The 2016 Golden Globe nominations have been unveiled and they’re filled with a great mix of usual suspects and total surprises. Of course, like any year, there are loads of movies, TV shows, and performances that didn’t make the cut and while most of these snubs are entirely justified, there are certain areas where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) simply got it wrong. For the most part, the 2016 list is much stronger than in previous years, with some nominations that truly came out of left field, but it’s still shocking that the following potential nominees were robbed of a nomination.
10. Jessica Jones — Best TV Series, Drama
Comic book adaptations in general aren’t shown much love by awards shows like the Golden Globes, which is understandable considering they’re not the most highbrow entertainment offerings out there. Still, comic book TV grew up quite a bit in 2015, with Marvel’s Netflix Original series Jessica Jones standing out as one of the strongest new shows of the year. A gripping, powerful drama with a strong cast led by a sensational performance from Krysten Ritter in the title role, Jessica Jones gave perhaps the best argument yet for superhero programming to be taken seriously, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s radar.
9. Creed — Best Motion Picture, Drama
While the Best Motion Picture, Drama category delivered a huge surprise this year by nominating the action-heavy blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, it also left a pretty big contender off the shortlist. Admittedly, 2015 has been a ridiculously strong year for filmmaking, so the absence of the Rocky sequel Creed is hardly surprising. That being said, the film has been getting rave reviews from critics and a ton of buzz, so not seeing it or lead actor Michael B. Jordon get any attention feels like a bit of a punch in the gut. At least Sylvester Stallone managed to snag a well-earned nomination in the Supporting Actor category.
8. Lena Headey — Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama
Game of Thrones came up short this year with an uneven fifth season and arguably doesn’t deserve its Best Drama Series nomination. However, one area where the fifth season didn’t falter was Lena Headey’s electrifying work as perpetual scene-stealer Cersei Lannister, delivering perhaps her best performance yet in the role. It’s possible that Headey’s character’s naked walk scene didn’t sit well with HFPA voters, but to be fair, the actress used a body double for the nude shots, so she shouldn’t be snubbed for something she didn’t even do.
7. Tom Hanks — Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
It’s pretty much a given by now that when you hire Tom Hanks to star in your movie, you’re going to get a great performance; doubly so if you pair him with Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately for Tom, his reliability as an actor just wasn’t enough to single him out in a crowded pool this year. He shouldn’t feel too bad though, as Spielberg didn’t get a nomination either, although Bridge of Spies‘ hidden gem, Mark Rylance, earned a totally justified Supporting Actor nomination for his understated, sympathetic portrayal of a Soviet spy.
6. Ruth Wilson — Best Actress in a TV Drama
The Affair is one of those below-the-radar drama series that ensnares anyone who watches it but is largely ignored by the public at large, yet its female lead won herself a well-deserved win at last year’s Golden Globes. That’s why it’s such a surprise to find that Ruth Wilson isn’t even on this year’s list of nominees, despite offering an even better overall performance in season two of the Showtime series. Fortunately, Wilson’s co-star Maura Tierney earned a nomination in the Supporting Actress category, so the Globes didn’t ignore The Affair entirely.
5. Master of None — Best Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari is quickly becoming one of America’s most important comedic voices, publishing a well-received book earlier in the year and writing, producing, and starring in the Netflix series Master of None. While Ansari managed to receive a nomination for his performance, the series itself was oddly snubbed in the Best Comedy Series category. Admittedly, Master of None straddles the line between being a drama and comedy, but it’s still one of the strongest new shows of 2015 and should have been given more recognition.
4. Mad Men — Best TV Drama
Mad Men wrapped up its incredible seven season run with a fantastic final season that wrapped the show up almost perfectly, which is no easy feat for any long-running, critically-acclaimed series. Despite this notable achievement, the Globes continued to ignore this AMC series for the fourth year in a row. There was a silver lining at least, as Jon Hamm received a Best Actor nomination for his final turn as tortured ad man Don Draper.
3. Charlize Theron — Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
It’s a small miracle that Mad Max: Fury Road received any nominations, but for whatever reason, its female lead was left off the block. As the hard-edged warrior Imperator Furiosa, Charlize Theron gave viewers a brand new female action star to root for and brought some much-needed humanity to the deranged post apocalyptic universe of George Miller’s action masterpiece. To be fair though, you’d be hard-pressed trying to replace any of the actresses nominated this year, so it looks like this just wasn’t Theron’s year.
2. The Americans — Best TV Drama
How The Americans — easily one of the best dramas on any network — continues to be shut out by awards shows like the Golden Globes is a question that no one seems able to answer (maybe the HFPA just really hates Cold War dramas?). Naturally, the FX series was snubbed across the board by the Globes this year, despite having arguably its best year yet with a sensational third season. Fortunately, the show has been renewed for a fourth season, so one can hope it gets the attention it deserves next year.
1. Spotlight — All Acting Categories
Arguably the biggest snub to come out of this year’s Golden Globes nominations is the complete shutout in acting categories for the cast of Spotlight. While the investigative journalism drama was nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Drama category and is practically a shoe-in for an Academy Award nod in the same category, not a single member of Spotlight’s stellar ensemble cast was nominated for their work in the film. Liev Shreiber and Mark Ruffalo were both nominated for their performances in other works, but the rest of the cast, including Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and John Slattery, came away with nothing.