Well, that was not a fluke. A day after Netflix staged a breakthrough at the SAG Awards nominations, overtaking HBO for the first time for most nominations at a major awards contest, the streaming service did it again this morning at the Golden Globes, topping the network list with 8 nominations, followed by HBO (7), Starz (6) and Amazon and FX (5). The ascent, which comes less than three years after Netflix became an original programming player with the launch of House Of Cards, ended HBO’s 14-year streak as the most nominated network at the Globes. And Netflix’s chart-topping performance came with its flagship, House Of Cards, which had netted at least three noms and one win the last two years, being largely snubbed, landing only a nom for 2014 winner Robin Wright, and plucky newcomer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt being completely shut out, underscoring the streaming service’s deep bench of originals.
It is a big moment for the streaming services, with all majors, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, landing best series nominations. The best comedy series category was actually dominated by the digital players with four of the six nominations, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Amazon’s reigning Globes champ Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle and Hulu’s Casual. HBO rounded out the field with Emmy winner Veep and Silicon Valley.
Golden Globe network NBC won’t be able to run Golden Globe-themed promos for its shows as it was left out in the cold without a single nomination.
The fall 2015 broadcast class was represented by acting noms for Rob Lowe of Fox’s The Grinder, Jamie Lee Curtis for Fox’s Scream Queens and Rachel Bloom for The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. continues to shine a spotlight on The CW, which is yet to be recognized by the Emmys in a significant way. After giving the network its first two nominations last year for Jane The Virgin (best comedy series and best actress, Gina Rodriguez, who won in January), the HFPA did it again this year with noms for Rodriguez and Bloom, providing a needed shot in the arm for The CW’s modestly rated Monday comedy block.
While the Golden Globes have been more willing to stick with comedy favorites (Girls and its creator/star Lena Dunham had been nominated every year until being left out this time), they have been more fickle on the drama side, quickly moving from one favorite to the next. The HFPA’s darling last year was The Affair, which was tied for most series nominations and won best drama and best actress, Ruth Wilson. The relationship/mystery drama is now out of the top categories, with only one nom in the hodgepodge supporting field for Maura Tierney. While all 2015 comedy series winners — Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor and Rodriguiez — are back, all drama winners are gone — The Affair, Wilson and Kevin Spacey.
Among the new favorites are Starz’s time-traveling romance Outlander and USA’s brooding hacker drama Mr. Robot, both with 3 noms, including best drama series. This marks the first time USA has landed a nomination in the marquee series fields. (Starz did it once before with Boss.) No shutout for Fox’s Empire like yesterday at the SAG Awards, as the hit drama netted 2 noms, including best drama. The stars of all 3 series were recognized, Taraji Henson (Empire), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and Caitriona Balfe (Outlander). Additionally, Mr. Robot netted a first Golden Globe nomination for veteran Christian Slater in the supporting actor category.
The HFPA loves mixing newcomers, taking credit for helping make them into household names, and big stars on its rosters of nominees. In the series acting field, lesser known Bloom, Malek, Balfe and Wagner Moura (Narcos) are joined by stars Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Curtis, Lowe, Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie), Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk) and Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart In The Jungle).
The tradition is probably best illustrated by the actress in a TV movie/miniseries category where newcomer Sarah Hay (Starz’s Flesh And Bone) is running side by side with Lady Gaga (AHS: Hotel), Kristen Dunst (Fargo), Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Felicity Huffman (American Crime). Strong showings for Outlander and Flesh And Bone helped Starz match its biggest Golden Globe tally ever (6), only one behind HBO.
No sentimental best series nomination for AMC’s departing Mad Men but star Jon Hamm, who won for the first season, is back in contention after two years off the nominations list.
As usual, the Golden Globes shook up the best series fields. There is only one nominee returning on the drama side, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, which is still seeking its first Golden Globe drama series win after sweeping the Emmys in September with 12 trophies. In comedy, three shows are back, 2015 winner Transparent as well as Orange Is The New Black and Silicon Valley. One of the “newcomers” in the category is HBO’s reigning Emmy winner Veep. In one of those head-scratching Globe anomalies this is Veep‘s first ever Golden Globe nomination. The comedy series is yet to win a Globe, including for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is looking to add to her 4 Emmys for the role as well as her Globe for Seinfeld.
While the Globes surprised by bestowing two awards on Fox freshman Brooklyn Nine-Nine two years ago, they snubbed fellow Fox rookie Last Man On Earth. Overall, the HFPA spread the wealth with no program dominating the field and six tying for most nominations, American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent and Wolf Hall.