8 Biggest Golden Globe Nomination Snubs Ever

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 23 Dec 2015

Sometimes, the Golden Globes get it wrong. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has ignored some of the greatest actors and directors, but given nominations to critically maligned films like Burlesque. The deserving performers, TV series, and films snubbed this year are in good company. — Sara Bibel

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Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II

De Niro's portrayal of Vito Corleone is regarded as one of the greatest performances of all time. De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal. And yet, he wasn't even nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The HPFA made some strange choices in 1975. De Niro's co-star, famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for playing Hyman Roth. Strasberg was 73 years old at the time.

The Godfather Part II received a total of six Globes nominations, but did not win any awards. It won six Oscars, including Best Picture.

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Kyle Chandler and Michael B. Jordan in Friday Night Lights (2006)

"Friday Night Lights"

Maybe the reason why clear eyes, full hearts can't lose is because they weren't even nominated. "Friday Night Lights" is regarded as one of the greatest TV dramas in recent memory. It was emotional and realistic and made grown men cry. And it boasted a powerhouse cast including Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Michael B. Jordan. The critics loved it from Day 1. Awards voters took a little longer to come around, but over the course of its five season run, it racked up 13 Emmy nominations (it won three), two SAG nominations, and four WGA nominations.

It did not score a single Globes nomination. Maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press association couldn't relate to a show about American high school football.

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Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting (1973)

The Sting

The Sting is proof that a movie can be both artistic and entertaining. Robert Redford and Paul Newman recaptured their bromantic chemistry from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Director George Hill helmed a sophisticated, suspenseful film that was also very funny. The Sting won seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Redford was nominated for Best Actor.

The Globes gave the film a single nomination: for screenplay. It lost to The Exorcist.

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Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit (2010)

True Grit

The Coen Brothers' fantastic remake of True Grit was nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture. Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld were nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The film didn't notch a single Golden Globes nomination. Maybe the HFPA was loyal to John Wayne, who won the Globe for Best Actor in the original 1969 version of the film.

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Dominic West in The Wire (2002)

"The Wire"

Golden Globes voters have often been more willing to acknowledge innovative, edgy television series than the Emmys.

Unfortunately, this was not the case with the groundbreaking drama "The Wire." The show never got the awards love it deserved, perhaps because its dense, complex serialized storytelling was ahead of its time. The Emmys at least acknowledged the show's existence with two nominations for Outstanding Writing. "The Wire" won both a DGA Award and a WGA Award.

The Golden Globes did not give the show a single nomination over the course of its five seasons.

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Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (1976)

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

Jodie Foster's performance as a teen prostitute in the classic film Taxi Driver established that she was not just a child actor, but that she was a true talent. She was only 14 years old when she played the world-weary, wise-beyond-her-years Iris in the gritty drama. She was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Not only did the 1976 Golden Globes voters snub her performance, but they nominated her in the comedy category for Freaky Friday. It's vastly understating the case to say that it was a less deserving performance.

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in The Americans (2013)

"The Americans"

"The Americans," a show about undercover KGB agents living in the United States during the Cold War, seems like a show that the members of the HPFA would love. It's prestigious. It's sexy. It's edgy. It's a period piece. It stars Keri Russell, who won a Golden Globe for "Felicity" back in 1999.

"The Americans" has been nominated for four Emmys. It won the 2015 Critics' Choice TV Award for Best Drama. Yet the show has not received a single Golden Globe nomination.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest, most influential directors in movie history. His masterpieces include Vertigo, Psycho, and Rear Window. None of them were nominated for Golden Globes.

Hitchcock's sole directing nomination was for one of his less well-known films: Frenzy in 1973, a year after the Globes attempted to make up for their embarrassing omissions by giving him a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.