(Above: Elisabeth Moss, Golden Globe winner for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)
Will The Golden Globes soon be known as “The Streamys?”
There are, of course, The Streamy Awards, which already embrace the breadth and width of the expanding streaming universe. But as last night’s Golden Globe Awards demonstrated, the upstart streamers – if it’s even accurate to call them upstarts anymore – continue to push aside the more traditional entertainment platforms when it comes to artistic recognition.
Hulu made history, claiming its first Golden Globe Awards with The Handmaid’s Tale. The series, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopic novel, won in two categories: Best TV Series, Drama; and Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for Elisabeth Moss’s portrayal of Offred. Ann Dowd was also nominated for The Handmaid’s Tale, but lost, in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie category.
While Hulu achieved a milestone, Netflix’s domination grew. Consider the following shows — and a movie — for which the streamer either won or was nominated:
Mudbound. Netflix’s original film seemed to defy categorization when it was released in theaters concurrently with its streaming debut. Nevertheless, the movie about two War II vets– one black, one white – returning home to more conflict in the Jim Crow south, was nominated in two categories. Mary J. Blige took Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Florence Jackson. “Mighty River” was also nominated, but lost, for Best Original Song.
Master of None. Aziz Anzari, who plays a 30-year-old actor trying to make it in New York City, won Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy. Master of None was also nominated but lost for Best TV Series, Comedy.
The Crown. The period drama about the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, was nominated, but did not win, in two categories: Best TV Series, Drama; and Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for Claire Foy’s portrayal of the young monarch.
Stranger Things. The 1980s-themed, supernatural hit was nominated for Best TV Series, Drama, and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie (David Harbour), losing in both categories.
Ozark. Jason Bateman was nominated for for Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama, for his role as a financial planner who runs afoul of a drug cartel.
GLOW. Alison Brie was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, for her turn as the star of a 1980s female wrestling show.
13 Reasons Why. Katherine Langford was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Langford played Hannah, a young woman who commits suicide, giving the 13 reasons why in a set of recordings.
Finally, Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the show about a housewife in 1958 Manhattan who discovers a talent for stand-up comedy, won Best TV Series, Comedy; and Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, for Rachel Brosnahan’s performance as the title character .
Kevin Bacon was also nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy, for Amazon’s I Love Dick. The show is about a man who “taunts” the imagination of a writer and his wife “and upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy.” The show launched during Amazon’s 2016 pilot season.
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