I'm not going to call it a "snub" because looking at the list of nominees, it was going to be a difficult year for Meryl to get in. When I learned of the results this morning, I was honestly a little surprised that she didn't get nominated...it's usually a slam dunk, particularly at the Globes in this category. Her role in Ricki and the Flash seemed tailor-made for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Musical/Comedy Category. Streep actually had pretty decent reviews for her work, but with the high expectations from both director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody, the tepid quality of the picture sealed Meryl's fate.
Here are the nominees for Actress in a Musical/Comedy:
1. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)--probably not a comedy, but we've covered this already.
2. Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
3. Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
4. Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)
5. Lily Tomlin (Grandma)
I'm sure Meryl is thrilled for her friend Lily Tomlin. I'm personally happy for both Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer, as both of those ladies crack me up. As a fan of Downton Abbey, I'm looking forward to seeing Dame Maggie in her film.
On the bright side, Meryl sitting a year out will improve her chances for recognition next year in Florence Foster Jenkins, especially since it already seems like that film, although mostly dramatic, will have some comedic elements and will likely end up in the Musical/Comedy category. Hoping she challenges for the win.
The full list of nominees can be seen here.