Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle has swept aside the competition in this year’s Golden Globes to win not one but two awards.
The comedy about an orchestra, which premiered its second season at the very end of 2015, was a surprise nominee in this year’s awards race, thanks to its niche subject matter and Netflix’s perceived dominance of the streaming landscape. But Mozart in the Jungle conducted the evening to its own beat, bagging Best TV – Musical or Comedy and also Best Actor in a TV Comedy for Gael Garcia Bernal.
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The wins were so unexpected that Aziz Ansari even had this prepared for his cutaway during the announcement of the Best Actor gong, as the star of Netflix’s Master of None prepared to lose to incumbent winner Jeffrey Tambor.
Netflix has positioned itself as a leading online force in comedy, picking up shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and ordering countless stand-up specials from comedians. After beating Netflix two years in a row to the TV Comedy gong at the Golden Globes, though, following Transparent’s groundbreaking triumph, Amazon’s smaller roster of funny series are packing a bigger punch.
Amazon also enjoyed serious triumph, thanks to its acquisition of Mr. Robot for exclusive release in the UK, with NBCUniversal’s hacker cyberthriller winning both Best TV Drama and Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Christian Slater. Despite Narcos being nominated for Best TV Drama and Orange Is the New Black for Best TV – Musical or Comedy, Netflix won no awards at all.
Other TV gongs paid tribute to the old veterans – Mad Men’s Jon Hamm took home Best Actor in a Drama for the series’ final season – and celebrated new faces – Lady Gaga’s turn in American Horror Story: Hotel earned a Best Actress in a Limited Series prize. FOX’s Empire (available for free on All 4 in the UK) bagged Best Actress in a Drama for Taraji Henson, while HBO dominated the other performance prizes, with Maura Tierney’s scene-stealing turn in The Affair winning Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series and Oscar Isaac earning a deserved Best Actor in a Limited Series gong for his turn in Show Me a Hero. The BBC also enjoyed international success with Wolf Hall beating HBO to win the Best Limited Series prize.
On the big screen, The Revenant ruled the night, with Alejandro Iñárritu taking home Best Director and the movie taking home Best Motion Picture – Drama. Best Actor also went to Leonardo DiCaprio, suggesting that this will be the year the Titanic actor finally gets his Oscar. Steve Jobs and The Martian also emerged as awards contenders, with Kate Winslet winning Best Supporting Actress and Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay, plus Matt Damon winning Best Actor and Ridley Scott’s sci-fi winning Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Jennifer Lawrence and Brie Larson continued the fierce awards race contest by both taking home lead actress prizes for Joy (Musical or Comedy) and Room (Drama), while Sly Stallone unexpectedly proved there’s life in the old dog yet with a Best Supporting Actor win for Creed.
Amazon, though, offered the biggest upset of the night – twice, proving that while Netflix has expanded to almost every country in the world, its VOD rival isn’t afraid to sing its own tune.
Here is a full list of the 2016 Golden Globe winners – plus where you can watch them online.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Best Motion Picture, Comedy
The Big Short
Joy The Martian Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol Brie Larson, Room Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short Matt Damon, The Martian Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes Sylvester Stallone, Creed Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs Currently unavailable on UK VOD
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
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