The streaming wars may have begun but Netflix is still the service to beat as it dominated all comers in the 2020 Golden Globe nominations with 34 total nods split evenly across both movies and TV.
Everyone else was much further back with HBO, which doesn’t contend among the movie categories, in second with 15 total nominations. Hulu and Amazon tied with five each, FX came in with four, Apple TV+ and Showtime tied with three each, BBC America scored two for Killing Eve and USA Network earned one sole nomination for Rami Malek’s performance in the final season of Mr. Robot.
Notably, none of the broadcast networks scored even one nomination.
Netflix split its tally between movies and TV, with each category getting seven each. Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, which was just released on the service over the weekend, led with six total nominations, including best drama, best director, best original screenplay and best actor and actress nominations for Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
Netflix also did well with Martin Scorsese’s mob opus The Irishman, which tied Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood with five nominations each. Two other Netflix movies—My Name is Dolomite, starring Eddie Murphy, and The Two Popes, starring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins also were both nominated.
On the TV side, Netflix’s most-nominated series was season three of The Crown, which nabbed a nom for best drama, as well as lead actor and actress nominations for Tobias Menzies (Prince Phillip) and Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth) and a supporting actress nod for Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret). (It merits mention that the Golden Globes includes actors from all TV categories - drama, comedy, limited series and TV movie—in the supporting actor and actress categories.).
Besides The Crown, Netflix landed series noms for two of its comedies: Ryan Murphy’s The Politician, the lead of which, Ben Platt, also was nominated, and Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method, which won the Golden Globe last year for season one. Michael Douglas, who last year won lead actor in a comedy for this series, as well as that show’s Alan Arkin both again were nominated, as was Living With Yourself’s Paul Rudd.
As for Netflix’s funny women, Dead to Me’s Christina Applegate and Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne both were nominated best actress in a comedy.
Netflix also scored a nomination for Unbelievable in the limited-series and TV movie category with Kaitlin Dever, Merritt Wever and Toni Collette all getting nods in the best actress in a limited series category for Dever and Wever and Collette grabbing a mention in the best supporting actress category.
HBO, which led all nominations at the 2019 Emmys, nearly kept pace with Netflix with 15 total nods, including three for Succession: one for best drama, one for best lead actor in Brian Cox and one for best supporting in Kieran Culkin. Game of Thrones, which scored 12 Emmys for its final season, only landed one Golden Globe nomination, for lead actor Kit Harington (Jon Snow).
Besides Succession, HBO’s Big Little Lies also was nominated best drama, with Nicole Kidman receiving a nod as lead actress for season two, and Meryl Streep grabbing a mention for best supporting actress.
On the comedy side, HBO’s Barry was nommed as best series, along with nominations for Bill Hader as lead actor in a comedy, and Henry Winkler as supporting.
HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series Chernobyl also was nominated along with several members of its cast, including Jared Harris as lead actors and Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson as supporting actor and actress. Helen Mirren was nominated for her lead performance in four-episode limited series, Catherine the Great.
Apple TV+ grabbed its first Golden Globe nominations with three for The Morning Show—one as best drama, one for lead actress Jennifer Aniston and one for supporting actress Reese Witherspoon. Considering that Apple TV+ is a big new player in the world of TV, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may want to welcome it with a win or two.
On the comedy side, Amazon had two entries: Emmy-winner Fleabag and season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and both of those lead actresses, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Rachel Brosnahan were nominated.
Showtime also scored a nomination here for Kirsten Dunst in new comedy On Becoming A God in Central Florida. The premium cable network also earned noms for limited series The Loudest Voice, based on the story of Fox News, with Russell Crowe nominated for his performance as the bombastic Roger Ailes.
FX reaped four mentions, with Emmy-winner Billy Porter looking to grab another win for Pose; and Fosse/Verdon, that series’ leading lady, Emmy-winner Michelle Williams; and her co-star Sam Rockwell all nominated.
Finally, Hulu grabbed nominations for limited series Catch-22, with star Christopher Abbott nominated as lead actor. Hulu also received acting nominations for Patricia Arquette and Joey King for The Act; and a comedy actor nod for Ramy Youssef for his eponymous sitcom, Ramy.
The 77th annual Golden Globes, which will be will be hosted for the fifth time by Ricky Gervais, airs live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
[Images of The Crown courtesy of Netflix]