2017 Golden Globes: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 07 Feb 2017

It was a star-studded night on the red carpet, but not everyone can be a winner. Check out our list of snubs and surprises from the awards show. — Sharon Knolle

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Wins Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

The Kick-Ass actor was already a surprise nomination for his role in Nocturnal Animals, but to beat out critic favorite Mahershala Ali of Moonlight surprised us all.

Tom Hiddleston at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: British Invasion!

Instead of a repeat of the Emmys in the limited series race, where "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" netted wins for Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance, HFPA voters favored Brits Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie for "The Night Manager." They also lavished love on Brits Olivia Colman (also of "The Night Manager") and Claire Foy and her Netflix series "The Crown."

Courtney B. Vance in American Crime Story (2016)

Snub: "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Yes, Sarah Paulson earned a Globe to put next to her Emmy for her role as Marcia Clark, but fellow Emmy winners Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance were passed over by HFPA voters in favor of the cast of "The Night Manager."

Billy Bob Thornton at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: Billy Bob Thornton Edges Out Rami Malek

While the Emmys singled out "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek for Best Actor in a Drama, the HFPA chose the star of Amazon series "Goliath." Thornton seemed to think the race was between him and "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk, joking "we have had a feud since the 1940s, when we did a movie with Van Johnson… so there you, go, Bud." He got serious by the end, dedicating his award to a PA from the show who passed away last year.

Paul Simms, Hiro Murai, Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Dianne McGunigle, and Lakeith Stanfield at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: "Atlanta" Takes TV Award

Unlike the Emmys, where the same show can win over and over, the Globes likes to keep things fresh. There weren't shows much fresher than "Atlanta," which won for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy and its star Donald Glover. Last year, "Mozart in the Jungle" and its star Gael Garcia Bernal won both awards.

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent (2014)

Snub: Jeffrey Tambor Goes Home Empty-Handed

While another Emmy for Tambor was such a sure thing that Jimmy Kimmel simply handed him one to "save time" at the beginning of the 2016 Emmys, there was no such certainty at the Globes. The HFPA likes to spread the love around, with the television comedy acting award this year going to Donald Glover for "Atlanta."

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: La La Land Sets Record For Movies

The uplifting Hollywood musical was expected to be a big winner going into the awards show, but no one expected it to sweep every category. It won Globes for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Best Director (Damien Chazelle) and for score, song, and screenplay. That's a record 7 Globes, the most ever won by any film.

Thandie Newton in Westworld (2016)

Snub: "Westworld" Gets No Love

While HBO's futuristic series is a show everyone loves to obsess about it, it left HFPA voters cold. The series, nominated for Best Television Series – Drama, and stars Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, came up empty-handed at the ceremony.

Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chrissy Metz, and Chris Sullivan at an event for This Is Us (2016)

Snub: "This is Us"

Another new series that viewers love, the NBC drama was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama but lost to another popular new hit, "The Crown." Nominees Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz, both nominated as supporting, might have canceled each other out.

Dede Gardner, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Jeremy Kleiner, Barry Jenkins, Nicholas Britell, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Surprise: Moonlight Wins Best Drama

Although this indie has received rave reviews and has been topping all the critics' award lists, the fact that it beat out contenders Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea is still a major upset.