• Golden Globe statues are displayed at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards nominations at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, (AAP)Source: AAP
Some big names were omitted from the list of Golden Globes nominees.

11 Dec 2015 - 11:40 AM  UPDATED 11 Dec 2015 - 11:46 AM

For once, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may have actually restored order to awards season. After SAG announced its baffling nominations on Wednesday, which snubbed many of the perceived frontrunners, the Golden Globes nominees on Thursday were not as shocking. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Matt Damon (The Martian), Sylvester Stallone (Creed) and Will Smith (Concussion) all made the cut for the Jan. 10 dinner that tends to pack in as many A-list celebrities as possible.

The Golden Globes are selected by less than 100 foreign journalists and photographers who don't overlap with Academy voters, but they are often a reliable predictor of who will be nominated--and possibly win--the Oscars. The big winners this morning were Carol, which landed more nominations than any other film (with five), and Mad Max: Fury Road, which picked up surprise nods in best picture drama and director (George Miller). 

'Carol,' Netflix lead Golden Globes nominations
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Here are the 12 biggest snubs.

Johnny Depp, 'Black Mass'

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves Depp so much, he's landed 10 Golden Globe nominations over his career (in 2010, he was a double nominee for "The Tourist" and "Alice in Wonderland"). But for some reason, they weren't moved by his gritty performance as Whitey Bulger in the Warner Bros. gangster movie. The fact that Will Smith was snubbed for the SAG and Depp for the Globe could help boost Leonardo DiCaprio's chances of winning the best actor Oscar for "The Revenant," since he received nominations from both groups--making him the official frontrunner in the category.

Black Mass review 

The cast of 'Spotlight'

Despite its position as an awards season frontrunner, which received nominations for best picture drama and director (Tom McCarthy), the entire cast of "Spotlight" was snubbed at the Golden Globes. Perhaps it's the result of a decision to campaign the ensemble in the supporting categories, causing Keaton and Ruffalo to cancel each other out. This has been a bad week for Keaton, who also didn't receive a SAG nomination, which casts doubt on the early season prediction that the "Batman"/"Birdman" star would finally win an Oscar.

Tom Hardy, 'The Revenant'

The US$135 million epic directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned four nominations at the Globes, including best picture, director and actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). But, sadly, the Hollywood Foreign Press didn't make room for Hardy, who helps carry the film as fur trapper John Fitzgerald in one of his best screen performances. If he wants to be considered for an Oscar nomination, he'll need to start campaigning.

The Revenant review

Tom Hanks, 'Bridge of Spies

After losing out on a SAG and Globe nomination, Hanks will probably be sidelined at the Oscars as well. Although Academy voters are said to like the Steve Spielberg thriller set during the Cold War, the actors race is too competitive this year with DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Smith (Concussion), who all received Golden Globe nominations.

Bridge of Spies review 

Jacob Tremblay, 'Room'

Though Room made a strong showing for best actress (Brie Larson), script and picture, the Hollywood Foreign Press couldn't find room in the best supporting actor category to recognize its scene-stealing 9-year-old star.

Meryl Streep, 'Ricki and the Flash'

It looks like this will be the rare year without Streep at an awards show. Despite her record-setting 29 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins, she wasn't able to eke into the best musical/comedy category for playing an aging rocker in the Jonathan Demme-directed film.

Robert De Niro, 'The Intern'

De Niro's performance in the Nancy Meyers crowd-pleaser is tailor-made for the Golden Globes' musical/comedy category. However, voters gave his spot to Al Pacino in the comedy Danny Collins.

Elizabeth Banks, 'Love and Mercy'

Although Paul Dano made the Golden Globes short list for his performance as a young Brian Wilson, Banks wasn't so lucky for playing his eventual wife.

Love and Mercy review 

Charlotte Rampling, '45 Years'

The Globes tend to favor big movies stories over character actresses, but Rampling's lack of love from the SAG and Hollywood Foreign Press means she'll have to campaign extra hard to get on the Academy's radar for her performance as an elderly woman who comes to the terms with the truth of her marriage.

The 'Mad Men' farewell

The Globes haven't nominated AMC's landmark drama in the series category since 2011, but any hopes HFPA voters might feel sentimental and hand the show a sentimental sendoff nom were dashed this morning. However, star Jon Hamm did pick up his sixth Globe nomination for playing Don Draper. (He won back in 2008.)

Lena Dunham, 'Girls'

HBO's Brooklyn dramedy may no longer be the youngest, hottest show around but it had never missed out on a Globes series nom ... until this year.

'True Detective' Season 2

After four noms last year, the divisive second installment of HBO's anthology series fired blanks with Globe voters this year. Cracking the limited series field was a longshot, but recognition for stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn or Rachel McAdams wasn't out of the question. SAG voters ignored it too. Your move, Emmys.


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