Hollywood’s biggest party is still happening next month, but not everyone’s invited.
On Wednesday, the Golden Globes announced nominees for the awards show’s 2021 prizes, with “Mank,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman” leading the pack. The nominations offer some welcome clarity about who’s up and who’s down in this unusual COVID-19-era race, where even some of the biggest names struggled to cut through the noise of the streaming-centric, red carpet-free season.
Here are the major movies, TV shows and stars who won’t be heading to the virtual Globes come Feb. 28 (NBC, 8 EST/5 PST):
Golden Globes:Netflix’s ‘Mank’ leads contenders with six nominations
With 32 Globes nominations and eight wins, Streep has the most competitive nominations and wins of any actor in the awards show’s history. Her juicy role as a Broadway diva in “The Prom” should’ve helped extend her record, but the acting icon was shockingly snubbed for best comedy/musical actress. Adding insult to injury: her “Prom” co-star, James Corden, received a best actor nod.
‘Da 5 Bloods’
What happened here? Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Vietnam War veteran drama was completely shut out in Wednesday’s nominations, ignored in best drama, director (Lee), supporting actor (Chadwick Boseman), and, most glaringly, actor (Delroy Lindo). The snubs could make for an awkward show for Lee’s kids Satchel, 26, and Jackson, 23, who were named as Globes ambassadors for this month’s ceremony.
Set in the 19th century American West, this season’s resident Dad Movie “News of the World” came up short, failing to land major nominations for best drama or director (Paul Greengrass). Also missing from the pack was Hanks, last year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, who brings warmth to a Civil War veteran tasked with returning a young girl (Helena Zengel, nominated for supporting actress) to her family. His absence in best drama actor may have made way for surprise nominee Tahar Rahim, landing his first major nomination for “The Mauritanian.”
As inevitable as death and taxes, Winslet always has a place at the Golden Globes. The beloved British actress is a four-time winner and 11-time nominee, earning nods for even her most critically reviled fare (we’re looking at you, “Labor Day”). But Winslet will have to sit out this year’s show: Her chilly lesbian romance “Ammonite” didn’t generate heat with voters, scoring zero nominations.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that puts on the Globes, predominantly consists of journalists outside the U.S., whose tastes skew more international than most other awards shows. That should have spelled good news for Italian screen legend Loren, a four-time Golden Globe winner and Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient who returned last fall in the little-discussed Netflix drama “The Life Ahead.” Instead, the 86-year-old star was passed over in favor of late-breaking contender Andra Day, who scored a best drama actress nomination for Hulu biopic “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (streaming Feb. 26).
Like Streep and Winslet, Clooney is a longtime Globes favorite, with 12 nominations, three wins and a Cecil B. DeMille Award. The genial A-lister has been dutifully making promotional rounds for his dystopian space drama “The Midnight Sky,” which he directs and stars in as a cancer-stricken scientist. But the poorly reviewed Netflix movie failed to launch with voters, only giving it one nod for best score.
Zendaya was touted as a potential Oscar front-runner for her blistering performance in “Malcolm & Marie” (streaming Friday) when first reactions cropped up on Twitter. But scathing critics’ reviews threw a grenade into the Netflix drama’s awards hopes, and the Globes’ cold shoulder did nothing to help. Zendaya isn’t out of the best actress race yet, but unless she scores a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination on Thursday, her chances are quickly fading.
Yeun is the quiet backbone of the heartfelt coming-of-age drama “Minari,” about a Korean American family’s quest for the American Dream in rural Arkansas. Yet the movie scored just one nomination for best foreign language film, snubbed for both drama actor (Yeun) and supporting actress (Yuh-jung Youn).
Shonda Rhimes’ subversive new period romance has been a breakout hit for Netflix since premiering in December. But the social media phenomenon was completely overlooked in all TV drama categories, where familiar Netflix favorites “The Crown” and “Ozark” continued to reign supreme.
‘I May Destroy You’
Michaela Coel’s groundbreaking HBO series is a shattering exploration of sexual assault trauma, written, co-directed and starring the British multi-hyphenate. Its total shutout from this year’s nominations speaks to a lack of imagination among the 90-member HFPA, which favored Ryan Murphy’s dreadfully uninspired “Ratched” in best TV drama.
‘Never Have I Ever’
Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy was one of the quarantine’s most welcome TV surprises, with its irresistible young star (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), biting humor and unexpected emotion. But the series was robbed in favor of another popular but often derided Netflix show, “Emily in Paris,” which managed best TV comedy and actress (Lily Collins) nominations.