Netflix led the studios and networks in wins at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, a fitting coda to a year when streaming dominated the entertainment industry conversation, as much of the audience was stuck at home.
The awards ceremony was broadcast on NBC under a cloud of controversy after a Los Angeles Times investigation into the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the group that presents the prizes.
Los Gatos, California-based Netflix scored 10 wins in all for shows and movies including “The Crown,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7" and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
“The Crown,” squarely in the HFPA’s wheelhouse of glamorous British fare, won four awards including best drama series. The acclaimed historical program’s fourth season also cleaned up in acting categories, winning for dramatic actress (Emma Corrin as Princess Diana), actor (Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles) and supporting actress (Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher).
Netflix’s popular chess champion series “The Queen’s Gambit” won for limited series and best actress in a limited series (Anya Taylor-Joy for her starring role).
In film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which moved to Netflix from ViacomCBS’ Paramount Pictures during the pandemic, won for original screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).
Best dramatic film actor went to the late Chadwick Boseman for his part in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Boseman, most famous for playing the title character in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” died of colon cancer in August at 43.
Additionally, British actress Rosamund Pike won best comedy actress for the con-artist film “I Care A Lot.”
But the top prize of the night — best film drama — went to a traditional distributor, Walt Disney Co.'s Searchlight Pictures, which emerged victorious with Chloé Zhao’s film “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand. It beat Netflix’s David Fincher film “Mank,” which had the most nominations of any motion picture but came away with no wins.
“Nomadland,” which premiered this month simultaneously in theaters and on Disney-owned streamer Hulu, also won best director for Zhao.