Netflix shows its muscles at virtual Golden Globes with ‘Queen’s Gambit’, ‘Crown’ amid diversity of diversity


In a year tainted by the coronavirus pandemic, the show must go on, and the Golden Globes did exactly that Sunday night, albeit virtually. Alexandra Yahoo Finance Channel breaks it down.

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ADAM SHAPIRO: Welcome back to Yahoo Finance. It’s time for some fame and fortune with Ali Canal. Because last night, Ali, we had the Golden Globes. And, you know, it’s a great honor to be nominated. But you have to tell me

ALEXANDRA CHANNEL: That is yours?

ADAM SHAPIRO: –the streaming giants positioned as leaders, heading to the Oscars, what can you tell us?

ALEXANDRA CHANNEL: Oh my God. First of all, Adam, that’s amazing. I did not know that. What a fun fact. But yeah, the Golden Globes were last night, and it was a great night for streamers, especially Netflix. Netflix walked away with 10 Golden Globe awards. They did very well when it came to “The Queen’s Gambit” as well as “The Crown.” “The Queen’s Gambit” won the award for best miniseries. This is a category that has generally been dominated by HBO, but last night, we saw Netflix walk away with that win.

And then for “The Crown,” he won the award for Best TV Drama Series. Other relevant victories for Netflix include the late Chadwick Boseman, who won the best actor award for his role in the Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” His wife accepted the award on his behalf and it was a very emotional moment on the show. We also saw Aaron Sorkin win the Best Screenplay award for the acclaimed film “The Chicago Trial of the Seven.”

So overall, it was a great night for Netflix, but it wasn’t the only streamer that had its moment in the spotlight. We also had Hulu, Disney, Amazon Prime Video with very important victories. Amazon Prime really did very well with the new Borat sequel. That earned them the best motion picture comedy, making him the first streamer to win that award. Sacha Baron Cohen won the Best Actor title for his role in the film. So, Borat, who knew? It is a cult classic. And Amazon Prime did very well.

And then Apple TV Plus, which is usually a streamer that has struggled in the midst of these big streaming giants, but last night, we saw Jason Sudeikis go home with a Best Actor win for his role in “Ted Lasso.” Personally, I haven’t seen this one yet, but people are raving about it. They say it’s a very, very good show, so I’ll have to check it out. So even Apple TV Plus takes its first Golden Globe.

But when it comes to that final award of the night, the biggest one being Best Movie Drama, it went to a more traditional movie distributor with “Nomadland.” That’s from Searchlight Pictures. We also had Chloé Zhao winning Best Director. In fact, she is the first woman to win this award since 1984.

So, a very interesting night. It was a bit, I don’t mean boring awards show, but there weren’t many good times. I think it is very difficult to do that in a virtual environment. There were some technical difficulties here and there. There was a bit of discomfort, especially when people were giving their speeches and they were playing music. It’s like they can’t … they can’t get off stage. They will just end up sitting on your couch the entire time.

So I think we could see a bit of that awkwardness when the Oscars air on April 25. They haven’t released too much information on what it will look like, but I think we can expect it to be quite similar to the Golden Globes, a little mix of presence in certain locations, but most of it is virtual. . So we’ll have to see what happens when the Oscars roll out on April 25.

SEANA SMITH: Well Ali, meanwhile, you have to watch “Ted Lasso” because I’ve seen a couple of episodes and it’s very, very good. It’s a happy, fun, short little show that you can tune into very quickly.

But first, on a more serious note, we talked about this last week before awards night. There was a report from “LA Times” that spoke of the lack of diversity in Hollywood. This is a problem, clearly not the first time. It is specifically the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. It was briefly addressed on stage last night, but clearly, more needs to be done on this topic.

ALEXANDRA CHANNEL: Much more needs to be done. And you’re right, they tackled it on stage. Host Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brought it up in their opening monologue. And soon after, three members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association came out on stage and basically said, listen up, we know we have a lot more work to do here. We will begin the changes immediately. But it was a very brief moment.

And that was something like that. We didn’t really hear much after that. So hopefully this is the beginning of a major change in Hollywood. And this is not just something that is affecting the Golden Globes. This is a deeper problem in Hollywood and it really goes deeper into the Hollywood ecosystem. Last year, we had the Oscars adjusting those eligibility requirements to promote greater inclusion. On Friday, Netflix released the first diversity report of its kind. They said $ 100 million will be committed over the next five years to help close that diversity gap.

But the reality of the situation is that many of these very notable black-centric shows were completely excluded from Golden Globe nominations. That includes “Insecure,” “I Can Destroy You,” while other flashy titles like “Emily in Paris” they did get that nomination. So, you know, even Tina Fey said awards are stupid. They don’t mean anything, right?

But they provide windows of opportunity. They provide visibility. So right now, they are still important, and there is certainly a lot of work Hollywood has to do to correct that injustice that permeates the entire industry and just be more culturally diverse.

ADAM SHAPIRO: Okay, let’s get to the gossip and dirt. Who were snubbed and what surprises were there?

ALEXANDRA CHANNEL: So in terms of heels, I was very interested – it was very interesting last night, because “Mank” was the most nominated movie for Netflix with six nominations, and it went completely empty-handed. So I always think it’s funny. For example, why give this movie so many nominations if you’re not even going to give them an award?

In a similar vein, we also had “Promising Young Woman”. Now, that moment is a bit surprising when they got all that love for gold, for their own Golden Globe nominations. But once again, they too left empty-handed. Many people thought that Carey Mulligan could potentially win for Best Actress, but that did not happen.

In terms of surprises, I think Andra Day for “America vs. Billie Holiday,” which delivered Hulu’s only win. And Andra Day actually became the first black actress to win that award in 35 years. And he had some pretty tough competition there with Oscar winner Viola Davis. So, congrats to her. She was amazing in that movie. She has an amazing voice. You should go check it out.

And then another surprise was Rosamund Pike for winning the Best Actress award for the Netflix series, “I Care a Lot.” It was clear on his face that he did not expect to win this award. And they saw it reflected, I think, also in their acceptance speech. So those, to me, were some of the biggest slights and surprises. Disney’s “Hamilton the Musical”, I think they had a lot of enthusiasm and momentum going into this, but they were also completely banned from the Golden Globes.

But I think at the end of the day here, a lot of the critics were going for “Borat” over Disney’s “Hamilton the Musical.” And I always think that category is interesting anyway, because are you going to go the musical route, or are you going to do the comedy route? They are very different genres for me, but clearly, last night, they went the comedy route.

ADAM SHAPIRO: Ali Canal with Fame and Fortune, the other big surprise is that these things make great doorstops if you need them.

ALEXANDRA CHANNEL: [INAUDIBLE]

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