Golden Globes 2018: Surprises

SURPRISE: “Mudbound”
Dee Rees’ drama about race and poverty in the post World War II South was a big winner at Sundance Film Fest.  Many wondered if it could be Netflix’s first best picture contender. But so far, only supporting actress Mary J. Blige was recognized. The SAG ensemble nod gives it a big boost.

SURPRISE: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
After receiving a SAG best male actor nomination, over Jake Gyllenhaal (“Stronger”) and Daniel Day-Lewis (“The Phantom Thread”), the star of “Get Out” now seems on his way to his first Oscar nomination. Earlier this week, Kaluuya also received a Golden Globe nod for his work in Jordan Peele’s hit film.

SURPRISE: Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Don’t ever underestimate a Dame. Dench snuck into the best female actor race for reprising her part as Queen Victoria. Let’s not forget that “Victoria & Abdul” was a major hit for Focus Features, grossing more than $60 million worldwide. It’s a competitive year for this category at the Oscars, and Dench had largely been written off by pundits, but there’s a chance that she could be returning to the Academy Awards.

SURPRISE: Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards”
Most of the awards chatter around “Three Billboards” has been for Frances Mcdormand and Sam Rockwell. But the SAG nominating committee also recognized Harrelson’s work as an ailing police officer, giving the movie two nods in the best supporting actor race.

SURPRISE: Marc Maron (“GLOW”)
“GLOW” was the surprise hit of the season — and SAG voters showered it with noms, from its ensemble to its leading lady Alison Brie (even its stunt team earned a nom). Maron earned his first nomination for his performance as the bitter director of the wrestling troupe.