After a year where the pandemic nearly emptied movie theaters, Netflix dominated nominations for the 78ths Golden Globe Awards, getting 20 nods — nearly three times as many as its closest competitor, HBO.
Netflix, which beat its own record of 17 TV nominations from last year, secured three out of the five nominations for best drama TV series — ‘The Crown,’ ‘Ozark’ and ‘Ratched’ — and four of the five acting nods for best actress in that category for Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin, Laura Linney and Sarah Paulson.
Streaming newcomer HBO Max scored two nominations with ‘The Flight Attendant,’ a best comedy TV berth and also earned ‘The Big Bang Theory’ veteran Kaley Cuoco her first Globe nod.
The service’s big brother, HBO, earned seven nominations thanks to the psychological thriller ‘The Undoing’ and ‘Lovecraft Country,’ a horror series that mixes the supernatural and racial inequalities.
Little-known Pop TV earned five nominations — all for the Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ which swept the comedy Emmy Awards last year. Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy all got nods.
‘The Crown’ roared to the top of all TV candidates with six nominations, including lead acting nods for Coleman, Corrin and Josh O’Connor as well as supporting nods to Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter.
Apple TV+ scored with ‘Ted Lasso,’ in which Jason Sudeikis plays an American football coach who takes charge of an elite British soccer team despite having little knowledge of the game. The show was nominated for best comedy and so was Sudeikis.
Other best comedy actor contenders are Eugene Levy for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ Don Cheadle from ‘Black Monday,’ Hoult from ‘The Great’ and Ramy Youssef from ‘Ramy,’ who currently owns the category crown.
A year after traditional broadcast networks were completely shut out in all nominations, NBC was the lone broadcaster represented Monday, scoring a nod for ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ star Jane Levy, playing a computer coder who hears and sees people express their inner thoughts through music.
Netflix’s ‘Ratched,’ Ryan Murphy’s backstory of the notorious nurse from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ earned three nominations despite poor reviews. Stars Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon both got nominations.
‘Ratched’ will do battle for the best drama on TV with ‘The Crown,’ ‘Lovecraft Country,’ ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Mandalorian.’ Last year, ‘Succession’ won it.
This year’s Globes were postponed nearly two months because of the pandemic and to adjust to the delayed Oscars.