OTT Outshines Networks at the Golden Globes

73rd Golden Globes
Last year, streaming services landed eight Golden Globe nominations, a new record. At the 73rd Golden Globes, this record was shattered, and more.

In total, OTT services received 14 nominations: nine for Netflix (eight shows, one movie); five for Amazon Instant Video; and one for Hulu.

Streaming companies acquired more nominations than TV and cable networks – Netflix defeated HBO’s 14-year streak in this regard.

However, Amazon was the big winner of the evening, repeating its success of 2015.

Once again, the service took home the "Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical" award, this time for “Mozart in the Jungle.” The show’s lead actor, Gael García Bernal, won the statuette for “Best Actor in a TV Comedy.”

“I want to say how proud we are of everyone behind ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ and ‘Transparent’ – five Globe noms and two wins last night. It’s gratifying” Amazon CEO Roy Price told the Television Critics Association. “This is a great time to be a lover of television, and lover of stories and therefore a lover of life.”

“Hopefully now with this, people will see it and they’ll watch more of the show, and ultimately through the show, get into some different kinds of music and stuff,” said “Mozart in the Jungle” executive producer Jason Schwartzman.

Hulu’s nomination, in the “Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical” category for “Casual,” was a first for the service.

“I don’t want to overstate what nominations mean, but it puts us on the map in terms of our original productions,” Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said when the nominees were announced.

“Streaming services seem to be the ones who are taking the chances to make these kinds of shows,” executive producer Zander Lehmann told Variety. “Basic cable and premium channels haven’t quite realized it yet.”

While Netflix failed to receive any awards this time around, optimism is still high – last week CEO Reed Hastings revealed a massive expansion into 130 countries.

"With the internet, we can finally give people what they've always wanted: a simple shift from corporate to consumer control,” Hastings explained at a CES keynote. “We're at the start of a global revolution.”

Indeed. With streaming services edging out networks, do you think it could only be a matter of time until they're the only competitors? Let us know in the comments!

Author: Brian Cameron


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