The nominees for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best films and television of 2018, were announced Thursday, and, as always, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made some unexpected choices. Here's our take on the snubs and surprises, of which there are some wild ones. Check out the full list of nominees here.
Atlanta: Atlanta is not only the best comedy series of 2018, but it's also the best series, period. The Globes not giving it a nomination is baffling, especially after giving it two trophies for its first season. For it to be excluded and The Kominsky Method included almost makes me wonder if there was a Moonlight/La La Land-style mix-up. Donald Glover managed to snag an acting nom, at least.
This Is Us: After earning series nominations for its first two seasons — and star Sterling K. Brown winning drama actor last year — broadcast drama's last great hope was shut out for Season 3. With the exception of The Americans, all the drama nominees are new series. Which brings us to the next snub...
The Handmaid's Tale: Last year's drama series winner got dropped after a somewhat lackluster Season 2. The Globes are not precious when it comes to legacy nominations, always preferring new over old, so it's not a huge surprise Handmaid's Tale didn't make it back as a nominee. But it's definitely a snub. The acclaimed Hulu series wasn't shut out, though, as reigning champ Elisabeth Moss and costar Yvonne Strahovski earned nominations.
Sam Elliott: A Star Is Born got five expected nominations, but it didn't get its projected sixth, which would have been Sam Elliott for supporting actor. He was considered a frontrunner for his moving performance in the movie that's probably going to win most of the Globes, but conventional wisdom was wrong on this one.
Widows: Maybe its weak box office hurt? But really, no love for Steve McQueen's acclaimed heist flick? Not for Viola Davis? Not even for McQueen and Gillian Flynn's tight-as-a-drum script? Whatever, dudes.
The Kominsky Method: In addition to squeezing out Atlanta in series, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin earned acting nods for Netflix's grumpy old men comedy, despite the show not being very good. But it's new, has movie stars doing TV and appeals to voters of a certain age, I guess?
Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek isn't a surprise for his magnetic performance as Freddie Mercury in this Queen biopic, but the drama movie nomination — over Widows and other deserving choices — left many perplexed. Especially considering the controversy surrounding director Bryan Singer — who was fired from the film before it was finished.
Kieran Culkin: Shouts to Roman Roy for representing Succession, which is not the kind of show that gets nominated for awards. Have Globes voters been reading TV Guide? Because we've been in the tank for his transcendent scumminess for months.
Elsie Fisher: Eighth Grade is a terrific movie, but you'd think it's a little small to be getting Golden Globe nominations. But no, the film's teenage star snagged a comedy actress nomination. Move over, Charlize.
Bodyguard: Netflix's British import is a borderline surprise because while it's a really good show and a big hit, its inclusion in drama series and actor for Richard Madden means shows like Westworld and Better Call Saul got shut out of categories where you'd expect to see them. But now you might as well binge it.
The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Andy Samberg and drama actress nominee Sandra Oh air Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.