Golden Globes 2023: 7 Snubs, Surprises & Upsets

Jeremy Allen White, Emma D'Arcy, Milly Aclock, Miguel Sapochnik, and M.M. Keeravani at the Golden Globe Awards
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The Golden Globe Awards returned to television for the first time in two years after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) diversity came into question. And it bounced back with a ceremony celebrating the best of television and film from 2022.

An evening filled with moving speeches and hilarious hosting from Jerrod Carmichael, the Globes had plenty of surprises, snubs, and upsets across its winning categories. Below, we’re rounding up a few of them. Let us know what surprised you the most in the comments section.

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The cast of 'Severance'
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Severance Shut-Out

Severance was the it-show of 2022, taking audiences by storm, and without a contender like Succession in the mix, it felt like the show might actually have a shot at some recognition, but the Apple TV+ drama was effectively shut out in all its categories. The only bright side is that a young show like Severance still has a shot at possible awards love later, even if it wasn’t at the Globes.

Jeremy Allen White for 'The Bear' at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards
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Jeremy Allen White Reps for The Bear

While The Bear was a clear hit with audiences it wasn’t a sure bet that the series, which falls somewhere between drama and comedy, would earn the awards respect that it deserves. The Globes pleasantly surprised us when lead actor Jeremy Allen White earned the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. His shocked reaction served to make the moment that much sweeter.

Angela Bassett at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards
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Angela Bassett Takes it Home for Marvel

We’d never bet against Angela Bassett, but her win was a fun surprise nonetheless particularly because it was tied to a Marvel movie. While Black Panther got some Oscars love in 2019, it was still surprising to see Bassett nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for her role as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her acknowledgment of the history-making moment made her speech a memorable one.

M. M. Keeravani at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards
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RRR's Music Success

The Indian-language action drama RRR has drummed up some decent buzz following its release, but it wasn’t certain that the HFPA would vote for its winning song “Naatu Naatu,” which was against original tunes from heavy hitters like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift. Ultimately it was M.M. Keeravani, Kaala Bhairava, and Rahul Sipligunj who took home the prize for Best Song in a sweet victory.

Kevin Costner in 'Yellowstone' and Bob Odenkirk in 'Better Call Saul'
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Kevin Costner's Victory/Bob Odenkirk's Loss

Sure, Yellowstone‘s a hit, but was Kevin Costner the top pick to win Best Television Actor – Drama for his role as John Dutton? It feels like a slight diss to Bob Odenkirk‘s stellar final performance as everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in the sixth season of Better Call Saul. Even up against The Old Man‘s Jeff Bridges, Severance‘s Adam Scott, and Andor‘s Diego Luna, Costner wasn’t the winner we were anticipating.

Zendaya in 'Euphoria' Season 2
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Zendaya's First Win

She may not have been there to accept the award, but Zendaya‘s first Golden Globe win for Best Television Actress – Drama didn’t go unnoticed, especially with the Euphoria star’s competition in the category. After having awarded the prize to The Crown‘s Emma Corrin and Olivia Colman in the last two years, it almost seemed certain that leading lady Imelda Staunton would be the favored choice for this year’s prize. Zendaya’s win was a well-deserved pleasant surprise in the end.

Emma D'Arcy, Milly Alcock, and Miguel Sapochnik at the 2023 Golden Globes
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House of the Dragon's Victory

In a year of tough competition, we didn’t anticipate seeing Game of Thrones‘ prequel spinoff House of the Dragon take home the top prize of Best Television Series – Drama. Up against the likes of Better Call Saul, The Crown, Ozark, and Severance, it felt like House of the Dragon was a random choice when stars Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock joined Season 1 showrunner Miguel Sapochnik onstage to accept the honor. With so few cast members in attendance, it seemed as though they were equally surprised by the win.