• No female Directors in the Best Director category.
  • Robert De Niro, Lupita Nyong'O have not been nominated in the Acting categories.
  • "When They See Us" completely shut out by the HFPA on the Television side.

The awards season has kicked off and the nominations for the first televised awards ceremony of the year, Golden Globes, have already been unveiled. As always, there were some movies and TV shows that unexpectedly popped up in the nominations while there were some that were snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Let us take a look at some of the movies, TV shows, directors and actors who were shut out of 2020 Golden Globes nominations.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the biggest snub of the year is the absence of Greta Gerwig in the Best Director category. This is the second time Gerwig was snubbed by HFPA. Two years ago, she was not nominated in the same category for her movie “Lady Bird,” but later was nominated in the Best Director category at the Academy Awards.

Since 2015, no female director has been able to make an entry into the prestigious list. Ava Du Vernay was the last female director to get nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes for her movie “Selma.”

The other four female directors to ever get nominated were Barbra Streisand (“Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost In Translation”), and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty”).

No one can forget how Natalie Portman blasted the HFPA while presenting the best director category in 2018. The Academy Award-winning actress went off script and noted, “And here are all the male nominees.” At the time, the organization was criticized by various directors and producers for the exclusion of women in the directing group.

On the other hand, Robert De Niro was not nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in the movie “The Irishman.” Yesterday, De Niro was nominated in the same category at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards and is expected to earn his eighth Best Actor nod for his portrayal of gangster Frank Sheeran. The names included on the list are Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain And Glory”) and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci have both been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their stellar work in Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama.

Another acting snub came in the person of Lupita Nyong’O who was not recognized for her work in the movie “Us.” The esteemed actress was announced as the Best Actress by New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), got nominated in the same category at Critics’ Choice Awards and was a runner-up in the awards announced by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Even after winning or getting nominated in almost every award show, HFPA chose to not add her to the Best Actress (Drama) category which includes Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”), Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) and Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”).

On the television side, the biggest snub of the year was the exclusion of Ava Du Vernay’s “When They See Us.” The Netflix drama, which was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this year, was completely shut out of the nominations. All the actors who were nominated for Emmys could not get an acting nod at the Golden Globes.

Jharrel Jerome, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, could not find a spot in the same group at the Globes. Last year’s winner in the Best Actress (Drama) category, Sandra Oh, also could not manage to find herself on the list of nominated actresses.

Some Other Notable Snubs


Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) – Best Actor

Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) – Best Director

Clint Eastwood (“Richard Jewell”) – Best Director

“Bombshell” and “Little Women” – Best Picture


Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis Dreyfus (“Veep”) – Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Zendaya (“Euphoria”) – Best Actress in a Drama Series

“Watchmen” and “Pose” – Best Drama Series

Greta Gerwig
Actress Greta Gerwig attends the AFI Fest 2013 in Los Angeles Nov. 8, 2013. Reuters/Phil McCarten