The 72nd Golden Globes were a huge success for over-the-top original television programming. Not only were online streaming shows top nominees, several actually won awards for the first time during the ceremony, which occurred Sunday, January 11th.
Amazon Instant Video had the breakthrough moment with its series “Transparent,” which was recognized with the "Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical" award. Jeffrey Tambor, who helms the show as the protagonist, won for "Best Actor in a TV Comedy." This was the first year that programming from Amazon Studios was even nominated, and the company won both of its awards.
In “Transparent,” Tambor portrays a father who informs his family that he identifies as a woman.
“Amazon and Joe (Lewis, Amazon Head of Original Programming) were behind me … they have guts and they have taste,” Tambor said.
Amazon Studios Vice President Roy Price stated that "This recognition will reinforce our focus on visionary artists who have a passion to create something new, meaningful and fabulous."
He wasn’t kidding – as just two days later Amazon has announced a new upcoming series to be created by famed director Woody Allen.
Additionally, Netflix received a total of six nominations, three each for “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Kevin Spacey, the manipulative politician from “House of Cards,” won the Golden Globe for “Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama,” after previously being nominated for Globes eight times over the course of his career.
“I want to thank Netflix for their incredible support of this series," Spacey said. “I have an extraordinary time coming to work every day with brilliant writing from Beau Willimon and his incredible writing staff.”
The series was also nominated for Best Drama, and actress Robin Wright received a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama.
Netflix’s other series, “Orange is the New Black,” received a nomination for Best Musical or Comedy, and Taylor Schilling was nominated for Best Actress in that same category. Actress Uzo Aduba was recognized with a nomination for “Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.”
Before the show, Roy Price and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos displayed a united front, showing that the two OTT programming producers can support this new content space together. It seems like eight OTT Golden Globe recognitions is just the beginning.
Author: Brian Cameron