Golden Globe Award Film Nomination Snubs & Surprises: Taraji P. Henson, Tom Hanks, Ryan Reynolds, & More [Opinion]

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has released the 2017 Golden Globe Award nominations for its 74th annual awards show. The list was filled with plenty of deserving names, some pleasant surprises, and its fair share of snubs in the film categories.

Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

Surprise. While the Empire actress was seemingly snubbed by the HFPA for her role as Cookie Lyon, she was nominated for her role in Hidden Figures. The film will be out Christmas Day (December 25). Hidden Figures is a true story of African-American women working at NASA as they served as the brains of one of the greatest operations in history.

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Snub. The Girl On The Train was one of the most talked-about films of 2016, and fans rushed to see the adaptation in theaters. It is hard to believe that Emily Blunt will not receive recognition at the 2017 Golden Globes for her riveting performance.

"The Girl On The Train" New York Premiere
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Sally Field, Hello, My Name Is Doris

Snub. Sally Field’s emotional, yet hysterical role as Doris in Hello, My Name Is Doris brought viewers to tears and laughter at the same time. This heartfelt comedy and its star definitely deserved some recognition at the Golden Globes this year.

Kate Beckinsale, Love and Friendship

Snub. Actress Kate Beckinsale received rave reviews for her performance as Lady Susan Vernon in Love and Friendship. Apparently, it was not good enough for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this year.

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Surprise. Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge received more nominations than other nominees like Fences or Silence.

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Surprise. It is a pleasant surprise that Ryan Reynolds was recognized for his role in the action comedy Deadpool. The actor played American superhero Deadpool, based on the Marvel Comics character.

Finding Dory

Snub. The entire cast of Finding Dory seemed to be snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Finding Nemo sequel got great reviews, so it is curious as to why they could not secure a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. However, Disney/Pixar did manage to snag a few nominations for Moana and Zootopia.


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Tom Hanks, Sully

Snub. Tom Hanks received nominations at both the Hollywood Film Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards for his lead role in Sully. The HFPA is proving to be very particular this year, and Hanks did not receive any recognition for his role as Sully at the upcoming Global Awards.

"Sully" Press Conference In Japan
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Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Silence

Snub. Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence, failed to get any nominations in any category. Adam Driver definitely deserved a nomination for his role. The actor lost 50 pounds for his role as a Portuguese Jesuit priest. The film premiered in Vatican City on November 29 and will be released in the United States on December 23.

Andrew Garfield did, however, earn a nomination for his role in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. The HFPA really seems to have liked that film.

Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Lion

Surprise. It was a little unexpected to see that the indie film made the cut in the Best Picture in the drama category this year. The film received an 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so perhaps it is worth checking out.

Denzel Washington, Fences

Snub. Denzel Washington failed to pick up a nomination for Best Director or Best Picture in the Drama category. While he did pick up one Golden Globes nomination for Fences, he seems to have been snubbed from all of the other categories.

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