Golden Globes 2019: 10 of the biggest snubs

'Mary Queen of Scots', 'The Hate U Give', and Netflix's 'Maniac' are among the works who failed to score nominations

Clémence Michallon
New York
Thursday 06 December 2018 19:01
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This year's Golden Globes nominations singled out deserving films and TV series – but some of the most acclaimed works of the past 12 months failed to make the cut.

Fans of Vice will be thrilled to see the film as one of the frontrunners in this year's pool of nominees. The inclusion of Black Panther and Pose, two works of important cultural significance, were saluted – and rightfully so.

Some, however, lamented the exclusion of works such as Steve McQueen's Widows, as well as TV shows Atlanta and Maniac, from the list.

Here are 10 of the most significant snubs from this year's Golden Globes nominations:

BoJack Horseman

Netflix's comedy-drama released its fifth season to universal acclaim, in keeping with its four previous instalments.

While it has consistently performed well, the bitterly funny series has yet to score its first Golden Globe nomination.

The season five episode Free Churro, which consisted only in a monologue by Will Artnett, gave the impression that the show's writers were clearly reaching for some recognition this award season – but BoJack Horseman will have to wait a little longer to make its Golden Globe debut.

Ironically, the title character won his own Golden Globe as part of a story line as early as season one.


McQueen's thriller had the critical acclaim and the star-studded cast fit to land a spot on this year's list of nominees.

Yet it wasn't nominated in a single category – a choice that fails to recognise Viola Davis's performance as Veronica Rawlings.

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The Oscar-winning actor won her first Golden Globe in 2017 for Fences. Her role in Widows has been deemed powerful and Oscar-worthy.

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Jane the Virgin

When it debuted in 2014, Jane the Virgin was seen mainly as a quirky show with a unique premise: a 20-something virgin gets artificially inseminated with her boss's sperm due to a medical error, thus ending up pregnant with his baby – in a modernised case of immaculate conception.

Since then, Jane the Virgin has proven to be an important show – the kind that has brought several Latinx performers, including lead actor Gina Rodriguez, into the spotlight, while tackling important subjects such as abortion and immigration. On top of that, the series has managed to both spoof and pay tribute to the world of telenovelas.

The show has scored multiple Golden Globe nominations in the past, and Rodriguez won the award for Best Actress in a TV series or comedy during the January 2015 ceremony.

Still, Jane the Virgin delivered a well received fourth season, as pointed out by The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, and it would have been fair to see that consistency rewarded.


Donald Glover is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy category for his role in the FX series, which he also created.

The show itself won the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy title last year, and Glover was awarded the Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy distinction.

Atlanta - Season 2 teaser

With a universally acclaimed second season, Atlanta deserved a renewed nomination in the Best Television Series category.

The rest of the cast, including Bryan Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, and Lakeith Stanfield, was also deserving of recognition.

The Wife

Glenn Close scored a nomination for her role in Björn Runge's movie based on Meg Wolitzer's novel of the same name – as should she.

But the movie itself – a touching, profoundly upsetting drama that manages to feel relatable despite being set in the realm of the Nobel Prize in Literature – deserved a spot of its own on the shortlist.

Max Irons, who plays an eager son whose biggest personal tragedy is to be a good writer born to a great one, could have conceivably landed in the Best Supporting Actor category.


Thandie Newton is the only Westworld performer to have been nominated for a Golden Globe this year, for her impactful performance as Maeve Millay.

The fact that Westworld, which earned three nominations last year, was largely excluded from this year's shortlist feels less like a snub than an acknowledgement of the show's decreasing quality.

While its second season has received favourable reviews, many have deemed the increasingly intricate plot not satisfying enough – and filled with too many questions while failing to deliver answers.

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Yorgos Lanthimos

Yes, The Favourite landed five nominations. But some wish that its director, the Greek filmmaker previously at the helm of The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster, had been shortlisted in the Best Director category.

Colin Farrell was nominated in 2016 for his role in The Lobster as Best Actor, but Lanthimos himself has yet to score a Golden Globe nomination in his own name.

The Favourite trailer


With a star-studded cast led by Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux, Maniac seemed to be one of Netflix's bets for this award season.

Yet, the psychological comedy-drama, which has received positive reviews, failed to score a single spot on this year's list.

Teaser trailer for Netflix's Maniac

The Hate U Give

The adaptation of Angie Thomas's immensely successful novel of the same name – which has spent 92 weeks on The New York Times's Young Adult Hardcover best-sellers list – has generated some Oscar chatter.

The Hate U Give - trailer

In a story line inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it tells the story of Starr Carter, a black teenager whose friend Khalil is shot and killed by a while police officer.

The film has earned rave reviews and is one of the frontrunners of this awards season, so its absence from the Golden Globes shortlist is noteworthy.

Mary Queen of Scots

The historical drama starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I seemed a shoe-in for this year's list, yet it failed to score a single nomination.

Mary Queen of Scots trailer

It opened in the US around the same time as The Favourite, another queen-centred historical drama – and apparently there was only room for one of those on this year's shortlist.

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