An award at Golden Globes, a giant win for OTT platforms

07 . Jan . 2019
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The 76th Golden Globe Awards were held today and winners have been announced. The star studded glittering event was hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg of Brooklyn Nine-Nine star fame. Golden Globes began in January 1944 and recognizes domestic and foreign films and television shows.

There were award categories like Best TV Series Drama, Best Performance by an Actor/Actress In A Television Series, Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, and so on. Among the Golden Globes nominees this year, the following caught our attention, more than others:

  • Wins:
    • Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama – Richard Madden (Bodyguard) (Winner)
    • Best Director – Motion Picture – Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) (Winner)
    • Best Actress in a Musical Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) (Winner)
    • Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language – Roma (Winner)
  • Nominations:
    • Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama – Stephan James (Homecoming) (Nominee)
    • Best TV Series Drama – Bodyguard (Nominee)
    • Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama – Julia Roberts (Homecoming) (Nominee)
    • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) (Nominee)
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) (Nominee)
    • Best TV series Musical or Comedy – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Nominee)

The four that stand out are – Bodyguard and Roma (Netflix), Homecoming and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime Video). Of these, Amazon Prime Video’s shows – Julia Roberts starring thriller Homecoming and comedy The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 2 were made exclusively for Amazon Prime Video and premiered on 2nd November, 2018 and 5th December, 2018 respectively. What is incredible is that Golden Globes is now considering content made exclusively for the online platform for nominations, categorizing it under television series. This trend was noticed at Golden globes last year and the year before that too, with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Crown13 Reasons Why garnering attention.

Also Read | Amazon Prime Original The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Review 

Web is increasingly being used as a medium to get viewers across the globe connected to world class content, that they might not have been able to access otherwise. Bodyguard was originally a BBC One Show and it is now streaming on Netflix. The deal with the platform is to distribute the show outside UK and Ireland. It started streaming on Netflix on 24th October. James Cuarón’s Spanish film Roma on Netflix witnessed a limited theatrical release on 21st November this year and premiered on Netflix on 14th December.

The fact that Hollywood A listers are not shying away from this medium, too, is good news for entertainment seekers across the globe. Not just this, in the70th Primetime Emmy Awards held on 17th September, 2018, Netflix received 37 nominations and Amazon got 6, giving OTT its rightful place in mainstream entertainment.