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Golden Globes: Missed Connections

Well, Golden Globe nominations are out, and yet again, there is a very clear list of misses, snubs and WTF situations that seem to mark the Globes each year.

Remember the year that James Franco missed out on a nomination for Milk, but got one for Pineapple Express? How about the year Red got a nom for comedy? Remember that laugh riot? Wait, do you remember the year The Tourist got nominated…for anything?

And as strange as those noms might have been, what the Globes are really known for are the shutouts.

The fact that great actors, great shows and great movies are so often overlooked by the Hollywood Foreign Press is a common occurrence by the kudocast that now it’s just a fact of Hollywood life.

Shows such as The Bob Newhart Show never took home a nomination, while its star never nabbed a nom for any turn in any series by the HFPA.

Want another example?

How about that Robert De Niro was never nommed for his prize-winning work in Godfather II?

Surprised? Don’t be. That’s the way the Globes crumble.

And now with this latest batch of nominees, or rather lack thereof, the Globes has again cemented its reputation as the odd duck of awards shows.

Here are this year’s big misses…

FILM

Mr. Peele? Paging Mr. Peele…

Photo by Kevin Edwards

While everyone is attempting to get their heads around how the year’s best horror movie is either  the laugh riot of the year or the songfest of 2017, we can all agree that the true horror of the situation was  the shut out of Jordan Peele as best helmer for Get Out.

There is no question that Get Out was one of the best movies of the year, which is a great achievement considering this is a year of great movies. For a horror movie to stand out  among the many great, albeit goofball, movies with a commentary toward today’s social and political standings is a credit to its director.

But yet, here we are.

More Bad News…

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot / Photo by Gage Skidmore

Oh yeah, a lot of female directors were also told the “Get out.” From indie darling Greta Gerwig to the savior of the DCU Patty Jenkins. So, if you helmed a movie starring an independent female thinker or a minority, well, maybe next time. But probably not.

Feeling A Bit Big Sick

The Big Sick co-writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani / Photo by PunkToad

Kumail Nanjiani’s quasi-autobiographical dark comedy went ignored by Globes, who apparently can handle only clearly marked comedy and musicals, but nothing in between. Also, it needs to re-label horror as either a comedy or a musical because Globes.

Detroit 

John Boyega in Detroit

One of the best reviewed movies of the year, and a movie that was once considered a cinch for the best Oscar race was completely missing from the Globes list.


Logan
’s Shun

Not even a nomination, bub.

Sorry, Logan. The Hollywood Foreign Press are apparently anti-mutant.

Sorry, Jen

Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing mother! and it’s star Jennifer Lawrence is nowhere to be found, an awkward moment between the Globes and J.Law considering she’s been a favorite of their for a past few years. Granted, one you have a baby-eating scene in your movie, it becomes a hard sell for the octogenarian voters of the Foreign Press, but Jenn’s sparkling personality was always good for the hard sell in the past.

The Lego Batman Movie

The funniest animated film of the year, and just one of the funniest films of the year was knocked off the list in favor of Boss Baby.

Monkey Business

Nothing for War For The Planet Of The Apes, which was one of the best movies of the year. The acting, writing and effects on this film were mind blowing and it

TV

No Love For Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan / Photo by Gage Skidmore

Seriously. Yes, it was a bit confusing at times, but holy hell, it was a confusing masterpiece.

Moments of true genius mixed on pure bemusement. And from The Return, David Lynch managed to produce not only astonishing moments of television, but pull inspirational turns from all those involved. From the three-tiered performance of Agent/ Dougie/ Evil Cooper to the angry confusion of a trapped Audrey. We were once again visiting old friends, who entertained us with their usual flair.

And the Globes refused the acknowledge their presence. Or the prowess of their creator.

Shame on you.

A Prayer To The American Gods

It is a shame that Hollywood Foreign Press opted to ignore this dazzling Starz take modern Gods, for a little recognition who have helped the future of the Bryan Fuller and Michael Green production, which looks a little hazy at best. Several weeks ago, the showrunners took leave of the show, leaving the drama in flux for a second season.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is MIA

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss / Photo by Stephanie Moreno for The Peabody Awards

I swear I thought she recused herself, much like John Larroquette did after his four consecutive wins.

In other news, I miss John Larroquette.

No Love For The Good Place

I think the HFPA needs to get in touch with its Dark Side.

By only recognizing happy musicals, cheerful comedies and clearly marked dramas, the associations is missing out on recognizing some of the best comedic writing of the year.

 

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