Golden Globes Voters Snub Will Smith and ‘Emancipation’

Emancipation Movie did not receive any Golden Globes nominations. (Credit: Apple TV+)

On a day that saw Viola Davis and Angela Bassett pick up well-deserved Golden Globes nominations, there were also some surprising snubs when the nominations were announced Monday morning.

Will Smith, who continues to make headlines for slapping Chris Rock earlier this year at the Oscars, was not nominated for his performance in the slavery drama Emancipation. In fact, the film was shut out of the nominations.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hands out the Golden Globes, also snubbed Tom Cruise — star of Top Gun: Maverick. Although the film, which is the #1 grossing movie of the year, did pick up nominations for best motion picture – drama and best original song for Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand.”

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Among other snubs, HFPA voters ignored Civil Rights drama Till and the film’s lead actress, Danielle Deadwyler, who has received widespread acclaim for her performance as Mamie Till-Mobley.

Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of The Woman King, was snubbed as well.

Of the filmmakers nominated in the best director — motion picture category, none were women and none were Black.

HFPA voters gave nods to James Cameron for Avatar: The Way of Water; Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere All at Once. Martin McDonagh received a nomination for The Banshees of Inisherin; Baz Luhrmann was nominated for Elvis; and Steven Spielberg picked up a nomination for The Fabelmans.

Jordan Peele’s Nope was shut out of the nominations, as was New York City-set immigrant drama Nanny from writer-director Nikyatu Jusu.

The 2023 Golden Globes will mark a return to television for the embattled awards show. Last year’s ceremony wasn’t televised after a Los Angeles Times exposé revealed the HFPA didn’t have a single Black member.

Following a boycott of the Globes by Hollywood insiders, the HFPA added 103 new members and increased diversity within its ranks. The group said 51.8 percent of its voters are now racially and ethnically diverse.

The Golden Globes will air live coast-to-coast on NBC and Peacock on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.