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Streamers dominate Golden Globes

Netflix’s The Crown was named Best Drama Series

The streaming giants, and Netflix in particular, were the big winners at last night’s Golden Globes, picking up the majority of awards during the virtual event.

Netflix’s period drama about the UK’s royal family, The Crown, was the big winner in the television categories, taking four prizes in total, including Best Drama Series.

Josh O’Connor, Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson all won acting gongs for their performances as Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher respectively.

The Queen’s Gambit was named Best Limited Series, anthology series or motion picture made for television and Anya Taylor-Joy won best actress in the same category for her role in one of the surprise hits of 2020.

With cinemas closed for most of the year due to the pandemic and many new releases fast-tracked to viewers stuck at home, the movie categories allowed multiple streaming services chances to bag awards.

Nomadland, which was made available on Disney-owned Hulu in the US on February 19, won best Motion Picture (Drama) and the top director award for Chloé Zhao.

The late Chadwick Boseman, meanwhile, was recognised posthumously for his performance in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, winning best actor in a Motion Picture (Drama).

Amazon Prime Video’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Sacha Baron Cohen won best actor in the same category for his performance as the fictional journalist from Kazakhstan.

The streaming arm of the online retail giant will also release legal drama The Mauritanian – for which Jodie Foster was named Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) – on April 1 after its planned theatrical release was cancelled.

Rosamund Pike won Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for her performance in I Care a Lot. The film is being distributed by Netflix in the US, France, Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East and India, and by Amazon Prime Video in Australasia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

Soul, the Pixar film released on December 25 in select territories by Disney+, won Best Animated Motion Picture and Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

Elsewhere, Netflix’s dominance extended to the Best Motion Picture Screenplay category, with Aaron Sorkin recognised for his work on the streaming giant’s movie The Trial of the Chicago 7.

In rare wins for traditional networks or cablenets, CBC and Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek won Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy), while the show’s Catherine O’Hara won best actress in the same category.

Sky’s original biographical film The United States vs Billie Holiday secured a gong, with Andra Day winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as the jazz icon.

Mark Ruffalo was named Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance in HBO’s I Know This Much Is True.

But streamers had the last laugh, with Jason Sudeikis picking up the award for Best Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) for his lead role in Apple TV+’s soccer sitcom Ted Lasso.

As well as the streamers, it was another stellar year at the Globes for UK talent, after Brits also claimed several gongs at last year’s event.

Joining O’Connor, Corrin, Taylor-Joy and Baron Cohen were John Boyega and Daniel Kaluuya for their supporting roles in BBC/Amazon Prime Video copro Small Axe and Judas & the Black Messiah, respectively. The latter will be made available on HBO Max later this year.


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