The Hollywood Foreign Press Association seems to delight in confounding prognosticators and did so again during Sunday’s 74th Golden Globe Awards, with several unexpected winners taking the stage to claim their trophies. Heavy favorite “La La Land” swept all seven categories in which it was nominated, but many of the other awards had an international flair.
Here are some of Sunday’s notable snubs and surprises:
Surprise: Aaron Taylor-Johnson
British actor Taylor-Johnson, who played a rural Texas serial killer in “Nocturnal Animals,” topped a star-studded field to take home the Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy.
Snub: Mahershala Ali
One of the heavy favorites that Taylor-Johnson edged out was Ali, who won rave reviews for playing truly multifaceted drug dealer Juan in “Moonlight.”
Surprise: Billy Bob Thornton
The “Goliath” star and Oscar winner beat out heavy favorite Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) to win for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama.
Snub: Rami Malek
Malek is the current Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his star turn as Elliot Alderson in “Mr. Robot,” but couldn’t add a Golden Globe despite being nominated two years in a row.
Surprise: Tracee Ellis Ross
“Black-ish” star Ross edged out a megawatt field including “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sarah Jessica Parker and breakout star Issa Rae to take home the Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
Surprise: Hugh Laurie
AMC’s “The Night Manager” went three-for-three on Sunday, with two-time Golden Globe winner Laurie claiming the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film — besting high-wattage contenders from the critically beloved “People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Snub: John Lithgow
The veteran actor’s co-star on Netflix’s period drama “The Crown,” Claire Foy, won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth. But Lithgow, who plays Winston Churchill and was considered a slight favorite, lost out to Laurie.
Surprise: Olivia Colman
Colman kept up “The Night Manager” momentum, topping a field including “Westworld” actress Thandie Newton to take home the hardware for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Snub: Thandie Newton
HBO’s “Westworld” is the premium cable channels latest must-watch epic, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association looked beyond the sci-fi thriller, which was completely shut out.
Surprise: Tom Hiddleston
Hiddleston, who starred as the title character in “The Night Manager,” joined co-stars Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman as Golden Globe winners, taking home the hardware for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film.
Snub: Courtney B. Vance
Vance embodied O.J. Simpson’s silver-tongued and brightly hued attorney Johnnie Cochran in FX’s “American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.” And while he won an Emmy for that role, Hiddleston edged him out in the eyes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Surprise: Isabelle Huppert
Maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise given the fact that it is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but the “Elle” star topped heavy betting favorite Natalie Portman of “Jackie” to claim Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Snub: Natalie Portman
The “Jackie” star was a huge 1-to-4 favorite for her embodiment of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, but the Oscar winner lost out to Huppert on Sunday.