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If, by tea leaves or sheer luck, you happened to sweep the TV categories at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards in your office pool, congratulations. You produced a list of individuals and projects that is both absurd and whimsical in its lack of cohesion, one that likely says very little about future award shows — while simultaneously saying everything about where TV is at right now.
There was no big winner, unless you count Netflix’s wild outlier The Kominsky Method. Chuck Lorre’s comedic ode to men of a certain age scored a surprise victory in the comedy race and brought a best actor trophy to lead Michale Douglas. No other series — save FX limited The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — stuck out enough with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to warrant multiple honors. Instead, those who took the Beverly Hilton stage represented a scattershot roster that stressed the unpredictable tastes of the cabal-like voting body and the extreme breadth of work that’s currently out there and in contention for accolades.
There wasn’t really even a standout network or streamer. One could argue that Kominsky Method distributor Netflix had a big night, but given the platform’s lack of involvement in British import Bodyguard (made by ITV) and its odd nod for lead Richard Madden, Netflix cedes the real prize to FX and its true three wins. The almost-but-not-quite-Disney-owned cable network got a farewell nod to The Americans and that pair of awards for Ryan Murphy’s Versace.
For those desperate for some kind of through-line, women named Patricia, Clarkson (HBO’s Sharp Objects) and Arquette (Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora), swept up on the lady side of the acting categories. Among the men in miniseries, Ben Whishaw scored something of a coup for his supporting role in Amazon import A Very English Scandal, and Darren Criss followed up his Emmy with another win for his lead role in Versace. The anthology, which still has some guild awards to vie for, also took the top prize over HFPA bait Sharp Objects and A Very English Scandal.
Outside of Kominsky and Douglas, the only other TV comedy win was also the night’s only repeat. A year after minting her Amazon original as a force to be reckoned with, the HFPA again tapped Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan. The fact that her series did not repeat either, coming off of an Emmy win and a warmly received sophomore bow, was among the night’s few real shockers on the TV side.
But who can ever truly gauge the Golden Globes? The year’s interesting assembly of nominations should have told awards-watchers that the night was going to be a weird one. Ceremony co-host Sandra Oh walking away with best actress in a drama (for BBC America’s Killing Eve) could be a reflection of the voters’ fondness for her performance, the absence of Emmy winner Claire Foy (Netflix’s The Crown) or their gratitude for her eleventh-hour commitment to joining Andy Samberg onstage. Either way, no one is likely putting much stock into any of this — unless you happen to be the Netflix or Warner Bros. TV exec behind the “for your consideration” push for The Kominsky Method. Your budget probably just grew by a handsome sum.
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