Golden Globes nominations: 6 major snubs


Every year, awards season rolls around, and every year, I rage, seethe, and moan about all the projects that got unfairly snubbed. My reaction to the 2024 Golden Globe nominations is no different.

This year’s nominations were full of predictable (but deserved) nods to major awards season contenders, from movies like Barbie, Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, and Poor Things on the film side to shows like Succession, The Bear, and The Last of Us on the TV side. But for every deserving nominee, there are equally deserving titles that got little to no love from the Golden Globes.

From stellar animated films to underrated TV shows, here are the biggest snubs from this year’s Golden Globe awards.

Snubbed: Nimona and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

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Kicking off the Golden Globes’ head-scratching snubs is the baffling omission of these two wonderful films from the Best Animated Picture category. Based on the graphic novel by ND Stevenson, Nimona delivered fantasy adventure and queer celebration in equal measure. That it almost never made it to the screen makes its existence all the more important — and all the more worthy of recognition. Meanwhile, Mashable Film Editor Kristy Puchko called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem “a hyper-active romp that’s chaotically charming,” praising its dynamic animation style and pertinent allegorical storytelling.

Mutant Mayhem and Nimona‘s snubs hurt even more when considering that less innovative and resonant films like Wish and The Super Mario Bros. Movie made the cut. Both Mutant Mayhem and Nimona are absolutely worthy of standing alongside current category frontrunners The Boy and the Heron and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Snubbed: Reservation Dogs

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The final season of Sterlin Harjo’s Reservation Dogs was one of the best pieces of television in 2023, bar none — yet you wouldn’t know it from the Golden Globes nominations. The Globes failed to recognize this comedy in any of the television categories, a blow that stings even harder considering Reservation Dogs nabbed a nomination in 2022. This is a series that broke barriers for Indigenous onscreen representation, crafted moving explorations of grief and friendship, and built one of the best comedic ensembles on TV. But sure, let’s snub it in favor of Ted Lasso‘s middling third season.

Snubbed: Ferrari

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2023 was a big year for historical dramas, with Killers of the Flower Moon and Oppenheimer poised to take home a sizable chunk of awards season glory. But I wish that some of that (again, well-deserved glory) could be shared with Michael Mann’s commanding Ferrari, with nomination-worthy performances from Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz.

Snubbed: I’m a Virgo

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Boots Riley’s I‘m a Virgo is a surreal, hilarious, anticapitalist shot to the arm that should have joined fellow snubbee Reservation Dogs in the race for Best Comedy Series. Perhaps it was too weird for the Globes, who went with tamer choices like Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building, as well as comedies that are arguably closer to dramas, like The Bear and Barry. Extra egregious is the omission of Jharrel Jerome from the Best Actor race, as his performance as 13-foot-tall giant Cootie is a masterclass in physicality and vulnerability.

Snubbed: Priscilla

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Joining Ferrari in the under-loved biopic club is Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. Thankfully, the film picked up one nomination for Cailee Spaeny, whose brilliant turn as Priscilla Presley earned her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. Otherwise, though, the film was underrepresented, even though it could easily have found a home in the Best Picture or Best Director categories.

Snubbed: Mrs. Davis and Dead Ringers

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This year gave us two phenomenal limited series that weren’t afraid to get weird. With its tale of a nun fighting an all-powerful algorithm, Mrs. Davis took us on a bonkers journey from the Vatican to a heavenly falafel shop and beyond. Meanwhile, Dead Ringers reinvented David Cronenberg’s 1988 film of the same name with a focus on bodily autonomy — all with a heavy dose of medical horror, of course.

In a better world, these original, deeply strange shows would certainly have been recognized in the Limited Series category. I enjoyed Globes nominees like All the Light We Cannot See, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Lessons in Chemistry, but there’s no way I would put them above Dead Ringers or Mrs. Davis. Thankfully, Rachel Weisz earned a nomination for her dual performance in Dead Ringers — I wish Betty Gilpin’s work in Mrs. Davis could have received similar recognition.

The full list of Golden Globe nominees is here, for better or worse.

The 81st Golden Globes air Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can also stream them on Paramount+ and the CBS app.

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