Golden Globes 2021: Netflix leads studios with 10 wins

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Netflix led the studios and networks in wins on the 78th Golden Globe Awards, a becoming coda to a yr when streaming dominated the leisure business dialog, as a lot of the viewers was caught at house.

The awards ceremony was broadcast on NBC beneath a cloud of controversy after a Los Angeles Instances investigation into the Hollywood International Press Assn., the group that presents the prizes.

Los Gatos-based Netflix scored 10 wins in all for exhibits and flicks together with “The Crown,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ and “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.”

“The Crown,” squarely within the HFPA’s wheelhouse of glamorous British fare, received 4 awards together with finest drama sequence. The acclaimed historic program’s fourth season additionally cleaned up in performing classes, profitable for dramatic actress (Emma Corrin as Princess Diana), actor (Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles) and supporting actress (Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher).

Netflix’s standard chess champion sequence “The Queen’s Gambit” received for restricted sequence and finest actress in a restricted sequence (Anya Taylor-Pleasure for her starring position).

In movie, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which moved to Netflix from ViacomCBS’ Paramount Photos through the pandemic, received for screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

Finest dramatic movie actor went to the late Chadwick Boseman for his half in “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.” Boseman, most well-known for enjoying the title character in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” died of colon most cancers in August at 43.

Moreover, British actress Rosamund Pike received finest comedy actress for the con-artist movie “I Care A Lot.”

However the high prize of the night time — finest movie drama — went to a conventional distributor, Walt Disney Co.’s Searchlight Photos, which emerged victorious with Chloé Zhao’s movie “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand. It beat Netflix’s David Fincher movie “Mank,” which had essentially the most nominations of any movement image however got here away with no wins.

“Nomadland,” which premiered this month concurrently in theaters and on Disney-owned streamer Hulu, additionally received finest director for Zhao.

Disney ended up the second winningest firm general with 5 awards, because of “Nomadland” and two very completely different jazz-themed films. Hulu’s “The US vs. Billie Vacation” received finest dramatic actress (Andra Day), and Disney’s Pixar received two awards for its jazz afterlife parable “Soul,” incomes finest animated characteristic and authentic rating.

Netflix got here into the ceremony with a complete of 42 nominations, excess of another distributor this yr. The streamer scored 22 nominations for movies, whereas securing 20 kudos for sequence.

Streaming exhibits and flicks did properly in a yr when in-person leisure choices had been restricted due to the novel coronavirus. Theaters had been closed in components of the nation for a lot of the yr, studios delayed lots of their main releases or bought them to direct-to-consumer apps, and media corporations funneled lots of their finest sequence to a la carte platforms.

The COVID-19 pandemic handed Netflix and different streamers one other benefit as conventional studios principally held again their greatest and finest films whereas theaters remained closed in key markets reminiscent of Los Angeles and New York.

It was a superb night time for streamers aside from Netflix.

Amazon Prime Video scored three victories together with finest comedy movie for “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm,” which additionally received Sacha Baron-Cohen the award for comedy actor; whereas TV supporting actor went to John Boyega for his position in Steve McQueen’s anthology “Small Axe.”

Apple TV+ notched a win for its feel-good sports activities comedy “Ted Lasso,” for which Jason Sudeikis received for comedy actor.

Among the many conventional distributors, AT&T-owned Warner Bros. snatched a prize for its movie “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which debuted on HBO Max and in theaters concurrently. Daniel Kaluuya earned supporting actor for enjoying Illinois-chapter Black Panther Occasion chairman Fred Hampton.

Indie distributor A24 took house the award for international language movie with “Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung’s story of a Korean American immigrant household that strikes to a rural farm within the Nineteen Eighties. Although the movie is American, it was controversially positioned within the Globes’ international language class due to HFPA guidelines.

Burbank-based studio STX Leisure nabbed a win for its political-legal drama “The Mauritanian,” for which Jodie Foster received finest supporting actress.

The Golden Globes can enhance the status of the nominated exhibits, films, networks and studios, and so they can draw extra consideration to little-known productions, reminiscent of “The Mauritanian.” They’re nonetheless seen as a precursor to the Oscars, even in a extremely uncommon awards season like this yr’s.

However the affect could also be dampened throughout a yr that lacked main blockbusters. Most of the nominated films, like “Mank,” “Nomadland” and “The Father,” are comparatively obscure. The shortage of high-profile movies and the idiosyncrasies of manufacturing a dwell occasion throughout a pandemic means viewership of the telecast is extensively anticipated to fall at a time when dwell TV rankings are broadly declining.

The awards had been additionally doled out beneath renewed scrutiny of the HFPA, an 87-person nonprofit made up of worldwide leisure journalists. A Los Angeles Instances investigation raised contemporary allegations of moral lapses and self dealing inside the group, revealing funds made to members for actions together with serving on committees. HFPA stated in response that its funds had been “vetted by knowledgeable nonprofit compensation marketing consultant and out of doors counsel, the place acceptable.”

The nominations this yr included headscratchers together with “Emily in Paris,” which was up for finest TV comedy or musical regardless of middling opinions. In 2019, greater than 30 HFPA members had been handled by the group to a two-night keep at a five-star French lodge to go to the set of the present, The Instances reported. “Emily in Paris” misplaced to CBC/Pop TV comedy sequence “Schitt’s Creek,” which received two awards, complete.

The Instances investigation additionally revealed that HFPA has no Black voters, prompting the group to challenge an announcement to The Instances promising an “motion plan” to attain objectives of bringing in Black members. The nonprofit confronted additional criticism for this yr’s slate of nominations, which didn’t embrace a number of Black-led Oscar contenders reminiscent of “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” within the nominees for the group’s high award.

Teams together with Time’s Up and business luminaries reminiscent of Ava DuVernay, J.J. Abrams and Ellen Pompeo criticized the HFPA following The Instances’ investigation. The HFPA briefly addressed the dearth of Black members through the ceremony, during which the group’s management gave a speech that lasted lower than one minute.

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