Sunday night, The Golden Globes were handed out to actors, directors, producers, musicians, screenwriters, and television show creators in a setting of inebriated debauchery that The Golden Globes are so well known for. While La La Land broke a record in total awards received, there were also a few surprises on the TV side of the awards.
1. The Night Manager
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Tom Hiddleston
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Hugh Laurie
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Olivia Colman
The Night Manager stars Tom Hiddleston playing Jonathan Pine, a lonely night manager at a Cairo hotel, who gets recruited into infiltrating Richard Onslow Roper’s (Hugh Laurie), an arms dealer, circle-of-trust. Elizabeth Debicki portrays the sultry Jed Marshall, the main love interest to Pine, and Olivia Coleman plays a British intelligence agent, hellbent on taking down Roper.
This show was the biggest winner taking in 3 awards, the most for a TV show, including the 2 overall supporting roles. I tried watching this show when it aired and gave up after the first episode, as it seemed to be a torpid story and I found myself lethargic after 20 minutes. However, due to the positive reviews and the fact that Hugh Laurie is not even in the first hour, I think I will give it another run as I have read that it picks up significantly starting in the second episode.
2. The Crown
- Best Television Series – Drama
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Claire Foy
Awhile back, Netflix budgeted 6 billion (yes, billion) dollars for original programming to become a big gun in the industry and they seem to drop a new series almost every week, making my $15 a month subscription well worth the price. Even outside of the incredibly well done Marvel series, Netflix has presented us with a handful of original shows this year such as Stranger Things, The OA, Medici: Masters of Florence, and the winner for Best Television Series (Drama), The Crown.
The Crown follows the history and rise in power of Queen Elizabeth II, the current 90 year old monarch of England. The show stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, and John Lithgow plays the cantankerous Winston Churchill. Without doubt, the biggest treat this show gives you is Lithgow’s performance playing the borderline senile Churchill, and I was hoping to see him win the best supporting role, but hey, there are still the Emmys. In my opinion, the best episode of the series was him battling wits with his portrait artist, and lets just say the episode ended with ball of fire. This is not to downplay Foy’s role as Elizabeth, as she truly makes you believe in her role — the show takes you back 70 years and you feel like it was yesterday. Be warned, this show is a pure drama in every sense, do not expect action or any type of scene that you would see in The Tudors, but it is well worth the view.
3. The People v. O.J. Simpson
- Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Sarah Paulson
If there ever was a series that I thought would win every category it was nominated for, it was The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX threw everything they had into this show signing a number of iconic actors. Sarah Paulson plays Marcia Clark perfectly, David Schwimmer finally gets a role where we don’t think of Ross from Friends as he portrays Robert Kardashian, John Travolta plays the often backstabbing Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Courtney B. Vance pulls off a believable Johnni Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Lady Gaga as Donatella Versace, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown, Larry King as himself, and the solid performance of Billy Magnussen depicting the interloper Kato Kaelin.
The People v. O.J. Simpson gives you a behind the scenes look at the trial of the century where O.J. Simpson was accused and tried for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. The verdict of the trial was one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the courts which caused rioting, the questioning of the validity of our legal system, and decades of debate. Don’t worry, I will not spoil the verdict. *smiles*
- Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical: Donald Glover
Atlanta features Donald Glover as Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks and Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles. The series follows two cousins making their way up in the Atlanta rap scene and focuses on their difference of opinions regarding art vs. commerce. Marks is a college drop out grinding his way up the ladder while Miles becomes an overnight star, and one could easily see the tension that could be caused in that dynamic.
I do not know a lot about this show, but I do know that Donald Glover is in a really good spot in his life right now. Not only did he create this show, but he is also a writer, composer, director, and producer. He is probably best known as Troy Barnes on Community, but in a few years he will be best known as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Han Solo standalone film, not to mention his secretive role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film out next year.
For the first time in recent memory, HBO did not win a single Golden Globe. That’s not to say that they did not have a number of potential winners, and they had plenty of nominations; Westworld, Veep, The Night Of, and Game Of Thrones. Why did HBO not win any awards? This could be for a few reasons.
In years past HBO was seen as the cutting edge for television programming, and my first memory of this would be The Sopranos. Everyone knew that if HBO put out a Sunday night show, it was going to be solid gold and always a contender at both the Golden Globes and the Emmys. I was so biased to this that I would overlook other shows on networks like FX, AMC, or Showtime, instead opting to stick with my normal HBO routine. Well, that time is long gone as the aforementioned networks are churning out quality shows at an alarming rate. Even The History Channel with Vikings, USA with Mr. Robot, and now Netflix are all credible networks. This has over-saturated the market with quality programming and has caused HBO to gamble on shows just for a chance to keep up. As much as I loved Westworld, HBO’s big gamble, the complicated show is not for your typical viewer, and it leaves you wondering just what the hell is actually going on with it. I loved this aspect of the show, but many may find it annoying.
HBO is a pay service. AMC’s The Walking Dead still gets around 10 million viewers per episode, while 5 million viewers for an HBO show is considered stellar. This leads to decreased word-of-mouth, and I have long touted group-think as a defining factor to what we like and this goes for the award voters as well.
THR interviewed HBO programming president Casey Bloys late Sunday night and asked how he felt about HBO getting snubbed.
Other notable losers were Netflix’s Stranger Things and USA’s Mr. Robot.
What are your thoughts on the winners and losers? Does HBO need to step their game up? Did you like The Night Manager and should I give it another shot?