the film — and NOT Meryl Streep. Streep also failed to get any attention for Let Them All Talk.
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While only five women had ever been nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes in the past, it was a banner year for films directed by women. Regina King, Emerald Fennell and Chloe Zhao were all nominated in the category for their work on One Night In Miami, Promising Young Woman and Nomadland, respectively.
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With its comedy categories, there was a pretty good chance The Boys would pick up a few nominations for its second season at the Globes —including noms for the show itself and star Anthony Starr. Unfortunately, it came up with nothing.