Golden Globes: Streamers Dominate TV Race, Surprise Newcomers Break Through

Casual, Mozart in the Jungle and Mr. Robot Split - H 2015
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Hulu's 'Casual' and Amazon's 'Mozart in the Jungle' score key nominations — while 'Mr. Robot' proves itself a formidable awards player.

The Hollywood Foreign Press never fails to surprise in its choices for the Golden Globes TV race.

Annually the first awards show to tap many series, its affections frequently gravitate towards newcomers and non-traditional outlets. This year is no exception. In addition to showering Netflix with the most nominations of any TV player, Amazon scored for more than just Transparent and Hulu even broke through with a best comedy mention for Casual.

No series, comedy or drama, holds a decisive lead in the rankings. Six share in having the most nominations, three a piece, with half of them in the miniseries race (American Crime, Fargo and Wolf Hall). But if there is any clarity among the other top performers, it's that Transparent seems to have serious staying power with voters and Mr. Robot is emerging as a formidable player in the TV kudos conversation.

Mr. Robot scored USA mentions for top drama, lead Rami Malek and supporting player Christian Slater. It comes just a day after Malek scored his first SAG nomination for the show, and seems to cement the likelihood that Mr. Robot will be a big player in the upcoming Emmy race.

But Mr. Robot's Golden Globes arrival is no real surprise. It was almost unanimously greeted as one of the best new series of 2015, and its only real handicap was the basic cable network's lack of awards swagger. Three series that few likely expected to hear named on Thursday morning, however, were Casual, Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle and Starz period drama Outlander. All three earned multiple mentions — the former two occupying a good portion of the comedy race, keeping out such expected nominees as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and any broadcast show.

Last year's strong showing from Showtime's The Affair was not repeated. The drama scored only one nomination, for Maura Tierney, while the final season of Mad Men, similarly, only earned a mention for Jon Hamm.

There was much better news for Empire. The Fox hit, a relative non-entity during this past Emmy race, scored a mention in the top drama category and one for lead Taraji P. Henson. The CW must also be happy. Not only did reigning comedy actress winner Gina Rodriguez make a return to the category, she's joined by fellow CW star Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex Girlfriend). The only other broadcast actress in that race, by the way, is Scream Queens star Jamie Lee Curtis.

Elsewhere, Narcos nabbed two nominations for Netflix, as did Starz mini Flesh & Bone. Starz also scored a mention for Blunt Talk star Patrick Stewart. That puts the pay cable network (six noms) behind only HBO (seven noms) in channel nominations — quite a feat when you consider the fact that CBS only scored one mention (Good Wife supporting player Alan Cumming) and NBC is completely absent from the race.