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Netfli NFLX -1.4%x entered Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards with a leading 22 nominations, six of them for the drama series The Crown.
And the night turned into quite the coronation. While Crown didn’t win every award it was up for, it did capture four trophies, becoming the night’s biggest story on the television side.
Netflix also led the evening with the most wins overall, taking home six total. The Queen’s Gambit added two trophies. No other TV program managed to capture more than one victory.
Even last fall’s Emmy darling, Schitt’s Creek, which scored the second-most nominations, didn’t receive nearly as much acclaim as Crown, which earned the best drama award by besting two other Netflix series, Ozark and Ratched.
Crown flexed strength in the acting categories, winning all three where it received nominations. Actress Emma Corrin earned Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for her portrayal of Princess Diana.
Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles, earned Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama. Gillian Anderson was recognized for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role for portraying Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Netflix’s big night highlighted a successful evening for streaming channels, also quite the contrast to last fall’s Emmys, where prestige TV (led by Creek) owned the evening.
Creek tied Gambit with two Globes. It was the only non-streaming role to pick up an award, underscoring the often stark differences between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Globes, and the Television Academy, which holds the Emmys.
HFPA tends to be more generous to newer shows and has also been more welcoming of the streaming networks than the Emmys, where those within the industry vote for the awards. While TV viewing trends may favor streaming, Emmy voters sure love HBO.
The makeup of the two voting bodies is very different in other ways, too. For one thing, as nominees and hosts noted throughout the night, the HFPA has no Black members
The willingness to recognize streamers allowed two other networks to pick up awards, too. Apple TV got a win for Ted Lasso, the comedy whose cheery outlook earned many fans during the pandemic.
And Amazon’s AMZN +1.2% Small Axe earned a surprise win for John Boyega for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role, besting Dan Levy, who won an Emmy last fall.
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