Entertainment

Golden Globes snubs Clint Eastwood yet again

By Jim Slotek, Special to Postmedia Network

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks in a scene from the film, "Sully." (Handout photo)

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks in a scene from the film, "Sully." (Handout photo)

By now Clint Eastwood has to think it’s personal between him and the Hollywood Foreign Press.

The organization’s Golden Globe award nominations were announced Monday. And among a handful of surprises, the biggest was the omission of Tom Hanks in the best dramatic actor category as pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in Eastwood’s Sully.

The combination of carrying a box office hit and, well, being Tom Hanks, made Hanks a favourite to crack the category. Instead, Viggo Mortensen made it for the little seen comedy/drama Captain Fantastic.

The announcement echoed a similar snub two years ago, when Eastwood’s Oscar-bound hit American Sniper was shut out of every Golden Globe category.

Aside from a handful of other omissions, the Golden Globe noms went pretty much as expected. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a romantic musical with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, led the way with seven.

That movie and the two other awards season favourites – Moonlight and Manchester By The Sea – all scored “Big Four” for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and acting nominations.

And while they have no apparent love for Clint, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have apparently given a full pardon to the once scandal-plagued Mel Gibson. His WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge earned a best dramatic picture nod, a best director nomination for Gibson and best dramatic actor for erstwhile Spider-man Andrew Garfield.

Also getting its due, Lion – the true story of an Indian-born Australian adoptee who traces the traumatic events of his separation from his birth family. The movie was nominated for best dramatic picture, with acting nominations for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

On the TV side, the GGs gave plenty of attention to The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (noms to Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown) and best Television limited series.

But questions, we’ve got questions. Like Westworld, nominated in the same category, managed one acting nomination for Thandie Newton. No Anthony Hopkins. No Evan Rachel Wood. No Jeffrey Wright.

Winona Ryder is up for best actress for Stranger Things. Wasn’t that series all about the kids? Where are they?

Game Of Thrones Kit Harrington? This wasn’t Jon Snow’s year (despite the series being all about him this season).

A bit of a surprise that the Gilmore Girls reboot got no attention. It got plenty of hype, had the reviews, and is the kind of thing that’s on the GGs’ radar.

And anyone who didn’t notice that Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan on The Walking Dead wasn’t villain-of-the-year wasn’t paying attention.

While we’re talking about Clint, another film legend, Martin Scorsese was also ignored. His new film Silence (yet to open, but in awards competition) was ignored, as were actors Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival has had plenty of raves and some early critics award nominations and wins, but was acknowledged only with a best dramatic actress nomination for Amy Adams.

The Jan. 8 Golden Globes will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon and broadcast by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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