The Hollywood Foreign Press Association took their love affair with new series to a new level tonight, awarding five of the six series categories to first-year shows: Amazon comedy Transparent and Showtime drama The Affair (two wins each) and the CW dramedy Jane The Virgin. This is the first time in at least a decade that both the best comedy and best drama series categories have gone to newcomers, The Affair and Transparent, respectively.
It was a big night for Amazon and the CW, both landing their first major awards. Amazon tied Showtime and FX for the most wins, two, as the wealth was spread and no network dominated. Both best series wins were supported by an acting one, for Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor and The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson, respectively, also a very rare feat. For Jane, it was a big day all around, as the CW series kicked it off by getting a second-season renewal. FX’s Fargo, the Emmy winner for outstanding miniseries, won the equivalent honor tonight and added another win for Best Actor Miniseries or Movie (Billy Bob Thornton).
While receiving some of the strongest reviews for a new broadcast series this season, Jane has been sluggish in the ratings. We’ll see if the Golden Globes will have the same golden touch on the show after star Gina Rodriguez’s win as it did on then-little-known freshman broadcast dramedy, Fox’s Ally McBeal, whose ratings skyrocketed following Globe wins for best comedy series and best actress, Calista Flockhart.
Streaming services flexed their awards muscle, with Amazon and Netflix (for House Of Cards’ Kevin Spacey) combining to win half of the six series categories. The other two went to premium cable, Showtime (2), with the CW carrying the torch for broadcast with a single trophy. The Big 4 were left empty handed.
The HFPA already dropped a bombshell with the nominations, shutting out completely awards stalwart Modern Family and leaving Homeland off the best drama series list. There were some snubs tonight too. The only mention Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black got was in Margaret Cho’s skit as a North Korean general, insisting that “Orange should be in the drama category.” Also completely shut out was HBO’s acclaimed drama True Detective despite four nominations.
It’s hard to believe that, after three Emmy wins, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is yet to land a Golden Globe for her role on HBO’s Veep. Her category went to newcomer Rodriguez instead. Wilson’s win came over another hot freshman, Viola Davis of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Probably the most shocking upset of the night came early on, when Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt landed her first major win by defeating not one, not two but three reigning Emmy winners in Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba and Kathy Bates.
The Sundance/BBC partnership yielded a second consecutive win in the actress in the TV movie/miniseries category for The Horourable Woman‘s Maggie Gyllenhaal. (Top Of The Lake‘s Elisabeth Moss won last year.)
It was a good night for Sundance parent AMC Networks, which also won three Globes on the feature side for Boyhood.
Meanwhile, HBO had a lighter load of Globe hardware than usual, with one win for The Normal Heart‘s Matt Bomer.