The 11 biggest Golden Globes snubs and surprises included Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Foster, and Rosamund Pike

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Jodie Foster Viola Davis
Jodie Foster pulled off a surprise win, but Viola Davis went home empty handed. STXfilms/Netflix
  • The 78th Golden Globes saw "Nomadland," "The Queen's Gambit," and "The Crown" win big.

  • The night saw some surprise wins, including Jodie Foster, Daniel Kaluuya, and Rosamund Pike.

  • This meant there were a few snubs, too, with Viola Davis and Maria Bakalova those who missed out.

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The 78th Golden Globes took place on Sunday on both coasts of the USA, with Tina Fey hosting at The Rainbow Room in New York and Amy Poehler hosting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The ceremony started off as a Zoom ceremony only could - with the night's first winner, Daniel Kaluuya ("Judas and the Black Messiah"), stuck on mute for half of his speech.

As the night unfolded, however, the big winners became clear - and that came with a fair few surprises and a sprinkling of snubs, too.

Both winners of the motion picture supporting actor and supporting actress categories, Kaluuya and Jodie Foster, ("The Mauritanian") surprised with wins in competitive categories while Rosamund Pike ("I Care a Lot") took home best actress in a motion picture, comedy - beating favorite Maria Bakalova for "Borat Subsequent MovieFilm."

Meanwhile, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" actress Andra Day pulled off a surprise win for best actress in a motion picture, drama.

Scroll down for a full list of the night's biggest surprises and snubs.

Surprise: Jodie Foster won best supporting actress in a motion picture

Jodie Foster in the Mauritanian
"The Mauritanian" was directed by Kevin Macdonald. STXfilms

Jodie Foster's nomination for "The Mauritanian" was a surprise in itself, so her win here goes down as one of the night's biggest surprises.

The category was fairly open, but all four of the other nominees seemed better placed to win — Glenn Close ("Hillbilly Elegy"), Olivia Colman ("The Father"), Amanda Seyfried ("Mank"), and Helena Zengel ("News of the World").

Colman and Seyfried in particular looked like the two favorites, but Foster pulled off the win for her underseen movie "The Mauritanian," which makes sense considering the Globes also liked it enough to nominate Foster's relatively unknown costar Tahar Rahim.

This win, Foster's first since winning in best actress in a drama in 1989 for "The Accused," puts her in good stead for an Oscar nomination. The last time the winner of this category failed to land an Oscar nomination was in 1976 when Katharine Ross won for "Voyage of the Damned."

Surprise: Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor in a motion picture

Judas and the Black Messiah
"Judas and the Black Messiah" was directed by Shaka King. Warner Bros. Pictures

The other supporting category for motion pictures also threw up a bit of a surprise when Daniel Kaluuya won for "Judas and the Black Messiah."

The category looked to be a straight fight between Sacha Baron Cohen ("The Trial of the Chicago 7") and Leslie Odom Jr. ("One Night in Miami"). However, "Judas and the Black Messiah" has been growing steadily in recent weeks and is gaining more and more traction as we approach Oscar nominations.

This win is a clear sign of that, and voters were clearly taken by Kaluuya's fierce performance. Kaluuya is now the likely favorite for the Oscar, too.

Surprise: Andra Day won best actress in a motion picture, drama

Andra Day Billie Holiday
"The United States vs. Billie Holiday" was directed by Lee Daniels. Hulu

Andra Day's win was one of the night's biggest shocks. Viola Davis ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") and Frances McDormand ("Nomadland") looked to be the favorites, while Carey Mulligan ("Promising Young Woman") was a real possibility of sneaking in and pulling off the victory.

Davis could have won alongside her costar Chadwick Boseman, who posthumously won best actor in a motion picture, drama, while McDormand's movie was a hit with voters. Day's win seemingly came from nowhere.

Snub: Viola Davis lost out for the same award for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" was directed by George C. Wolfe. Netflix

Davis has been critically acclaimed for her role in Netflix's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and there has been a big awards campaign for the actress, who is looking to win her first best actress award at the Oscars after winning best supporting actress for "Fences" in 2017.

Davis has been nominated everywhere so far this awards season, and a Davis-Boseman pairing for the two lead drama categories at the Globes looked likely.

Snub: Frances McDormand also lost out on the award for "Nomadland"

Frances McDormand Nomadland
"Nomadland" was directed by Chloé Zhao. Searchlight Pictures

If Davis weren't to win, Frances McDormand looked like the second in contention. Her movie, "Nomadland," was clearly a hit for Globes voters, taking home both best director (Chloé Zhao) and best motion picture, drama.

The movie had the support from voters, so it's a surprise that McDormand couldn't join the party and take home the prize. Her performance has been touted as awards-worthy across the board, too.

Surprise: Rosamund Pike won best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Rosamund Pike I Care a Lot
"I Care a Lot" was directed by J Blakeson. Netflix

This category seemed like one of the least competitive of the night, with the award Maria Bakalova's to lose. But Pike became another Brit to win a Golden Globe and took home the award despite little awards attention elsewhere and a movie that has largely gone under the radar.

It doesn't look like it will be enough for Pike to earn her second Oscar nomination, but the win here is a real victory considering Bakalova looked like a sure-fire win.

Snub: Maria Bakalova was expected to win for "Borat Subsequent MovieFilm"

Maria Bakalova Borat 2
"Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" was directed Jason Woliner. Amazon Studios

Pike's performance was worthy of awards, but Bakalova had everything going for her. She is one of the hottest newcomers in the industry and has landed with a huge splash for her buzzy and brave performance in one of the year's most talked about movies.

"Borat Subsequent MovieFilm" took home both best motion picture, musical or comedy, and best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for Sacha Baron Cohen. It seemed a certain that Bakalova would be a third win for the movie, but she mysteriously couldn't capitalise on the film's popularity with Globes voters.

Surprise: Diane Warren won best original song for "The Life Ahead"

Sophia Loren The Life Ahead
"The Life Ahead" was directed by Edoardo Ponti. Netflix

Diane Warren is famous for always being the Oscars bridesmaid — she's had 11 nominaitons but no wins. She has won a Golden Globe before — for "Burlesque" in 2011 — but she wasn't expected to win a second here.

All four of the other nominees were in stronger positions to win, particularly the songs "Tigress & Tweed" from "The United States vs. Billie Holliday," "Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7," and "Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami."

This nomination was the movie's sole nomination, but it managed to turn that into a win despite fierce competition.

Snub: Leslie Odom Jr. lost both best original song and best supporting actor in a motion picture for "One Night in Miami"

One Night in Miami
"One Night in Miami" was directed by Regina King. Amazon Studios

"Speak Now" was sung by Leslie Odom Jr, who looked in a good position to win both this award and best supporting actor for "One Night in Miami."

However, Odom Jr. couldn't take advantage of the early awards season potential he had, and he is fast losing his frontrunner status in both of his categories.

Snub: "Mank" went home empty-handed, despite earning the most nominations

Mank Gary Oldman
"Mank" was directed by David Fincher. Netflix

"Mank" earned six nominations at the Golden Globes, the highest tally of any movie this year. It had very good chances to win in several of the categories, too, most notably best motion picture, drama, and best supporting actress in a motion picture for Amanda Seyfried.

It actually wouldn't have been a surprise had "Mank" gone on to sweep the awards take home four or five awards.

Instead, the most-liked movie of the Globes didn't receive any love at all. "Nomadland" beat it to best motion picture, drama, while Jodie Foster's surprise win prevented a Seyfried victory.

It also lost best screenplay (to "The Trial of the Chicago 7"), best director (David Fincher lost to Chloé Zhao for "Nomadland"), and best actor in a motion picture, drama, (Gary Oldman lost to Chadwick Boseman for "Ma Rainey"). Theoretically, it could have won all of them — bar best actor, which never looked likely.

Meanwhile, the movie's composers, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, did win best original score — but for "Soul" instead of "Mank."

Snub: "Promising Young Woman" also won nothing

Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman
"Promising Young Woman" was directed by Emerald Fennell. Focus Features

"Promising Young Woman" boosted its awards season hopes with a strong display at the Globes nominations, earning four in total including surprise nods for best motion picture, drama, and best director for Emerald Fennell.

This love shown by Globes voters made it seem like the movie could have been in for a stellar night, with Carey Mulligan looking a real possibility for best actress in a motion picture, drama. However, none of that potential or promise materialized into cold, hard, gold, and the movie left home with zilch to its name.

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