Golden Globes 2017: Surprises And Snubs

It was all about the Brits on a night full of surprises.

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Golden Globes. Not the most reliable of movie awards. They tend to give their big prizes to whoever they want, quite a few times clashing with every other major award of the season.

The latest edition of these awards given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave us some of the usual surprises by handing statuettes to people we didn’t expect at all and leaving deserving performers empty-handed.

Here at loaded we want to talk about the biggest snubs and surprises of the night.

 

Surprise: It’s all about the Brits

Tom Hiddleston, winner of Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for 'The Night Manager' Image Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In the TV section of the awards, it was as if they just had to give them all to people from across the pond. First, the Netflix show about Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, was named best drama of the night and Claire Foy was awarded as the best drama actress. But not happy with that, the BBC production The Night Manager took acting awards for Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie, which meant…

 

Snub: American Crime Story takes less than it deserves

Sarah Paulson, winner of the Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film, for 'American Crime Story' Image Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

…the acclaimed miniseries about the O.J. trial should have taken more than just an overall award for the show and another one for the deserving Sarah Paulson. Because of The Night Manager’s sweep, actors like Sterling K. Brown, John Travolta or Courtney B. Vance went home empty handed.

 

Surprise: La La Land breaks record

 

Cast and crew of 'La La Land,' winners of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Image Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sure, it was expected that the musical would take a few awards, but not that it would take a record of seven (everything it was nominated for).

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were named the best performances in a musical or comedy (what about Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool?), and while the film is good, perhaps the excesive love shown by the foreign press here might cause a bit of backlash in upcoming weeks.

 

Snub: Rami Malek

Billy Bob Thornton, winner of Best Performance in a Television Series - Drama for 'Goliath' Image Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The best performance by an actor in a TV drama this year is that of Malek’s in Mr. Robot, but the HFPA, as usual, decided to give this award to a well-known name for a not so popular or praised show.

It happened in previous years with Liev Schreiber and his role in Ray Donovan, and this year it was the turn of Billy Bob Thornton for his Amazon show Goliath. Best of lucks to Rami next year.

 

Surprise: Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture for "Nocturnal Animals" Image Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Anyone who has seen Nocturnal Animals knows that Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s performance is one of the highlights of the film, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that he’s taken home the award that names him the best supporting performance of the year.

It is only a surprise because critics thought that maybe Mahershala Ali would win for Moonlight or Jeff Bridges would for Hell or High Water. What Dev Patel is doing in the supporting category for his leading role in Lion, remains a mystery.

 

Snub: Everyone Else’s screenplay

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle Image Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The winner in this category was –surprise- Damien Chazelle for La La Land. There is no doubt the script is good, but when you consider that it was nominated alongside Moonlight, Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals and Manchester By The Sea, it makes you think.

 

Surprise: Atlanta

Writer Stephen Glover (L) and actor/writer Donald Glover (R) Image Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Donald Glover, make sure you treasure this award and take it with you when you are out there filming the Han Solo movie, beacuse these tend to be a once in a lifetime thing.

The Golden Globes love showing love to a new comedy show and then forgetting about it completely (they do it every year), so the awards Atlanta took as best comedy of the year and best comedy actor for Glover will probably not happen again in 2018. Just ask Gael García Bernal.

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