2020 Golden Globe nominations: Surprises and Snubs

The 77th Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning, and Susan Kelechi Watson.

And just like that, awards season is in full swing thanks to the Golden Globes nomination announcements Monday.

The Golden Globes honor both movies and television every January and are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press at the Beverly Hilton. Guests to the ceremony are typically fed by famed chef Wolfgang Puck and given an ever-flowing stream of Moet champagne. Hence why the Golden Globes always feels like I’m watching an exclusive celebrity party, where my favorite actors and actresses may say something crazy.

Speaking of crazy, the Golden Globes television nominations this year where a bit crazy – at least on the television side. Surprise nods resulted in surprising omissions. Here’s a full list of the 2020 nominees.

Let’s discuss it!


Big Little Lies – For me, Big Little Lies season 2 was a shell of its season 1 self. Many of the episodes dragged on and the only shining light was that one screaming scene with Meryl Streep and Laura Dern with any scene she appeared in.

The Politician – This was only my watch list, simply because I love Ben Platt and I heard he sings one of my favorite Billy Joel songs in an episode. But I have yet to find a single person who said it’s worth watching, so it keeps falling further and further down my list.

Christina Applegate – I’m pleasantly surprised that Applegate is getting recognized because I have heard no buzz about Dead to Me since everyone I know watched it. Linda Cardellini deserved some love as well, but I’ll take what I can get here.

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Photo: Olivia Colman in The Crown Season 3.. Courtesy of Des Willie / Netflix

Olivia Colman – I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 2019 Best Actress Oscar winner would be nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown. But Claire Foy was so excellent in the role, it’s hard not to compare the two. Foy showed so many layers to the young queen, whole Coleman plays her so dry and drab. I find no depth to her character and I find myself not rooting for her. Am I missing something here?

Helena Bonham Carter – I am so pleasantly surprised that Carter is so well-cast and great as Princess Margaret in The Crown. I am just delighted that she was nominated as well. She simply shined in episode 2 “Margaretology,” where she charmed the pants off Lyndon B. Johnson and people like me, who thought she would never top Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 10: Andrew Scott attends Amazon’s Museum Of Modern Love on October 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Andrew Scott – I had a feeling Fleabag and Phoebe Waller-Bridge would pick up nominations after they won at the Emmys. And after I watched all 12 episodes that exist of the show, I knew for sure it would. They will also probably win and rightfully so! But I was ecstatic to see the “Hot Priest” pick up a nod as well!


Game of Thrones – It seems as though the Hollywood Foreign Press hated the last season of the acclaimed fantasy series and is taking out its frustrations by not nominating the drama for the final season. It’s just plain rude and spiteful. But remember, it wasn’t nominated last year either.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Alfie Allen, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Carice van Houten speak onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke – Having been nominated and won only once before, I thought for sure Dinklage would have come away with a nod. And Clarke not receiving one last nomination as the Mother of Dragons during her descent into madness makes me want to descend into madness myself.

Veep – Another “swan song” nomination we could expect was one for Veep for Best Comedy. The same goes for Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Season 2: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley.
photo: Jennifer Clasen/HBO

Laura Dern – As I said in the surprises section, Laura Dern was a bright light in an otherwise dull season of Big Little Lies. I am appalled she didn’t get a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Big Little Lies.

Schitt’s Creek – After receiving a ton of love at the Emmys this year, the fan-loved comedy received a whopping zero nominations.

When They See Us – While Netflix received a ton of love at this year’s Emmys, it was left out of the Golden Globes completely.

Broadcast television – Admittedly I didn’t realize this until I read it on EW, but ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX were all left out of the Golden Globes. I don’t think it’s right AT ALL! Some of the best shows are on broadcast television. I’ve been saying The Goldbergs and Wendy McLendon-Covey has been snubbed for years. And how is This Is Us left out in the dark like that? Blackish was also surprisingly absent. And don’t even get me started on the lack of love for The Good Place.

What are your biggest Golden Globe surprises and snubs this year?

The 77th Golden Globes ceremony will take place on January 5 on NBC. Comedian Ricky Gervais will serve as host for the fifth time.