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Golden Globes movie nominations surprises and snubs: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' one of the year's best, while 'Widows' is shut out

Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

It wouldn't be an awards nominations morning without a few surprise mentions and snubbed contenders. From the mysteriously overlooked songs of "Mary Poppins Returns" to the unexpected recognition for Rosamund Pike and John C. Reilly, here are the top surprises and snubs from the 2019 Golden Globes announcement.

'VICE' MIGHT GET THE LAST LAUGH

Critics have yet to weigh in on Adam McKay's scathing biopic about vice president Dick Chene, which opens in wide release on Christmas Day, but The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voted for it early and often. On the film side, the Annapurna title surprisingly led the nominations with six mentions, including a lead actor in a comedy or musical nomination for Christian Bale's transformative performance as Cheney and supporting mentions for Amy Adams' portrayal of Lynne Cheney and Sam Rockwell's take on George W. Bush. The movie was also acknowledged in the director and screenplay categories (both for McKay), as well as best motion picture comedy or musical.

'WIDOWS' GETS WIPED OUT

Though the female-led crime thriller has collected critical acclaim for Steve McQueen's clever direction, Viola Davis' lead performance and Brian Tyree Henry's supporting role, among other things, the Fox title was completely shut out of this year's nominations. It's unfortunate, as the ensemble movie -- also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya and Liam Neeson -- also isn't doing as well as it should at the box office, despite all the praise for its genre savvy and gritty realism (Gillian Flynn co-wrote the screenplay).

'BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY' SINGS

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The HFPA is having such a good time with the Queen biopic. While the nomination for Rami Malek's lead performance as Freddie Mercury was an expected one, it's the acknowledgment in the best motion picture drama category that has some puzzled. Critics, including The Times, called the movie formulaic and sanitized at best, and visibly messy, especially since Bryan Singer was fired during production and replaced by Dexter Fletcher. Nevertheless, audiences don't seem to mind, as it's grossed $541 million worldwide so far.

MALE DIRECTORS MAKE THE CUT

Yet again, the HFPA has snubbed women from the best director category, opting instead for McKay ("Vice"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Roma"), Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born"), Spike Lee ("BlacKkKlansman") and, most surprisingly, Peter Farrelly ("Green Book"). Even that line-up left out two prime contenders: "The Favourite" auteur Yorgos Lanthimos and blockbuster "Black Panther" helmer Ryan Coogler.

The year's nominated titles in the animation category are also all helmed by men. The only female-helmed film recognized in the nominations was Lebanon's "Capernaum" (directed by Nadine Labaki), and the only woman mentioned in the screenwriting category is Deborah Davis who shares screenplay credit on "The Favourite" with Tony McNamara.

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