I’m late to the game, I know. But so was Danny Murphy over at Marie Claire, and this news doesn’t get easier with time: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (and, more importantly, its cast) won’t be getting any Golden Globes this year.
Can you hear that? It’s the sounds of babies crying and dogs whining.
There are tons of categories that could have included the sequel that everyone was talking about over the summer. Though a lot of critics didn’t expect it to hit (compared to its 2008 predecessor, everyone was skeptical of the sequel, thinking it was too little, too late), Lily James’s performance was an emotional success, and it was a delight to see the returning cast members (namely Colin Firth and Christine Baranski, let’s be real) singing those beloved ABBA tunes again.
So, there’s Best Score. Nothing. Best Musical or Comedy? Zilch. Best Performance by an Actress, Supporting Actress, anyone?! Nada.
Do we chalk it up to just too much talent in one year? The Best Musical or Comedy category is pretty stacked, what with “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Mary Poppins Returns” in there, but can we really justify that there was no room for “Mamma Mia 2”?
After the movie premiered, there was almost no question that it would get recognized somehow -- after all, let’s not forget that the original “Mamma Mia!” got two Globes noms, one for Best Musical and one for Meryl Streep for Best Actress.
Is that where the problem lies? Does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association not take the sequel as seriously because Streep is only really in one scene? Did they forget that everyone was floored by the fact that the film didn’t need her to succeed?! I mean, that’s a feat in itself -- a movie with a very obvious Meryl Streep-sized hole in it was actually phenomenal.
Of course, there were other snubs: Ryan Reynolds got nothing for “Deadpool 2,” Ryan Gosling apparently missed the mark with “First Man” and “This Is Us” may as well not even exist. Not to mention the Globes ignored a number of Oscar hopefuls: “On the Basis of Sex,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “The Hate U Give” being up there.
Whatever, I know how to right this wrong: watch “Mamma Mia 2” instead of the Globes tonight. Who’s with me?