‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Leads Golden Globes as Traditional Studios Dominate Film Categories, Streamers Take a Handful of TV Trophies

Traditional studios led the way in the film categories, while streamers and Pay-TV networks divvied up the TV categories at the 77th Annual Golden Globes ceremony Jan. 5 in a ceremony held in Los Angeles and broadcast on NBC.

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as one of the bigger precursors to the Academy Awards.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won three Globes, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. The film is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally from Sony Pictures.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Universal Pictures’ World War I film 1917, which was recently released in theaters. The film also won Best Director for Sam Mendes.

South Korea’s Parasite won Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language. Universal Pictures will release the film digitally Jan. 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28.

Best Motion Picture — Animated went to Fox’s Missing Link, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

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Warner’s Joker won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for Joaquin Phoenix, and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. The film, a dark imagining of the origin of the DC Comics Batman villain, is available now digitally, and on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama went to Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from Lionsgate.

A24’s The Farewell, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Awkwafina.

Taron Egerton won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for playing Elton John in Rocketman. The film also won Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Rocketman is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

Netflix did find some love in one movie category, as Marriage Story won Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.

Netflix also won in the TV categories with the third season of “The Crown,” as Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a TV Series — Drama after taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who had previously won for the role in the category during the show’s first season.

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HBO programming won four awards, with “Succession” taking two, winning Best Television Series — Drama for its just concluded its second season, and Brian Cox for Best Actor in a TV Series. The miniseries Chernobyl won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Stellan Skarsgard taking the trophy for best performance by a supporting actor on television.

Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” repeated its Emmy success, taking Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Hulu series took a couple of trophies as well, with Ramy Youssef of “Ramy” winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Patricia Arquette of “The Act” taking the award for best supporting actress on television.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Russell Crowe for Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, on DVD from Paramount and CBS.

FX’s Fosse/Verdon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Michelle Williams, following her Emmy win for the role.

Several presenters and winners took a moment to call attention to the devastating bush fires in Australia. But aside from a smattering of more pointed comments throughout the night, honorees largely avoided the kind of blatant politicizing these kinds of awards ceremonies are often criticized for. Host Ricky Gervais began the event by calling out Hollywood hypocrisy in his opening monologue.

“Apple rolled into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said to a smattering of shocked laughter. “You say you’re woke but the companies you work for, I mean unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney, if ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent. Wouldn’t you?”

“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use this as a platform to make a political speech right, you’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Gervais continued. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, all right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your god, and f**k off, OK.”


‘Game of Thrones’ Production Team to Receive BAFTA Craft Award

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring the production team from HBO’s popular period drama, “Game of Thrones,” with the BAFTA Special Award at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards, April 22 in London.

The award, which recognizes production workers behind the critically-acclaimed period series and its contribution to pushing the boundaries within the various crafts involved in making all 67 episodes to date, will be live-streamed on YouTube and Twitter.

“Many, many people work insanely hard to create any film or television show,” series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, said in a statement. “They are creators every bit as much as actors, writers, producers or directors, and deserve to be recognised as such.”

Yet, accepting the award on behalf of the production team will be cast members John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly).

“Thrones” is also nominated in two category awards, including for Michelle Clapton for Costume Design, and Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron for Production Design.

“The craft behind what is one of the most popular dramas of our time is nothing short of incredible, from the breath-taking location shots to the intricately designed costumes and set pieces, and not forgetting the level of detail from the makeup and prosthetics team to name a few,” said Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee.

First broadcast in the United States in 2011, “Thrones” – which chronicles a power struggle in a vast and violent kingdom – was acquired by Sky Atlantic for U.K. audiences in the same year. The drama is based on the fantasy books by George R.R. Martin.

HBO earlier this month announced it would release Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on 4K UHD Blu-ray/Digital HD on June 5.


Study Indicates Awards Show Streaming to Grow 28% This Year

With the March 4 Oscar telecast looming, a new survey indicates awards show viewership via streaming services could increase 28% this year compared with last year.

The national “Streaming the Oscars” survey released Feb. 26 by digital marketing agency Adtaxi Indicated that among those watching via traditional television or cable, a majority (59%) will be using secondary channels to consume related content — from social media platforms to entertainment websites and apps.

“With this data, we are gaining a better understanding of the way America’s viewing habits are evolving. Awards shows — and especially the Oscars, which is the No. 1 most-watched — bring the nation together to experience one common event, and we are seeing a significant shift in how Americans consume and engage with this type of content,” said Adtaxi EVP Chris Loretto.

The survey of 1,000 participants also showed that a majority of respondents (53%) intended to tune into upcoming awards shows such as the Oscars; 41% of respondents plan to use additional media platforms to consume awards show-related content while they watch. Most of these individuals (77%) will engage with social media; 68% of 18- to 29-year-olds will use additional media platforms during this year’s awards shows — more than any other age group surveyed.

Women are 41% more likely to watch/listen to awards shows compared with men, and 34% more likely to use additional media platforms during awards shows than men.

“More consumers than ever before are streaming popular television events digitally, and an even larger population is engaging with additional media sources while they watch,” Loretto said. “This means with a strategic, targeted, multi-platform approach, digital advertisers have greater opportunities to capitalize on these programs to reach key audiences with relevant content. Not to mention, viewers are afforded more control and flexibility to watch when they want, how they want.”

The Oscar survey results follow Adtaxi’s recently released data on the Super Bowl and general consumer streaming trends, which suggested that 74% of respondents — particularly those between the ages of 18 and 29 (96%) — now use streaming services. That survey showed 55% of 18- to 29-year-olds stream at least half of their TV programming, and a majority (56%) of consumers reported moving toward streaming services because they want to watch on their own schedule.