2018 Golden Globes Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

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Who made this year's Golden Globes nice list? Who was shockingly overlooked?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in Veep (2012)

Snub: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"

It was a shock not to hear Julia Louis-Dreyfus' name in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy category, breaking a five-year run of nominations for the "Veep" star.

Jessica Biel in The Sinner (2017)

Surprise: Jessica Biel for "The Sinner"

In "Silicon Valley" terms, Jessica Biel totally disrupted the Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category. No disrespect to Biel or her highly addictive TV show (which pairs well with "Big Little Lies" or any Shondaland series), but few prognosticators had her pegged for a nomination in the category. What does Cora Tannetti have in store for the actual Golden Globes ceremony (cue unsettling music)?

Jordan Peele and Betty Gabriel in Get Out (2017)

Snub: Jordan Peele for Get Out

Yay for Get Out and its pair of nominations. Boo that director Jordan Peele did not earn one of them. Neither Hollywood pundits nor enthusiastic audiences could stop talking about Peele's work, and we all spent time dream-casting his next projects. The silver lining to this snub is star Daniel Kaluuya's nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy field.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams in All the Money in the World (2017)

Surprise: Three Nominations for All the Money in the World

Historically, especially when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have hosted, the Golden Globes make fun of the fact that one movie earns a handful of nominations before anyone has had a chance to see it. This year, Ridley Scott's Getty family mystery All the Money in the World earns that distinction, with three nominations: Best Director for Scott, Best Actress in a Drama for Michelle Williams, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Christopher Plummer, who famously replaced Kevin Spacey in the movie. Because the Globes tend to be a freewheeling affair, we truly cannot wait to see how host Seth Meyers treats this particular subject.

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (2017)

Snub: The Big Sick

Zero nominations for the acclaimed indie movie that audiences and critics adored — not even a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod? The only reassurance we have here: Kumail Nanjiani is sure to strike comedy gold at some point with his reaction to this snub.

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

Surprise: Two nominations for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," the 1950s-set comedy from Amy Sherman-Palladino that was only recently unveiled to viewers, earned a pair of nominations — Best Musical or Comedy Television Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy Television Series for Rachel Brosnahan. Even with a quick second-season renewal and warm reviews for Sherman-Palladino's follow-up to "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," it's a lovely surprise for the show's creator, star, and Amazon Studios.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger (2017)

Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal for Stronger

Remember when Jake Gyllenhaal earned a Golden Globes nomination for ... Love & Other Drugs? Well, many of us thought he was a lock for a nod this year for his performance in a better-reviewed movie, Stronger. His portrayal of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman was as affecting as his many appearances with Bauman on the publicity circuit to promote the movie's release.

Jason Bateman in Ozark (2017)

Surprise: Jason Bateman for "Ozark"

We didn't think that "Ozark," an ideal show for insomniacs (a compliment), would earn any Globes nominations — maybe one for Julia Garner in the supporting-actress category. But Jason Bateman's nod is quite a surprise, proving yet again that you should never bet against Marty Byrde.

Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer, and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Snub: Luca Guadagnino for Call Me by Your Name

As fantastic as it was to hear Call Me by Your Name announced in three different categories — Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Timothée Chalamet, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Armie Hammer — this particular celebration felt a little hollow without the inclusion of a best-director nomination for Luca Guadagnino, who has been earmarked as one of the most promising filmmakers working today and earned the highest praise (and headlines) for his storytelling in this period romantic drama.

Hong Chau in Downsizing (2017)

Surprise: Hong Chau for Downsizing

We need to preface this pick: Because we have already seen Downsizing, Hong Chau's Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture nomination was no real surprise — it's more of a confirmation of one of the most heartwarming big-screen performances of 2017. We sense that Chau is about to own all conversations about Alexander Payne's latest.

Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird (2017)

Snub: Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird

Although female directors drew wide acclaim this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may have had other ideas with its all-male roster of best-director picks, with Greta Gerwig among the most notable snubs for the well-reviewed Lady Bird.