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Golden Globes 2018: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Who got the shaft, and who made us say "Whaaa?"

Tim Surette

The Golden Globe Awards, the most rebellious maverick of all the awards shows, did it once again on Sunday night in a hailstorm of snubbery and surprisery! The Globes is the show where all bets are off, with the cabal behind the ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, often handing out trophies to first timers and lesser-known stars. The flip side of that is heavy favorites often go home empty handed, forced to wait for the Emmys for someone to recognize them.

So who got snubbed? And what were the most shocking wins of the night? Let's run 'em down.


Freddie Highmore, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for The Good Doctor
This is one of those categories that needed to hand out a few awards -- and let's not kid ourselves, winner Sterling K. Brown is always welcome at the podium -- but Highmore's performance as an autistic doctor is a breakout performance on the most popular new show on television. That's typically catnip for the HFPA. And you know what else? Jason Bateman and Bob Odenkirk were also splendid. Someone was going to get snubbed no matter what.

David Thewlis, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Fargo
Alexander Skarsgard won the award, and that's not a bad thing. But Thewlis was incredible as the most insane criminal in television's most insane crime series. We're still haunted by his teeth and urinating in Season 3 of the FX anthology, and he's set a new bar for twisted villains.

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Reese Witherspoon, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Big Little Lies
Hey, Nicole got the Emmy, does she really need the Globe too? Let's give some hardware to the equally great performance from Witherspoon, who maybe didn't have the meaty character storyline that Kidman had, but still played the part to a T. At least she'll get another chance to score the Globe when the "limited series" returns for Season 2.


Rachel Brosnahan, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's actually seen Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but Brosnahan is one of those names that hasn't quite cracked the mainstream yet (though the same could be said of much of her competition in this category). Mrs. Maisel is also on Amazon, the least-watched outlet of the competition, and the series is still sparklingly new, having just come out in late November. By contrast, critics have been talking up GLOW's Alison Brie, Insecure's Issa Rae and Better Things' Pamela Adlon for much longer, giving them a slight edge. But that's how the HFPA do -- they love the underdog (and Amazon, oddly enough).

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for I, Tonya
Everyone and their mother's mother thought that Laurie Metcalf was going to run away with this for her performance in Lady Bird, but awards magnet Janney -- who has won seven Emmys and was nominated for six more -- took the prize. Fun fact? It's the first Golden Globe win for Janney in her sixth try (she was 0 for 5 for The West Wing). Throw it in the closet with the rest of your trophies, Allison.

Ewan McGregor, Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
No offense to young Obi-Wan, but Fargo's third season was the worst of the bunch and the highlight was clearly David Thewlis' performance. Also, it's incredible that the HFPA didn't jump all over Kyle McLachlan in Twin Peaks, which is such a Golden Globes type of series, or that it skipped over Robert De Niro, who is literally the most famous actor in the entire world.

Hardly Anything for Netflix
Netflix dominated the 2017 Emmys and earned twice as many nominations as its streaming competitors Hulu and Amazon at this year's Golden Globes (Netflix had 12, Hulu and Amazon had three apiece). Only Aziz Ansari got a Netflix Globe for Master of None, while Hulu and Amazon each won two for The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, respectively. Oof. That has to hurt for the streaming industry's biggest player.