Streaming services made a strong showing when the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. Netflix dominated the TV category with a total of eight nominations, closely followed by HBO – which now competes with an over-the-top service of its own. HBO and Starz earned seven nods, while Amazon and FX received five each.
Meanwhile, traditional TV broadcasters like ABC, FOX and PBS earned four nominations each, but CBS only clocked in with one. Hulu also only received a single nomination, though it has not invested as heavily in original content as its competitors, relying more on gaining streaming rights to networks’ current shows, as well as their archives.
Still, even with just one nomination, Hulu bested NBC, which was not nominated at all this year.
Popular streaming shows that earned nods included last year’s winner, Amazon’s “Transparent” (3 nominations), as well as Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” (2), Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” (2), Netflix’s “Narcos” (2), Netflix’s “House of Cards” (1), Netflix’s “Master of None (1),” Netflix’s “Bloodline” (1), Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” (1) and Hulu’s “Casual” (1).
HBO, which is now both a premium cable TV network and streaming service, earned nominations for “Veep” (2) and “Silicon Valley” (1), among others. However, the more remarkable news related to the network is that this is the first time in 10 years that it has not received the most nominations. And the network that upset that streak is Netflix.
Netflix before had never led a Golden Globes or Emmy nomination tally, EW noted, referencing this significant upset, adding that the service’s rise was signaled earlier this week when it also topped HBO among SAG nominations.
Overall, what the list of award nominations shows is that streaming services’ content no longer just rivals that of TV broadcasters; it’s actually besting them in terms of quality of programming.
Netflix also scored one additional nod as a film distributor – a category it only recently began investing in. The film that earned the nomination was Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” its first original film that tells the story of a child soldier, based on a book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. The network this fall released the film in a small group of theaters on the same day it appeared on Netflix, which allowed it to qualify for industry awards.
NBC will air the awards show on January 10.