2020 Golden Globes Nominations: 5 Exciting Surprises and 5 Outrageous Snubs

Where is the love for "Little Women" and Adam Sandler?

Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women

Awards season is about to kick into high gear after the release of the 2020 Golden Globes nominations.

The Golden Globes are one of the more chaotic and entertaining award shows. Between the abundance of star power in the room and the amount of alcohol they consume, the Globes are a fun watch from start to finish. With that being said, the Globes and its voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are also an important feature of awards season. If actors, actresses, and their films are hoping for an Oscar nomination, a successful stint at the Globes will strengthen their campaign.

After the 2020 film nominations were announced, Twitter users, not surprisingly, had their opinions. There were some great surprises involving Parasite and Knives Out. There were also some disappointing snubs regarding Little Women and Uncut Gems. Here are five exciting surprises and five outrageous snubs.

Surprise: Bong Joon Ho, Best Director for Parasite

Bong Joon Ho wrote and directed the masterpiece that is Parasite, but receiving a best director nomination was no guarantee. Remember that both Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig missed out on Best Director at the 75th Golden Globes (Peele and Gerwig received Oscar nominations for directing), so Bong receiving a nomination is a tremendous surprise. Parasite is not only one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year but of the decade.


5 of the Best Films You Never Want to See Again

These films aren't the best for a date night.

Toni Collette in Hereditary

Many great films have a high degree of rewatchability.

We all have those films that we can experience over and over without growing tired of them. A two-and-a-half hour violent crime drama such as The Departed can be just as critically acclaimed and rewatchable as an uplifting story about survival and hope like Slumdog Millionaire.

That being said, there are many great films that you're glad you saw, but you never want to see again. These films lack a rewatchability factor due to their difficult subject matter, gruesome images, or long run-times. Twitter user Rose Matafeo posed this question on her timeline: "What is the best film that you never want to see again? or at least for a very long time?"

Here are our picks.

Schindler's List

Schindler's List (1993) Official Trailer - Liam Neeson, Steven Spielberg Movie

Schindler's List is a film with a devastating premise, and is absolutely a piece of art that everyone should see at least once. Schindler's List tells the story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saves over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. It's a graphic and disturbing look at the Holocaust and it's not for the faint of heart. The film includes brutal executions and severe mistreatment of innocent bystanders. That being said, Schindler's List is a masterpiece and is absolutely worth your time.


Room | Official Trailer HD |

Make sure a box of tissues are nearby when watching Room. The 2015 drama stars Brie Larson as "Ma," a woman who has been held captive in a tiny shed for seven years. She lives with and raises her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who has never been outside the shed he calls "room." The first half of Room is so emotionally traumatizing and exhausting that it's hard to watch. Though the ending is uplifting, the emotional roller coaster you have to ride to get there won't leave you eager to see it again.


Hereditary | Official Trailer HD |

Hereditary is the type of movie that messes with your mind. It has so many WTF moments that its guaranteed to leave you speechless. The basic synopsis revolves around Annie Graham (Toni Collette) and her family as a mysterious presence begins to haunt them after a death in the family. Hereditary is a brilliant horror film that can mess with your overall well-being if consumed multiple times.

Requiem for a Dream

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If Requiem for a Dream is your favorite movie, then god bless your stomach tolerance for gruesome images. Requiem for a Dream exhibits how drug addiction negatively effects the lives of four characters. Their respective heroin addictions make them delusional and desperate until the point where they completely unravel. The strong imagery is memorable and powerful, but often difficult to endure. It's the definition of a "tough watch."

The Road

The Road (2009) Official Trailer #1 - Viggo Mortensen Movie

If The Road becomes an accurate portrayal of a post-apocalyptic world, then all hope may be lost for the future. The Road stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trying to navigate across a desolate America after an extinction event. It's well acted and fully captures how catastrophic events can not only crush one's morale, but instill fear in generations to come. But its also slow at times, depressing, and bleak, meaning its not exactly something you want to put on for a casual movie night.

Good luck finding a movie in 2019 that's sparked more public discussion than Todd Phillips' Joker.

Set in 1981, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally-ill, failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Despite the film spawning debates on mental health, mass shootings, and the value of comic book movies, Joker is a box office smash, becoming the highest earning R-rated movie ever.

One thing isn't up for debate, and that's the dancing ability of Joker. Honestly, Phoenix's dancing is downright impressive. While The Joker displays dark, sadistic, and creepy intentions, Phoenix's moves are dazzling, sophisticated, and majestic. NY Times dance critic Gia Kourlas said Phoenix is a "great dancer" and "moves with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star."

In Joker, Phoenix has two memorable dance numbers: One takes place in the bathroom and the other on a set of now iconic stairs. The bathroom scene takes place after Arthur kills three men on the subway. While in his faded clown makeup, Arthur runs into a disgusting public bathroom, embraces his inner demons, and celebrates his new love for chaos with a spell-binding dance routine.

If you've been on the Internet in the past month, you've probably already seen the second dance number, which takes place on a set of now infamous Bronx stairs. Fresh off another kill, Arthur celebrates his new love of violence by chaotically dancing down the stairs on his way to guest star on his favorite late-night talk show.

Both dances are expertly crafted, but where do they stand among cinema's most memorable dance scenes?

Dirty Dancing, Final Dance


Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and nobody out dances Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Joker's dance scenes might be memorable, but Dirty Dancing has an enrapturing dance number that culminates with the iconic lift during "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." In regards to the lift, New York City-based choreographer Sydnie Mosley said to not try it at home because of the difficulty in "finding that point of balance in the air." Good luck trying to mimic Swayze and Grey. Edge: Dirty Dancing


"Looking for Alaska's" Best Musical Moments

This article contains spoilers for Hulu's "Looking for Alaska."

After more than a decade in developmental hell, John Green's 2005 novel Looking for Alaska has finally been adapted for television, having premiered on Hulu Oct. 18.

Set in 2005, Looking for Alaska tells the story of Miles "Pudge" Halter (Charlie Plummer), a high school junior obsessed with famous last words, who transfers to Culver Creek Academy from Orlando, Florida. At his new school, Miles begins to come out of his shell thanks to his roommate, Chip "The Colonel" Martin (Denny Love), and friend Takumi Hikohito (Jay Lee). However, it's the mysterious and passionate Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth) who captures Miles' affection.

The eight-episode Hulu series is quite good. It's a sincere, heartfelt, and tragic adaptation of the award-winning novel, and it's a quality throwback to the successful teen dramas of the mid-2000s. A lot of the show's success can be credited to the creator, Josh Schwartz, and his creative and producing partner, Stephanie Savage. Schwartz and Savage are the team behind iconic teen shows like The O.C. and Gossip Girl.

But just like with the The O.C., the music featured on Looking for Alaska is arguably better than the show itself. While working on The O.C., Schwartz and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas perfectly crafted an indie pop/rock soundtrack that featured up-and-coming bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, and The Killers. Schwartz and Patsavas reunited on Looking for Alaska to curate a nostalgic and eclectic playlist featuring throwbacks from The Strokes, Bloc Party, 50 Cent, and Gorillaz.

1. The Killers, "All These Things I've Done"


The song is used in the first episode as Miles leaves Florida for an unknown future at Culver Creek Academy. More importantly, it's the song playing when Miles gets his first glimpse of his eventual crush, Alaska.

Listen to the entire Looking for Alaska soundtrack on Spotify.

Looking for Alaska (Music from the Original Series)


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