In the 76th Golden Globes ceremony, there were plenty of upsets including, the biggest was that the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" took best picture, drama, over Bradley Cooper's heavily favoured "A Star is Born" and Glenn Close won over Lady Gaga for best actress.
But the real winner, despite the upsets, was Netflix as it dominated the ceremony with high profile wins for “Roma” and taking home a best TV comedy prize for “The Kominsky Method.”
Unlike the Oscars, the Globes separates dramas from musicals and comedies, honouring the best in both film and television.
Netflix’s impressive night signals a changing landscape in Hollywood and comes as traditional Studios are being overtaken by streaming giants such as Hulu and Crave TV.
As Silicone Valley continues to challenge Hollywood, Netflix also celebrated a best actor in a TV comedy win for Michael Douglas for his work as an aging acting coach in “The Kominsky Method.” Netflix’s hit “Bodyguard” captured a best actor in a TV drama prize for Richard Madden.
The streaming station has spent heavily on original films and television shows, shelling out some extraordinary $13 billion in 2018 alone. In the coming months the rush to nab award-worthy programming will only intensify as Warner Media and Disney launch their own direct-to-consumer services to compete with Netflix.
One of the ways that Disney is hoping to bolster its arsenal is by spending nearly $72 billion to buy much of 21st Century Fox. It must have left the Globes feeling justified in that investment, as Fox, Fox Searchlight, and FX, all of which will exist as part of the Magic Kingdom, scored six wins.
“The Americans,” for instance, was sent off in style at the ceremony, capturing the best TV drama award over the likes of “Killing Eve” and “Pose.” The FX series about Cold War espionage wrapped its acclaimed run after six seasons and eight episodes. The network also won a best limited series or TV movie for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” and Darren Criss got acting honors for his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
The evening had its share of wow moments, none more so than “The Wife” star Glenn Close’s victory over Lady Gaga in the best actress in a drama category. Close, tears streaking her cheeks, look stunned and sounded amazing in her acceptance speech.
Rami Malek earned a best actor in a drama statue for his turn as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” His win came at the expense of Bradley Cooper, the actor and director who had been expected to go home with the award for his performance as an alcoholic rock star.
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