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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Melissa McCarthy, ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and more Golden Globe snubs


What, Golden Globes, a boy wizard isn’t good enough for you? (Jaap Buitendijk - Warner Bros.)

We’ve covered the Golden Globe nominations pretty thoroughly today in Celebritology, focusing on the key surprises in both the movie and television categories, as well as nods earned by former cast members from “The Wire.”

But now we must turn our attention to the snubbed, the overlooked and the bypassed — those actors, directors, films and TV shows that, for whatever reason, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not see fit to nominate this year. Here are the 10 — including, yes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” — we found most perplexing. Vote for the most egregious snub in the poll that appears below, and feel free to post a comment or tweet using the hashtag #globesfail to express your unhappiness with those absent from the nominees list.

More Globes coverage:

‘The Artist,’ Clooney lead Golden Globe nominations

Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling and Globe movie surprises

The nomination announcement: Vergara stumbles, Harrelson plugs ‘Rampart’

Golden Globe TV surprises

Photos: The Golden Globe nominations

Full list of nominees

Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids”

After listening to months of speculation that McCarthy might get an Oscar nomination for her uninhibited turn in this comedy — speculation that, admittedly, could be a bunch of bunk — she didn’t make the supporting actress cut. Unlike in the lead acting categories, the Foreign Press does not distinguish between drama and comedy, and that clearly hurt her. She was edged out by the Jessica Chastains and Shailene Woodleys of the world.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

There was an admittedly very outside chance that the final chapter in the anti-Voldemort epic would be nominated for best picture. But Potter fans are still bellyaching about the fact that it wasn’t recognized in any category, especially since it was such a massively successful franchise.


(Ursula Coyote - AMC)

“Breaking Bad”

Bryan Cranston was nominated for best actor, but the AMC series was left off the best TV drama list. Foreign Press, you do not want to make fans of a meth dealer angry.

“Once Upon a Time”

The most widely watched new drama of the fall TV season would seem like an obvious Golden Globe candidate, given the voters’ tendency to honor that which is fresh and new. But ABC’s fairy-tale-come-to-life got bupkus. Maybe it wasn’t “edgy” enough?

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

The 9/11 weeper starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and a sublimely silent Max von Sydow hasn’t opened yet. But it was screened for the Foreign Press and other critics. Given the strength of its performances, as well as the often heartbreaking nature of its story, I was quite surprised to see it neglected entirely. The Golden Globe voters don’t always behave in the same way that Oscar voters do. So despite the Foreign Press snubs, I still expect the Academy to rally around this one.

“The Muppets”

Riddle me this: Which other movie released this year can be better defined as both a musical and a comedy? “My Week With Marilyn”? Ehhhhh. Wrong answer. You’d think the Foreign Press would have been all over this, what with Miss Piggy working at French Vogue and all.

“The Good Wife”

This got the same kind of deal “Breaking Bad” did — a nomination for its lead (Julianna Margulies) but nothing in the best TV drama category.

“Parks and Recreation”

Maybe it’s just me, but I think the people of Pawnee are funnier than the people on “New Girl.” Was it snubbed because Jean Ralphio rubs the members of the Foreign Press the wrong way? Because, you know, he has a tendency to do that.


(Paramount Pictures)

“Young Adult”

In a previous post, I noted that the Foreign Press has nominated every single one of Jason Reitman’s films for best picture. That streak apparently ended with this character study of a former mean girl (Charlize Theron) who still wears Hello Kitty T-shirts.

Terrence Malick

“The Tree of Life” was gushed over by cineastes who appreciated its gorgeous visuals and bold, stream-of-consciousness storytelling. Still, its director was overlooked in favor of less experimental efforts by George Clooney and Woody Allen.

Which snub bugged you the most? Vote now.

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