MJ Rodriguez Deserved a Damn Golden Globe Nomination

MJ Rodriguez

Sure, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can nominate whoever it wants for Golden Globes. That’s literally their job. But who’s to say they get it right every time? Following Thursday’s nominations, we’ve got a few names that should’ve made the cut.

Here’s our list of the films and performances that were snubbed.

MJ Rodriguez, Pose

When MJ Rodriguez as Blanca pleads to Damon’s dance instructor on behalf of her chosen son in an early episode of Pose, goosebumps the size Mars pop up all over my body. Paired with a stirring episode-long performance when Blanca must confront her disproving family at her mother’s funeral, we know Rodriguez can hold her own with the best actors in the industry.

Mary, Queen of Scots

This drama about Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, is the intense family drama we need. But the captivating performances of Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie were left on the cutting room floor. There’s also a small LGBTQ storyline where Mary Stuart walks in on her husband in bed with a man on her wedding night. Scandalous!

Burning

You probably haven’t seen the Korean film Burning, but when I tell you Steven Yeun’s performance in this mystery drama is marvelous, I need you to believe me. Though critically acclaimed, it didn’t get any love with the HFPA, which instead chose to reward the problematic, trans trauma porn that is Netflix’s Girl.

Mary Poppins Returns

Imagine telling the world that not one song of a Disney movie-musical is competition for Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan and Dolly Parton. Such is the case as Mary Poppins Returns nabbed no recognition for its original music. Still, the sequel to the classic earned nods for its score and lead performances by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as in the best motion picture comedy or musical category.

Toni Collette, Hereditary

I’m not one for horror movies, and they always get the short end of the stick in Hollywood. But from what I could see on the large screen through my fingers, Toni Collette deserves.

Atlanta

The second season of the genre-bending comedy, despite being an Emmy favorite this year, was shut out of series recognition. Star Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) did receive a nomination, but we all know it’s the ensemble, including Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz, that we tune in for each week.

Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give

As a teen who witnesses the death of her best friend at the hands of a white police officer, Amandla Stenberg delivered what I find to be one of the best on-screen performances of the year — of any gender — in George Tillman’s The Hate U Give. I’ll also add that Russell Hornsby’s turn as her father was career-making.

GLOW

If you’re not watching GLOW, simply put, you should be. Alison Brie has been on the only actress of the cast to be recognized by the HFPA, this year and last, but the ladies around her make this Netflix series sing.

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Might this be the formal beginning of Hollywood not recognizing the cinematic feat Coogler pulled off? While the superhero flick earned a film nomination, its director — whose leadership and vision gifted us the highest domestic grossing movie of the year — didn’t make the cut.

Westworld

Thandie Newton earned a nomination for her Westworld role but the show deserved one for best drama. It’s another supremely underrated ensemble including Evan Rachel Wood.

Widows

The HFPA obviously didn’t see Widows. That’s the only explanation for passing over Steve McQueen’s intellectual heist thriller starring Queen Mother Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki. And the performances from Brian Tyree Henry and Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya are to die for. The ensemble should’ve been rewarded with nod.

Love, Simon

Say what you will, but Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon makes me cry every single time with solid performances from Nick Robertson, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Jennifer Garner. It probably wasn't even submitted for consideration, but it should’ve been!

Related: The Queer Guide to the Golden Globes, from Pose to Troye Sivan

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