Golden Globes 2021 snubs: 'I May Destroy You', 'Da 5 Bloods', 'Bridgerton' and 'Minari' all overlooked

Critics have accused the awards of having 'zero connection to actual culture', given the oversights

 Michaela Coel in 'I May Destroy You'. The critically acclaimed series did not receive a single nomination for the Golden Globes. Courtesy HBO 
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Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You was one of the most acclaimed television series of 2020, if not the past 10 years.

However, the 12-part series failed to pick up a single Golden Globe nomination on Wednesday, making it one of the biggest Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubs of the night.

A number of high-profile stars and critics were quick to speak out about the glaring omission, with Jodie Turner-Smith simply tweeting, "Michaela Coel was robbed".

Shameless star Emmy Rossum also said: "I May Destroy You is the best show of the year. It's not even debatable."

Journalist Lydia Polgreen also joined in: "The total freeze out of I May Destroy You and Michaela Coel is proof that the Golden Globes deserve zero attention and have zero connection to the actual culture."

I May Destroy You, a series about the aftermath of a sexual assault, has been described by fans as "essential" and a "masterpiece". The BBC One and HBO show was eligible for the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television award, for which Normal People, The Queen's Gambit, Small Axe, The Undoing and Unorthodox received nominations.

This was not the only snubbed series, either.

Netflix's Bridgerton, which was released on December 25, didn't receive a single nomination despite becoming the most popular original series on the streaming platform. It was watched by 82 million households in its first four weeks of release, according to the streamer.

Zendaya-starring HBO series Euphoria, which released two specials in the eligibility window, was another notable absentee on the list of nominees. The first series of the show was also omitted from the 2020 awards.

The actress, 24, also stars in Malcolm & Marie, which critics had predicted would land the actress a nomination. The film is not yet released, but hits Netflix on Friday, February 5, before the Golden Globes' Sunday, February 28, eligibility cut-off date.

The list of movie nominations was no less controversial this year. Arguably, the most discussed oversight is Minari.

The film, set and shot in the US, and written and directed by American-Korean filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, tells the story of an immigrant family pursuing the American dream.

However, because the primary language used in the film is Korean, not English, it did not qualify for the Best Motion Picture – Drama award. Instead, the film was nominated for Best Picture – Foreign Language.

"The whole point of Minari was that it was supposed to be an American film about the struggles of a Korean-American family in integrating with American society," wrote Twitter user @phqntomthrd. "The fact that it's put under the foreign language category is just disrespectful to everyone involved and its message."

Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods was expected to pick up a number of nominations, including Best Drama and Best Director, however the Vietnam War film was totally overlooked by the HFPA.

The Netflix-backed film, which stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, as well as Chadwick Boseman, currently has a critic-awarded score of 92 per cent on ratings site Rotten Tomatoes.

The fact that Lee's Da 5 Bloods was missed off the list of nominations was deemed particularly surprising, given the fact that the director's children have been named Golden Globe ambassadors.

Satchel and Jackson Lee are the first siblings of colour to hold the position.


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