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Unlike in film, TV’s Golden Globes results tend to matter little in the broader awards landscape. For reasons recently addressed, and some not easily diagnosed, a HFPA TV nod is often more of an outlier than an indication of future kudos. But Sunday night’s TV wins seemed to say more than usual.
The Crown was the hands-down victor, winning more than any other TV (or film) project with four Golden Globes. Schitt’s Creek also got its first taps from the HFPA, duplicating at least some of its unprecedented streak the 2020 Emmys for its sixth and final season. Newcomers, however, seemed — with recent launches Ted Lasso, Small Ax and The Queen’s Gambit all grabbing some auspicious wins.
Drama might be the most consensus category, with The Crown winning top honors for the first time since its first season — and outing cast member Josh O’Connor winning lead actor for his (fictionalized!) portrayal of Prince Charles. Newcomers Emma Corrin, who joined the fourth season as Princess Diana, beat out lead incumbent Olivia Colman for lead actress in the night’s biggest TV coup. It adds some real heat to her future awards prospects, ones already buoyed by the fact that she’s been the first actress to tackle the significant 20th century figure in such a high-profile project. Gillian Anderson also beat out all other TV supporting female players for her one-off season as Margaret Thatcher. There has been much discussion among awards insiders that the fourth season of The Crown could be the first to make a real impression at the Emmys, American TV’s biggest award, where the Netflix drama’s only non-crafts award to date going to former Queen Elizabeth II actress Claire Foy. These four trophies certainly add credence to such an argument.
Comedy continued the swan song salute to the late Schitt’s Creek — though, on top of best series, the only other award went to lead actress Catherine O’Hara. The HFPA was never going to lavish the Canadian import with the kind of praise it saw at the 2020 Emmys, but its series win (considering the first-time nomination) seemed fitting. The only other TV comedy trophy went to Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis. His Apple TV series premiered after Emmy eligibility, and its apparent popularity, combined with it’s Schitt’s Creek-esque sincerity, bode well for its awards season future.
Fall phenom The Queen’s Gambit was the big winner among miniseries, with the Netflix seven-parter taking the top race and star Anna Taylor Joy winning the lead actress race — compounding the streamer’s already good night with The Crown. Almost since the day of the series’ October premiere, Joy has been considered the frontrunner in all related TV awards. Her new Globe will further fuel those discussions. Among actors, Mark Ruffalo repeated his own Emmy win for his (dual) role in HBO’s I Know This Much Is True. In the supporting category, condensed at the Globes to encapsulate drama, comedy and miniseries, it was Small Axe actor John Boyega who topped the competition for his part in Steve McQueen’s Amazon anthology.
Boyega’s win merits further discussion. After all, the drawback to Sunday’s TV Globes awards — one that was at least somewhat compensated for by a few wins in the film races — was the almost complete lack of victories for people of color. After years of sometimes nominating a more inclusive pool of projects and performers than some other awards shows, the HFPA has finally been put on watch for its own very white (and, still, very small) voting body. To hand out a TV award to just one Black performer, while the composition of its own non-Black membership has again come to the fore, is a bad look indeed.
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