Golden Globes Nominees: We Like to Netflix and Chill Too
The 73rd Golden Globe Award nominations have been announced this year and there's a distinct source where a majority of the nominees are from. It looks like Americans are starting to get their entertainment from on-demand viewing channels instead of traditional broadcast or pay-TV.
The network with the largest amount of nominees was Netflix with eight nominations for shows and actors, with even one nomination for its first original film, "Beasts of No Nation." Netflix also got ahead of HBO, who had seven nominations, typically the stronger network in years past. Amazon's "Transparent" and "Mozart in the Jungle" earned five nominations.
For the important best TV comedy series award, none of the major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX, had a contender. As LA Times pointed out, this is especially embarrassing for NBC since it will broadcast the awards ceremony but does not have any shows nominated itself.
Netflix's nominations included two dramas, "Narcos" and "House of Cards," and three comedies, "Master of None", "Grace and Frankie", and "Orange is the New Black, and the thriller "Bloodline." HBO's seven nominations included the comedy "Veep" and medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones." Chris Brancato, co-creator and executive producer of "Narcos" told Reuters his thoughts on the nominations saying, "The nominations are] a signal that borderless, truly international television is here to stay."
The new on-demand contenders also were dominating the acting categories with actors like Aziz Ansari on Netflix's "Master of None", Gael Garcia Bernal on Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle", and Jeffery Tambor on Amazon's "Transparent." Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Office told Variety, "We are very proud of the nine nominations, and of the creative talent doing such amazing work for Netflix members around the world."
A notable show missing was "Mad Men" who had their series finale earlier this year in May. They had their only nomination with Jon Hamm in the Best Actor category. PBS's "Downtown Abbey" and CBS's "The Good Wife" were also not recognized this year, with each single nomination in the acting categories. Even winner of last year's Golden Globe for best actor, Kevin Spacey, was not nominated this year for his performance in "House of Cards"
The digital platforms have only been producing original content for three years, but what they have been creating have been strong stories from the very start. What's more is that viewers get to watch the entire season immediately instead of watching the story unfold over several months with one broadcast per week. This allows viewers to watch the entire season as fast or as slow as they'd like.