While the teams behind a number of high-profile awards hopefuls were celebrating after the 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday morning — particularly those behind Vice and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which dominated the film and TV nominations respectively — the people behind a number of other expected contenders were likely licking their wounds after being left out of all or many categories.
On the film side, Oscar hopefuls The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ben Is Back, First Reformed, The Hate U Give, Hereditary, Mary Queen of Scots, On the Basis of Sex, Private Life, The Rider and Widows were all shut out. Critically acclaimed titles Paddington 2 and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again were also shut out, despite the Hollywood Foreign Press’ fondness for musicals. Meanwhile, John Krasinski’s acclaimed directorial debut A Quiet Place only earned one nomination, for best score, and Eighth Grade, after a strong showing with indie film organizations over the past month, only earned one nomination. Other surprising film omissions included no songs from Mary Poppins Returns being nominated in the best song category and, after Natalie Portman called out the Hollywood Foreign Press for its lack of female director nominees last year, this year — again — no women were nominated for that top film director prize, despite the existence of multiple critically acclaimed female-directed films. While casual observers may have been surprised to see Roma left out of the best drama film category, the Spanish-language title was not eligible for that category, which only honors English-language movies. Still, actress Yalitza Aparicio, who delivers a breakthrough performance in the Alfonso Cuaron-directed, autobiographical film, also failed to earn a nomination.
Although Black Panther, First Man, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Poppins Returns and A Star Is Born earned multiple nominations, some of the high-profile talent behind those films wasn’t recognized in acting, directing or writing categories. Specifically, while Black Panther broke through with a best film nod, none of its stars were nominated for acting awards and writer-director Ryan Coogler failed to earn a best director or screenplay nomination. Claire Foy earned a best supporting actress nomination for First Man, but neither director Damien Chazelle nor star Ryan Gosling earned nods for the Neil Armstrong film. The film also failed to score a best screenplay nod. Beale Street fared similarly to Black Panther and First Man, but did earn a screenplay nod. But Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight follow-up came up empty-handed in the lead acting categories and didn’t land a best director nod. Poppins was fairly widely represented (apart from the aforementioned songs snub) but director Rob Marshall failed to earn a best director nod for his multi-nominated film. A Star Is Born also earned recognition across the board but supporting actor Sam Elliott failed to score a nod. Fellow five-time nominees The Favourite and Green Book were left out of best director (Yorgos Lanthimos) and supporting actress (Linda Cardellini) categories.
On the TV side, American Horror Story, Black-ish, Better Call Saul, Little Drummer Girl, Maniac, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley,This Is Us, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Yellowstone were all shut out, as was House of Cards, which failed to earn any nominations for its final, Kevin Spacey-less season, which debuted on Netflix last month.
Also HBO’s Succession and Showtime’s Patrick Melrose only earned one nomination each, for actors Kieran Culkin and Benedict Cumberbatch, despite prognosticators predicting both titles would earn more nods. And the critically acclaimed second seasons of past Globes (and Emmy) contenders Atlanta and GLOW were only recognized with one Golden Globe award nomination apiece.
(The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.)