There you have it, folks. The 2017 Golden Globe awards finally aired, and a lot of well-deserved awards were handed out over the course of the evening. From La La Land to Atlanta, the night served as an excellent affirmation of the best and brightest in the current Hollywood landscape. That said, there were still quite a few snubs that definitely need to be addressed.
With that in mind, we have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of the five biggest snubs from this year's Golden Globes ceremony. Some of these snubs are actors, while others are entire films, but all of them went wholly overlooked at the awards ceremony this year. Check out our entries and let us know what movies and actors you think should've won. Now, let's get the ball rolling with one of the evening's earliest (and most surprising) snubs.
Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali
The fact that Mahershala Ali did not win a Golden Globe for his work on Moonlight is nothing less than shocking for anyone who has seen the film. The actor delivered a career-defining performance in Barry Jenkins' drama as drug dealer Juan, and he had already cleaned up at numerous other award ceremonies leading up to the Golden Globes. He seemed like definite a shoo-in. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance in Nocturnal Animals was impressive, but his Golden Globe win defied all expectations and conventional wisdom. That said, let's see what happens for Ali when the Oscar nominations roll around, because he's certainly still deserving of more recognition.
Best Actor Comedy/Musical - Ryan Reynolds
I am not going to try and convince you that La La Land didn't deserve to win the Best Picture, Musical/Comedy category. That's nearly impossible. However, with regard to lead actors in that category, Ryan Reynolds deserved to walk away with the Golden Globe this evening over Ryan Gosling. No disrespect to the La La Land star, but Reynolds adapted a nearly-impossible-to-adapt character and managed to carry almost every single scene in the movie with an incredible magnetism and charisma. He brought a (literally) insane energy to Deadpool as the titular anti-hero, and he was an absolute force of comedic nature. Beyond that, a win would've gone a long way towards reaffirming the legitimacy of the comic book movie genre.
Best Animated Movie - Moana
Of course, we have heaped nothing but praise upon Zootopia over the course of the last year for its whimsical charm and compelling social commentary. However, the fact that Moana didn't bring home the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film was nothing short of shocking this evening. Aside from the fact that Moana is packed to the brim with strong performances and beautiful musical numbers, it's also a complete and utter technical marvel in its depiction of nature. Moana broke new ground in the realms of filmmaking technology, animated storytelling and representation of island cultures. It didn't walk away with the Golden Globe this year, but it deserves your respect and admiration nonetheless.
Best Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea/Moonlight
There's no denying that La La Land is a piece of technical wizardry that's acted, directed and produced in immaculate fashion. That said, Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles-based musical is also relatively conventional when it comes to its screenplay and its overall narrative. When it comes to the Best Screenplay category at this year's Golden Globe awards, there were actually two prominent snubs: Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Both films feature tight, beautifully written stories that derive much of their charm from the scripts themselves, and both were wholly deserving of big wins this year. We take solace knowing that these films didn't walk away completely empty-handed, but this is one category that either one of them deserved to win.
Best Actress, Drama - Natalie Portman/Amy Adams
Last, but not least, we have what could easily be considered the most surprising snub of the entire Golden Globe ceremony. Seriously, nobody saw this coming. All eyes were on either Natalie Portman or Amy Adams to take away the Best Actress, Drama category for their respective roles in Jackie and Arrival, but that's not how it played out at all. The Golden Globe went to Isabelle Huppert for her role in Elle. Conventional wisdom had suggested that Portman or Adams would walk away with the award this evening, but the fact that the role ultimately went to Huppert seems to indicate that the category will become even more hotly contested by the time the Oscars roll around. We will have to wait and see.
Those are our picks. What are yours? Let us know what films and actors you think got snubbed in the comments section below to keep this conversation going!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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