The 2020 Golden Globes nominations are even more baffling and frustrating than usual
The Golden Globes have a reputation for being absolutely bonkers. Tackling both television and film in one ceremony is a daunting task that the Golden Globes are never really equipped to pull off.
The list of nominations is massive, and with so much territory to cover, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is never able to really get it right. And the 2020 Golden Globes nominations are no different, with some baffling picks and some truly unforgivable snubs.
For the 77th annual Golden Globes, it seems the HFPA managed to reverse course from its strikingly diverse list of nominees in 2019. This year's nominations are led by Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, with six nominations. Right behind is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman, with five each. And then there's the whole drama category, which seemed to overlook Waves, The Lighthouse, and Queen and Slim, to instead sneak Joker in there. Actually, Joker managed to pull out four nominations, with Todd Phillips nabbing a nod for directing, over the likes of Noah Baumbach and Taika Waititi.
Most glaringly though, in a year of extraordinary filmmaking from female directors, not one woman was nominated in the category. While Greta Gerwig was the assumed favorite for her upcoming Little Women, the nominating body also ignored Olivia Wilde's Booksmart debut and Lulu Wang's The Farewell. Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers was a masterful adaptation featuring a whole cast of incredible female performances. Alma Har’el gave us Honey Boy, and Marielle Heller helmed It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, but none of them managed to find a spot in the list of Best Directors. Actually, the HFPA hasn't nominated a woman for the award since Ava DuVernay in 2014, and a woman hasn't won since Barbra's Streisand's 1983 win for Yentl. Natalie Portman made it a point to call out the exclusion of women in the category last year, but the HFPA seemed to pay no mind. Those watching the nominations did though.
It’s never about not having worthy female directors in the mix. It’s about systemic sexism. #GoldenGlobes— Manuel Betancourt (@bmanuel) December 9, 2019
Good morning to everyone that’s writing me about the #goldenglobes
I feel you but know this.
I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us.
Do not look for justice in the awards system.
We are building a new world. https://t.co/IK7YNy5J5S— Alma Har'el (@Almaharel) December 9, 2019
Among the other nominees, some nice surprises include Awkwafina's nomination for her powerful turn in The Farewell, as well as Jennifer Lopez and Taron Egerton's nominations. Dolemite is My Name also managed to sneak in two nominations. But with those wins also come big holes like the shut out of Waves, Queen and Slim, and The Lighthouse. After a recent strong run in critical circles, it was also expected that Lupita Nyong'o my find a nomination for Us, which didn't come to fruition. Most strikingly, Robert De Niro didn't get a nomination for The Irishman, and Adam Sandler's award seasons dream dulled a bit with his snub for Uncut Gems.
When it comes to television, the Globes managed to partially give credit where it's due: having missed the eligibility period for September's Emmys ceremony, Unbelievable is proving just how powerfully it resonated with audiences, locking in four major category nominations. But outside of that well-deserved recognition, the remainder of the list is dotted with confusing snubs and surprise nominations. Game of Thrones was nearly shut out entirely, with the exception of a strange Kit Harington nomination for Best Actor. Schitt's Creek, Ted Danson, and Veep also found no love, with the Globes seeming to prefer newcomer The Politician, which is... a choice.
Most surprisingly, the critically acclaimed When They See Us and the up and coming Watchmen received no praise either. In a year where stories about people of color thrived, the Golden Globe nominations managed to overlook powerful work from Ava DuVernay, Regina King, and Jharrel Jerome. It's beyond looking negligent—it's flagrantly out of touch. Titles like The Morning Show or Catch-22 taking spots from the aforementioned stories feels a bit like the HFPA was more interested in sparkly movie stars than actual storytelling.
With that, below is a rundown of this year's nominees. Pour one out for Adam Sandler, Zhao Shuzhen, and any female who wants to do anything behind a camera or writer's room.
Here's the full list of Golden Globe 2020 nominations.