Sometimes it’s not who actually won the award but who lost out that makes the headlines.
During 2018, Disney/Marvel/Pixar produced some of the most profitable movies of the year and together received nine Golden Globe nominations in 2019 for the films Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet — but sadly didn’t win a single award.
Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 incredibly lost out to Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. How is that possible? Linda Maleh from Forbes has an idea:
“There have only been two other times when the award has not gone to Disney or Pixar — The Adventures of TinTin in 2011 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014. It takes a perfect storm to win against those odds,” says Maleh.
This Marvel film (not produced by Disney) is “a film with deep character-arcs, a bold and risky plot, and an animation style unlike any other, not to mention, Miles is the second black superhero to lead a film after Black Panther … When the year started, no one expected Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to be the film everyone would be talking about, but now that it is, this award feels undeniably well deserved.”
Meanwhile, the other black superhero, Disney’s Black Panther, which was up for three nominations including Best Picture (Drama), Best Original Song and Best Original Score, went home with nothing.
Although much-loved by critics and audiences alike, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns also failed to bring home any awards. Both of the film’s leads, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda were up for Best Actress and Actor awards but lost to Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) and Christian Bale (Vice). The musical even lost the Best Original Score award to First Man and not a single song from the movie was nominated for Best Original Song.
Although these Disney movies were not the only ones snubbed. Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians was the first studio film with an Asian-American cast in 25 years, reports The Wrap, and was nominated for two awards this year. Constance Wu was up for Best Actress and the film itself was up for Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) but they both lost.
Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, the feuding sisters in The Favourite, also battled it out for Best Supporting Actress only to lose to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk. However, their co-star Olivia Coleman, who played the queen, won for Best Actress.
Even God lost out this year. Typically, God or Jesus is often thanked during award show acceptance speeches, but this year, Christian Bale, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) thanked Satan!
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” said Bale who portrayed Vice President Dick Chaney in Vice. “What do you think, Mitch McConnell next?” Bale asked, referring to the Senate Majority Leader. “That would be good, wouldn’t it?”
And sometimes you win some and lose some. Lady Gaga won the award for writing the Best Song, “Shallow” for her film A Star is Born, but did not win the Best Actress award for singing that song in the movie.
As for the other big music-theme movie, Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the biggest winners of the night winning Best Motion Picture (Drama). However, that doesn’t mean that everyone involved was thanked.
Director Bryan Singer, who has been accused of sexual abuse but was officially removed from the making of the film just weeks before it wrapped up because he would “vanish for extended periods of time” and “notoriously clashed” with Rami Malek, was not thanked during Malek’s winning speech for Best Actor.
And even when you win you can be snubbed, as was the case with Rami Malek. Those who were paying attention noticed that Nicole Kidman, who presented the award for the Best Actor award, walked away afterward not noticing Malek who was trying to shake her hand. This was most likely an innocent snub, but was still a bit embarrassing for the actor.