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Golden Globes surprises and snubs: Maniac, Haunting of Hill House, Ryan Coogler, and more shut out

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Dec 6, 2018

The nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, and while some were very much expected, there were a number of pretty big genre surprises and snubs.

Several high-profile titles, like Netflix's Maniac and The Haunting of Hill House, were snubbed, despite scoring incredibly high with critics. In particular, Cary Fukunaga's Maniac — a trippy American adaptation of its Norwegian counterpart —was hailed by critics as some of the best television of 2018, so why didn't it nab any nominations for its leads, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and the series as a whole? Netflix scored just one nomination for Alison Brie in the cosplay-tripping GLOW.

Compared to last year, when The Handmaid's Tale got nominated (and won) Best Drama Series, Hulu's dystopian series underperformed, with just two drama acting nods for Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski.

When it comes to directors, there were two big snubs: for Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Damien Chazelle (First Man). Coogler has much to be proud of, however, as Panther is the first superhero movie in history to be nominated in the best drama category. It is a shame that Michael B. Jordan wasn't recognized for his powerhouse performance as Erik Killmonger, perhaps the best and most relatable villain in the MCU to date.

Chazelle should have been a top contender after winning the Golden Globe and Oscar for best director for La La Land. It's also pretty surprising that Ryan Gosling was left out in the vacuum of space after a moving performance as Neil Armstrong.

We're also pretty broken up over the fact that Ted Danson (The Good Place) wasn't nominated for lead actor in a musical or comedy, despite the fact that a video of him flossing went viral. In addition, HBO's Westworld scored just one nod, for Thandie Newton's performance as Maeve — perhaps a sign that the more confusing second season didn't hit its mark with Golden Globe voters. And what about critical favorite Toni Collette in Hereditary and J.K. Simmons in Counterpart?

The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 6 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Sandra Oh (a nominee for Killing Eve) and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) are hosting the ceremony.


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