With every single category within the Golden Globes, we do tend to lament the people who were left behind and unfortunately snubbed. Unfortunately, we do that even more so with the Supporting Actor field.
As we said earlier when discussing the nominees for the 2017 show, it’s terrible that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn’t separate this field up into different genres, given that it’s inevitable that some worthy people are going to be snubbed. It’s all the more devastating when the people snubbed are some of your favorites. Comedy shows have almost no chance, and if there’s a hot property like “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” it can score multiple nods and leave little room for everyone else. It’s a deserving show, but this definitely happened this year.
As we’ve been doing throughout our Globes preview series, what we have for you today are, in our view, the five biggest snubs of the category. These were combined by looking at past nominees for not only the Globes, but also nominees elsewhere and pre-show buzz. What we are doing is removing our own personal preference from the equation. There’s a poll at the bottom of this article for you to choose who you think was the biggest snub of the year in this category; we’ll reveal the winners on Sunday, January 8, the morning before the Globes air on NBC.
Louie Anderson, “Baskets” (FX) – Despite winning at many other awards shows, Anderson received no love for playing the title character’s mother here. The main fault of his is strictly that he wasn’t in a drama or a TV movie; this is why Supporting Actor needs to be separated, people!
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul” (AMC) – While he hasn’t won nearly enough awards for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on the “Breaking Bad” prequel, he is routinely nominated and highly praise for giving this character so much depth and heart buried underneath that tough exterior.
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO) – Despite being a potential favorite to win Drama Series, the George R.R. Martin adaptation didn’t clean house in the supporting categories like they did in the Golden Globes. Harington was considered by many to have the strongest year out of anyone for a physically taxing and gut-wrenching performance.
Ed Harris, “Westworld” (HBO) – One of the top actors, someone with previous awards-show clout, on one of television’s most-discussed fall shows. Given the frequent recency bias, this particular snub was stunning.
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz) – He was nominated for the award last year, and given the fondness that the HFPA has shown for the Starz drama, there was a hope that he would get the same love again this time. After all, Black Jack Randall remains one of the most terrifying villains on television, and the fact that Menzies plays a second character in Frank only adds to the resume.
Who do you think is the biggest Supporting Actor snub? Share in the comments or the poll! We have one more category to get through tomorrow in Supporting Actress, so be sure tome back for our take on that. (Photo: Golden Globes.)