Netflix Content Dominates 2021 Golden Globes in Banner Year for Streamers

Netflix TV shows and movies won 10 trophies at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony held Feb. 28 and broadcast on NBC. In a sign of the times, content that debuted on streaming services won 20 of the 25 categories presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The big gun for Netflix came on the TV side, with the fourth season of “The Crown” winning in all four categories it was nominated (it had two nominees in two of the acting categories), including Best Drama Series. Emma Corrin won Best Actress in a Drama series for her role as Princess Diana, beating out co-star Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth. Josh O’Connor won for Best Actor in a Drama series for playing Prince Charles, while Gillian Anderson won Best Supporting Actress for playing Margaret Thatcher.

Netflix won two more statuettes for The Queens’ Gambit, which won Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy.

Among other TV categories, The Apple TV+ original series “Ted Lasso” won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, while Amazon Prime’s “Small Axe” won Best Supporting Actor for John Boyega, and HBO’s I Know This Much Is True won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for Mark Ruffalo.

“Schitt$ Creek,” the complete series of which is streaming on several services including Netflix, and available on DVD from Lionsgate, won Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actress for Catherine O’Hara.

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On the movie side, because of theatrical shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the HFPA opened eligibility to movies otherwise intended for theaters that had to be rescheduled and ultimately ended up at a streaming platform. Also, the eligibility period covering 2020 films was extended to include early 2021 releases.

Subsequently, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in October and never played in theaters, won for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, while star Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Actor for reprising his role as the title character in the politically charged sequel.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Nomadland, which was released concurrently in theaters and on Hulu Feb. 19 (though it did screen at some film festivals and limited engagements last year). Chloé Zhao won Best Director for the film.

Another Hulu movie, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, won Best Actress in a drama for Andra Day in the title role.

Judas and the Black Messiah, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on Feb. 1, and was released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures Feb. 12 simultaneously in theaters and for streaming on HBO Max, won Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya.

Netflix’s movie haul included the late Chadwick Boseman winning Best Actor in a drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7; Rosamund Pike winning Best Actress in a musical or comedy for I Care a Lot; and “Lo Si (Seen)” winning Best Song for Italian film The Life Ahead.

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Pixar’s Soul, which saw its theatrical release scrapped in lieu of a Christmas Day debut on Disney+ domestically (it played in theaters internationally), won two trophies, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.

STX Films’ The Mauritanian, which will debut on Amazon Prime April 1, won Best Supporting Actress for Jodi Foster.

Finally, A24’s Minari, an American production in Korean, won Best Foreign-Language Film.


Streaming Services, Led by Netflix, Have a Field Day at Golden Globe Movie Nominations

Netflix came out swinging when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Feb. 3 announced nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be telecast live for the first time on both coasts Feb. 28 — and hosted in Los Angeles and New York separately by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, respectively.

The streaming pioneer grabbed 42 nominations, including 22 in movies and 20 in TV shows.

And, as expected due to distribution disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, movies released via streaming services and premium VOD dominated the top movie categories — of the 20 slots for various Best Picture categories, 13 either debuted on streaming services or became available on one within the traditional theatrical window. Two more were available through PVOD, with another heading to PVOD within the next few weeks.

In addition to pushing back its nominations and ceremony timeline, the Golden Globes, like the Oscars, extended the release deadline for films to qualify, and considered movies that debuted via SVOD and PVOD when the pandemic limited their theatrical potential.

For Best Motion Picture, Drama, Netflix grabbed six nominations for David Fincher’s Mank and five for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Both filmmakers were nominated for Best Director as well. Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland, which became available concurrently in theaters and via Hulu, earned four noms, including Best Actress for Frances McDormand. The other nominees are Sony Pictures’ The Father, which is slated for theatrical release March 12, and Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman, which is available through VOD.

The Best Musical/Comedy nominees include Amazon Prime’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which also got nominations for Best Actor for Sacha Baron Cohen and Best Actress for Maria Bakalova; The filmed version of a stage production of Hamilton, which debuted on Disney+ and also got a Best Actor nom for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; Hulu’s Palm Springs, which also saw Andy Samberg nominated for Best Actor; Vertical Entertainment’s Music, which arrives on VOD Feb. 12; and Netflix’s The Prom.

Best Animated Motion Picture nominees include two from Pixar — Onward, which moved to Disney+ when its brief theatrical run was interrupted by the onset of pandemic lockdowns last March, and Soul, which debuted on Disney+ on Christmas. Current PVOD release The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation, also earned a nomination, as did Netflix’s Over the Moon, and GKIDS’ Wolfwalkers, which can be seen on Apple TV+.

And in the race for Best Foreign-Language Picture, Netflix has Italy’s The Life Ahead, while France and Guatemala’s La Llorona is available on RLJE’s Shudder horror SVOD platform. The other nominees are Denmark’s Another Round, the USA’s Korean-language Minari, and French-American co-production. Two of Us.

Jared Leto earned a surprise Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Little Things, the Warner Bros. Pictures’ detective drama that opened in theaters and on HBO Max Jan. 29.

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“The Crown”

On the TV side of things, Netflix’s “The Crown” led with six nominations to pace the Best Television Drama race against  HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” the Disney+ “Star Wars” actioner “The Mandalorian,” and two other Netflix shows, “Ozark” and “Ratched.”

Among the Best Musical/Comedy Series nominees, Canadian import and recent Emmy darling “Schitt$ Creek” led with five. It will be up against HBO Max’s original series “The Flight Attendant,” which also earned a Best Actress nomination for star Kelly Cuoco; Netflix’s “Emily in Paris”; Hulu’s “The Great”; and the Apple TV+ original “Ted Lasso,” which also nabbed a Best Actor nomination for Jason Sudeikis.

For Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television, HBO’s The Undoing led with four nominations, while Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit picked up two, including Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy. They will be up against Amazon Prime’s Small Axe, the BBC’s Normal People, and Netflix’s Unorthodox.

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78th Golden Globe Nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Father (Sony Pictures)
Mank (Netflix)
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios)
Hamilton (Walt Disney Pictures)
Music (Vertical Entertainment)
Palm Springs (Hulu)
The Prom (Netflix)

Best Director, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher,  Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami …
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami …

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Motion Picture, Animated
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon

Best Picture, Foreign Language
Another Round
La Llorona
The Life Ahead
Two Of Us

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Fight For You” — Judas And The Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice” — The Trial of the Chicago 7
“See” — The Life Ahead
“Speak Now” — One Night In Miami
“Tigress & Tweed” — The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
The Midnight Sky
News of the World

Best Television Series, Drama
“The Crown”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Mandalorian”

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“Emily in Paris”
“The Flight Attendant”
“The Great”
“Schitt’s Creek”
“Ted Lasso”

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Normal People
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe
The Undoing

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Emma Corrin, “The Crown”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Sarah Paulson, “Ratched”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”
Al Pacino, “Hunters”

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins, “Emily in Paris”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”
Elle Fanning, “The Great”
Jane Levy, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt$ Creek”

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Series
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt$ Creek”
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”

Best Supporting Actress, Television
Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Annie Murphy, “Schitt$ Creek”
Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched”

Best Supporting Actor, Television
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Daniel Levy, “Schitt$ Screek”
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Southerland, The Undoing

Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True