The 6 Worst Golden Globe Nominees

While 2016 was deemed a lackluster year for film thanks to Hollywood’s obsession with franchises and reboots, it was a year of great TV with standout new shows like Stranger Things and Westworld. As award season begins its takeover, culminating with the Academy Awards in February, we finally get a critical look at the best movies and TV shows of the year.

Although the list of Golden Globe nominees represent the opinions of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), not every film, TV show, and actor should be on the list. Some of this year’s Golden Globe nominees just don’t deserve the recognition over other unmentioned contenders. Curious what Golden Globe nominees are the worst? Read on.

1. Nick Nolte for Graves


Nick Nolte in Graves | Epix

Listed among more recognizable shows like black-ish and Atlanta, Graves just seems like another no-name TV show. However, much to our surprise, Graves star Nick Nolte was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the series.

The Epix comedy stars Nolte as a former U.S. president who admits to the mistakes he made while in office, stepping back into the spotlight just in time to thwart his wife’s political ambitions (played by Sela Ward).

2. Billy Bob Thornton for Goliath


Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath | Amazon Prime

What’s Goliath, you say? If you’ve never heard of this Amazon series, you’re not alone. Apparently the show premiered on Amazon Prime in October, and while Thornton is supposedly great in it, hearing his name alongside Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) was a bit of a shock.

In the film, Thornton plays a once powerful lawyer who lets his drinking habit take over his life and career. When he’s persuaded to take part in a wrongful death lawsuit against the massive law firm he helped create, he stumbles upon a deadly conspiracy. 

3. Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool


Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool | 20th Century Fox

We have nothing against Ryan Reynolds or Deadpool, in fact, both are pretty damn great. Still, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it’s unlikely that either the actor or the film will go on to make the Oscar list.

For those who missed it, Deadpool was a certified blockbuster hit, bringing in over $782 million worldwide. Reynolds starred as the titular, foul mouthed Marvel comic book character in a film that surprised critics and pleased fans. Reynolds is nominated for his performance, while the film got a nod for Best Motion Picture.

4. Sing Street

British actress Lucy Boynton poses during a photocall for the movie "Sing Street" on September 6, 2016 in the French northwestern sea resort of Deauville, as part of the 42nd Deauville US Film Festival. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucy Boynton who appears in Sing Street | Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

This little-known musical has been nominated alongside comedies Florence Foster Jenkins (starring Meryl Streep) and La La Land (starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling). Although the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has received great reviews, it doesn’t quite live up to the standards set by its competition.

The story revolves around a 14-year-old boy in 1980s Dublin who starts a band to impress a girl. The music provides a much-needed escape from his rocky home life and the rough, inner-city school he attends. While the film may not live up to it’s competitors, it brought in $13.1 million at the box office and has a near perfect 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. Hacksaw Ridge


Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge | Summit Entertainment

No one’s arguing that Hacksaw Ridge isn’t deserving of a nomination for Best Motion Picture, but what’s worrisome is that director Mel Gibson’s film beat out Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Clint Eastwood’s Sully for the nod.

The violent World War II film tells the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Doss was the only American soldier in World War II who was in the front lines without a weapon, as he believed killing was intrinsically wrong. The film marks Gibson’s return to Hollywood after his controversial past.

6. Colin Farrell for The Lobster

Colin Farrell in The Lobster

Colin Farrell in The Lobster | A24

Colin Farrell finds his name among the likes of Jonah Hill, Hugh Grant, and Ryan Gosling for his role in The Lobster. While the film currently holds an impressive 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, the quirky film seems like an odd Golden Globe contender.

The movie follows a man who has been dumped by his wife. In addition to dealing with his heartbreak, he lives in a society where single people have only 45 days to find true love. If they don’t meet the deadline they’re turned into an animal and released into the woods. Sound strange? We agree.

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