Net­flix mines a rich seam for Golden Globes

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - Arts And En­ter­tain­ment Ed­i­tor By Anita Singh

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

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