Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Inception’
Despite six prior Globes nominations and a best drama actor win for 2004’s The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio was shut out for both Shutter Island and Inception, despite the latter film garnering four total noms.
‘True Grit’ and the Coen Brothers
The Oscar campaign for the Coen brothers’ True Grit hit a major speed bump after being completely blanked by the Globes voters. The Coens got a best picture nom in 2008 for No Country for Old Men but lost to Atonement before winning the big prize at the Oscars.
Robert Duvall in ‘Get Low’
Duvall’s much-lauded performance in Get Low garnered no recognition despite his four previous Globes acting wins dating back to 1979’s Apocalypse Now.
Clint Eastwood for ‘Hereafter’
Eastwood has a long relationship with the HFPA; he was even given the org’s Cecil B. DeMille honor in 1988. But Hereafter scored zero nominations. Even last year’s Invictus scored him best director recognition.
Mark Ruffalo in ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Ruffalo has been a frontrunner for supporting actor recognition but his comedic performance in Kids Are All Right didn’t score a Globes nomination.
Javier Bardem in ‘Biutiful’
Globes voters have a tradition of recognizing foreign-born actors. But Javier Bardem, who won for supporting actor for No Country for Old Men in 2008, was snubbed for his performance in Biutiful, which was unveiled at the Festival de Cannes.
‘Lesley Manville in ‘Another Year’
Many expected Manville to score a nom for her lauded performance in Mike Leigh’s Another Year. But unlike Sally Hawkins, who won a best comedy actress Globe in 2009 for Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, Manville was ignored. And, for that matter, so was Hawkins’ latest performance in Made in Dagenham.
’127 Hours’ Director Danny Boyle
Boyle failed to score a best director nom and 127 Hours came up short in the best picture drama race, despite winning for director for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.
‘The Town’ Director Ben Affleck
Despite its penchant for nominating big stars (see Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp noms for The Tourist), Affleck was snubbed as director and actor for The Town, despite some of the best reviews of his career. The film’s Jeremy Renner did score a supporting actor nom.
Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost Writer’
The film was completely shut out. Even though Polanski won a best director Oscar for 2002’s The Pianist, Globes voters haven’t nominated him since 1979’s Tess.