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Golden Globes 2016: five nomination snubs

Bridge of Spies and Johnny Depp among those who missed out on a Golden Globe nomination

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Cate Blanchett's romantic drama Carol is leading the way for next year's Golden Globes, with five nominations, while The Revenant and The Big Short each have four nods. Eddie Redmayne could also win his second best actor award in the space of two years, for The Danish Girl, although he will have to beat Leonardo DiCaprio, whose role in The Revenant has won high praise. But there were also some surprise snubs when the 73rd Golden Globes were announced yesterday. Here are some of the contenders that didn't make the cut:

Bridge of Spies

Stephen Spielberg's period drama, Bridge of Spies, featuring Tom Hanks, is described as "awards-bait" by the Daily Beast, which expresses surprise that the "pleasantly reviewed, well-liked film and its pleasant, well-liked star" was overlooked. But another snub could be on its way for Hanks. Variety predicts that he "will probably be side-lined at the Oscars as well".

Johnny Depp

The actor has accumulated ten Globe nods over the years, including a best actor win for Sweeney Todd. He is a firm favourite with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has been described as "gaga" over him. All of which adds to the shock that his part in gangster flick Black Mass has been overlooked.  The Hollywood Reporter describes his exclusion as a "big surprise".

Spotlight

Although the show was given a nod in the best picture drama category, its star-studded cast, including Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, got nothing. Vanity Fair describes this as the latest in the Golden Globes tradition of "wacky choices". The Chicago Tribune notes that the snub caps a bad week for Keaton, who also didn't receive a SAG nomination.

Traditional broadcasters

In a year heavy on nominations for streaming series, for the first time, not a single broadcast show is nominated for a comedy/musical series award. This means shows such as Mad Men, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs and The Last Man on Earth are overlooked.

Also significant here is the fact that for the first time ever, NBC, the very channel the Golden Globes is broadcast on, received zero nominations. All of which must make traditional television feel a bit down. "Pour one out for broadcast," says Fox News.

Non-white talent

Out of 29 actors nominated for awards, all but two are white. As Time notes: "Even as on-screen diversity sees steps forward – as with Viola Davis becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama back in September – change sometimes seems to happen not in leaps and bounds but in a slow trickle."

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