Netflix mines a rich seam for Golden Globes
Netflix yesterday chalked up 34 Golden Globe nominations, dominating the fields of film and TV. Three of the five best picture nominees are from Netflix: The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Popes, while The Crown provided nominees in three acting categories.
IT WAS just five years ago that Netflix edged into the Golden Globes with its first award for House of Cards.
Yesterday, the US streaming giant demonstrated just how far it has come by scoring 34 nominations, dominating the fields of film and TV and leaving its rivals trailing.
Three of the five best picture nominees are from Netflix: The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Popes. The company has stuck to its model of giving each a cursory cinema release in order to make them eligible for awards, before making them available to stream.
Along with the Eddie Murphy vehicle, Dolemite Is My Name, they gave Netflix 17 film nominations, more than twice that of its nearest rival, Sony Pictures.
The highest number of nominations went to Marriage Story, a divorce drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
In the television categories, Netflix also had 17 nominations. They included four for The Crown: best television series, best actress for Olivia Colman as the Queen, best actor for Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
Claire Foy’s performance as the Queen in the first two series was the only one to be recognised previously.
Other Netflix dramas to feature on the shortlist are The Kominsky Method, The Politician and Unbelievable.
The company has made no secret of spending its way to success – it is expected to lavish around $15 billion (£11.4 billion) on content this year, almost five times the BBC’S budget.
Reed Hastings, the Netflix chief executive, told The Daily Telegraph earlier this year: “This is what makes our competitors crazy, that we have that money to spend and we’re doing this in a big way. But it makes our customers happy, because there’s variety today, and more variety coming. We’re definitely shaking things up.”
This year, the only BBC nominees are Fleabag, which first appeared on BBC Three and is now on Amazon Prime Video, and Killing Eve, another Phoebe Waller-bridge show, which made its debut on BBC America.
Waller-bridge and her Irish Fleabag co-star, Andrew Scott, were nominated in acting categories, alongside Jodie Comer for Killing Eve. Another Irish star, Saoirse Ronan, gets a nod as best actress for Little Women.
Other British contenders include Dame Helen Mirren for her performance in Catherine the Great, Taron Egerton for his role as Elton John in the film Rocketman, Brian Cox for Succession and Dame Emma Thompson for Late Night.
Bond star Daniel Craig has been nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy for his role in Knives Out.
Dame Helen Mirren Best actress in a limited series Daniel Craig Best actor in a film (musical or comedy) Tobias Menzies Fleabag Best TV comedy, best actress and supporting actor Best actor in a film (drama) Olivia Coleman Best actress in a drama series Taron Egerton Best actor in a film (musical or comedy) Dame Emma Thompson Best actress in a film (comedy) Helena Bonham Carter Supporting actress in a drama