Betty White has zero Golden Globes and other bizarre snubs
The Golden Globe nominations come out Thursday morning, and that means we're in for a good time. The Hollywood Foreign Press' yearly tally is known for giving nominations to the hugest Hollywood stars. Will they give Angelina Jolie an acting nomination for "By the Sea"? (Hey, she was nominated for "The Tourist.") Will Helen Mirren get a nod for "Trumbo" while a lesser star like Alicia Vikander misses out for "The Danish Girl"? Will anyone apologize for giving "Les Miserables" the Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy award a few years ago?
We'll find out Thursday, but for now, let's take a look at ten times the Golden Globes have failed us as a prestige-loving nation. Oh, Betty White. We're so sorry.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never won a Golden Globe for "Veep"Photo Credit:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is currently on an Emmy hot streak: The "Seinfeld" legend has won four straight lead actress Emmys for "Veep," the HBO series where she plays harried (vice) president Selina Meyer. Because the Golden Globes like to be the first to honor TV stars, the comedy actress trophy has gone to folks like Lena Dunham, Gina Rodriguez, and longtime Emmy snubbee Amy Poehler in recent years. That's left JLD without a recent Globe, and I think Gary Walsh should answer for it.
Robert De Niro wasn't even nominated for "The Godfather, Part II"Photo Credit:
Robert De Niro is no stranger to the Golden Globes: He's picked up four nominations in the comedy categories alone thanks to movies like "Meet the Parents" and "Analyze This." But he didn't get any Golden Globe love for arguably his most iconic role, Vito Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II, which netted him an Oscar the same year. In fact, "The Godfather, Part II" didn't win a single Golden Globe: That year's winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama was "Chinatown."
"Love Story" topples "Patton" for the 1970 Best Motion Picture - Drama awardPhoto Credit:
"Patton" is one of the most legendary biopics in cinematic history, featuring a tour de force performance from George C. Scott. "Love Story" is the single most dated, over-watched romantic drama in cinematic history, featuring horrible dialogue, unbearable melodrama, and two watchable but strangely stilted stars. It is essentially unforgivable that "Love Story," a box office smash, beat "Patton." It'd be like "Twilight" beating "Milk" for Best Drama in 2008. (But make no mistake: "Twilight" is better than "Love Story.")
Glenn Close has lost two competitive Golden Globes to MadonnaPhoto Credit:
Glenn Close doesn't have an Oscar, which is a pretty well-known fact. But did you know she's lost two competitive Golden Globes to famed pseudo-thespian Madonna? In 1996, Close was nominated for the Musical/Comedy Actress trophy for her performance in "101 Dalmatians," but she lost to Madonna in "Evita." In 2011, she cowrote the nominated Sinead O'Connor song "Lay Your Head Down," which appeared in "Albert Nobbs." Too bad Madonna was nominated the same year for writing "Masterpiece" in her directorial feature "W.E." I say this as a serious Madonna diehard: "Masterpiece" is not even one of her top 100 songs. It's bizarre that she won for such a drippy ballad.
No series wins for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"Photo Credit:
The '70s was not just a heydey for American cinema; television sitcoms also became more profound, topical, and hilarious. "All in the Family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" are still considered the gold standard in ensemble TV comedies, but only Archie Bunker's show prevailed at the Golden Globes. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" never picked up a Best Comedy Series trophy, and I'm sure Ted Baxter couldn't report that fact without a tear in his eye.
No Golden Globes: Lisa Kudrow, Laurie Metcalf, Allison JanneyPhoto Credit:
Because the supporting categories are more limited at the Globes, it's understandable that certain Emmy winners in those categories would go under-rewarded at this ceremony. But how is it possible that Lisa Kudrow, Laurie Metcalf, and Allison Janney -- three people who've given definitive comic and dramatic performances on various series -- could come up empty-handed? I'm sure Valerie Cherish has a reasonable, wildly embarrassing theory about this.
"The Silence of the Lambs" loses Best Picture to "Bugsy"Photo Credit:
I think we can agree that "The Silence of the Lambs" is one of the most timeless dramas of the '90s. I think we can also agree that "Bugsy" is not. The Jonathan Demme horror movie, which would later pick up "the big five" (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay) at the Oscars, lost out in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category to the glossy Hollywood gangster caper. I suppose the film that introduced Warren Beatty to Annette Bening deserves some sort of accolade.
Betty White has never won a single Golden GlobePhoto Credit:
Betty White is an Emmy queen: The alumna of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Golden Girls," "Hot in Cleveland," countless game shows, and one memorable "SNL" appearance has picked up seven performance Emmys. That ties her with fellow "MTM" legend Ed Asner and puts her one behind all-time champ and fellow "MTM" legend Cloris Leachman. How is it possible she hasn't picked up a single Golden Globe? I expect an apologetic press release from the HFPA.
Kevin Spacey has never won a Golden Globe for film actingPhoto Credit:
This is baffling: Kevin Spacey, that towering lead actor in film, hasn't scored a single Golden Globe for his film work. His performance in "The Usual Suspects," which earned him his first Oscar, lost to Brad Pitt in "Twelve Monkeys." His performance in "American Beauty," which earned him his second Oscar, lost to Denzel Washington in "The Hurricane." Fortunately he was redeemed with a TV Globe for "House of Cards" last year, but I think Keyser Soze and Lester Burnham deserved better.
"Annie Hall" loses Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy to "The Goodbye Girl"Photo Credit:
"The Goodbye Girl" features two charismatic performances from Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason (as well as one of the more timeless scripts by Neil Simon), but should it have triumphed over "Annie Hall" for Best Picture? Probably not. Woody Allen would later win in this category for "Hannah and Her Sisters," but it's strange that his most hailed and influential triumph came up short.