Lucas Hedges is already an Oscar nominee, but he wasn’t a Golden Globe nominee until Thursday, when he made the Best Film Drama Actor lineup for “Boy Erased.” Having been in ninth place in our predictions, Hedges defied the odds and is now the latest recipient of a Golden Globes IOU.
The Globes loves all things first — the first major awards body to announce nominations, the first group to nominate and reward someone, first-year shows — and it hates being behind or “wrong,” as it were. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does its own quirky thing for the most part, there are often times the group feels the need to play catch-up and recognize people it had previously overlooked but who had gone on to greater glory (read: an Oscar nomination) with their next Oscar-contending project.
The HFPA snubbed Hedges two years ago for his breakthrough turn in “Manchester by the Sea,” for which he later received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Hedges does great work in “Boy Erased,” as a young man sent to gay conversion therapy in the adaptation of Garrad Conley‘s memoir of the same name, but this is also the Globes’ way of saying, “Sorry about last time.”
Recent Globe make-up nominees in film include Jeremy Renner and John Hawkes. Renner was snubbed by the Globes for “The Hurt Locker” (2009), but went on to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The following year, the Globes nominated him in supporting for “The Town,” which propelled him to another Oscar bid. Hawkes was Globes-snubbed and Oscar-nominated in Best Supporting Actor for “Winter’s Bone” (2010). Two years later, the Globes nominated Hawkes for his lead role in “The Sessions,” but he wound up outside of the Oscar top five.
Someone else with a Globes IOU this year is Mahershala Ali, but his would be in the form of a win. The Globe was one of the few prizes he didn’t receive during his Oscar-winning run for “Moonlight” (2016). Now Globe voters can make it up to him a statuette for with “Green Book.” Similarly, the Globes bypassed Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot,” for which he later won an Emmy, but voters could now anoint him Best Film Drama Actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” especially with Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) nominated in two other categories.
Globe IOUs are common on the TV side as well. Most notably, the Globes finally gave Best Drama Series and Best TV Drama Actor to “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston, respectively, in the show’s last year after “Breaking Bad” had become too big to ignore. Like “Breaking Bad,” “The Americans” has never been popular with the HFPA, receiving just two nominations before this year for Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. But the critical darling bagged its first Best Drama Series nomination Thursday, along with acting bids for Rhys and Russell, on the heels of its triumphant farewell run at the Emmys, where it won Best Drama Actor for Rhys and Best Drama Writing.