From Meryl Streep in The Prom, Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods, Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

From the actors of Minari to Black-led dramas like Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom absent from Best Drama category, here are the biggest snubs and surprises from the Golden Globes nominations' list

The New York Times February 04, 2021 10:48:28 IST
From Meryl Streep in The Prom, Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods, Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

With the Golden Globes, it’s best to expect the unexpected, and during an awards season this atypical, there’s an even higher chance of weird and wacky nominations. That’s why, though major movies like Nomadland and The Trial of the Chicago 7 scored when the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Wednesday, it’s the out-of-left-field picks and startling exclusions that have everybody in Hollywood talking.

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Here are some of the Globes’ most notable snubs and surprises.

The Biggest Snubs

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

A still from Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods: Just two years after the Golden Globes gave Spike Lee a nice spread of four nominations for BlacKkKlansman, the group brutally snubbed his new film across the board: Lee’s Vietnam-veteran drama Da 5 Bloods earned no acting nominations (for Delroy Lindo or Chadwick Boseman) and was blanked in the drama, director, and screenplay categories, too. Making things even more awkward? Lee’s children Satchel and Jackson were chosen to serve as Golden Globe ambassadors this year, of all years.

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Black-led dramas: In a marquee year for Black ensemble films like One Night in Miami, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Judas and the Black Messiah, the Golden Globes picked absolutely none of them for the best-drama final five, instead selecting Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Father, Mank and Promising Young Woman. (The same five movies were nominated in the screenplay category, too.) Though One Night in Miami scored a director nomination for Regina King, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Judas and the Black Messiah earned key acting nominations, their exclusion from the top category is still eyebrow-raising.

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Meryl Streep (left) and James Corden in The Prom

Meryl Streep: The Golden Globes love Meryl Streep — she is, by far, the most nominated person in the history of this awards show. (They are so eager to nominate Streep that even including her name in this article may have made it eligible for a raft of nominations — I’ll have to check!) And yet, in a year where Streep could have collected two new best-actress nods for her comic work in The Prom and Let Them All Talk, the Globes pointedly excluded her from the Zoom invite.

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Still from Minari

The actors of Minari: The Golden Globes continue to abide by an archaic rule that shunts an American film like Minari to the foreign-language film category simply because of the amount of Korean dialogue. The same problem befell The Farewell last year, though that film at least managed one other nomination in the best actress in a comedy or musical category, which Awkwafina ended up winning. While the family drama Minari can boast two critically acclaimed performances by Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-Jung, it earned nominations for neither.

The Biggest Surprises

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Still from Music

Music: This Sia-directed musical previously garnered the bulk of its headlines when the musician-filmmaker got in a Twitter spat about casting a neurotypical actress in an autistic role. Then, out of nowhere, the movie drew two marquee Golden Globe nominations for best comedy or musical and lead actress Kate Hudson. Congratulations, Music: You’re this year’s designated Golden Globe head-scratcher!

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Jared Leto in The Little Things

Jared Leto: Instead of nominating supporting actors like Paul Raci, so wonderful in Sound of Metal, or Chadwick Boseman, whose role in Da 5 Bloods could have made him a double nominee, the Golden Globes picked Jared Leto for his Criminal Minds-level performance as a possible serial killer in The Little Things. Baffling!

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Jodie Foster in Mauritanian

The Mauritanian: Excluded from most awards predictions, this under-the-radar legal drama about a Guantánamo Bay prisoner made a strong showing, earning a best-actor nomination for Tahar Rahim and a supporting-actress nomination for Jodie Foster. Rahim will face an uphill battle to break into the Oscars’ final five in a very crowded year, but Foster’s got a shot and the movie itself just moved to the top of many voters’ screener piles.

From Meryl Streep in The Prom Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

Regina King on sets of her directorial One Night in Miami

Three women for best director: Three years ago, Natalie Portman very pointedly introduced the Globes’ best-director category by saying, “Here are the all-male nominees.” This year, the Globes made up for their history of snubbing female directors with a vengeance: For the first time, a majority of the best-director nominees — Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Regina King (One Night in Miami), and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) — were women, in a category where only five women had ever been nominated before.

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