Golden Globes 2019 nominations: Netflix gets reality check with disappointing recognition for originals
This comes as a shocker all the more because of the wide critical acclaim Netflix originals have garnered over the years, with shows like 'Stranger Things' changing the game
The 2019 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday and in a shocking turn of events - Netflix ended up with a considerably less than impressive number of nominations when it came to original shows. While the streaming giant was able to top the list among streaming networks with regards to total nominations including films; if one tallies the number of Netflix originals that have made it to the major categories of nominations, it's disappointing.
So far, the only Netflix shows that have bagged a prominent mention in the big categories happen to be 'Ozark', 'Glow' and 'The Kominsky Method.' In the Best TV Series (drama) category, only 'Bodyguard' managed to bag a spot as a Netflix show on the list, and even then, it is originally a BBC One production.
As for the Netflix shows we mentioned, Jason Bateman ('Ozark') bagged a Best Actor in a Drama nomination, and again, Richard Madden ('Bodyguard') was on the list too, but it can't really count as a Netflix original nomination.
'The Kominsky Method' was probably the only 'Golden' child on Netflix's list of originals nominated for the awards, scoring three mentions in the Best Musical or Comedy Series, Best Actor (Michael Douglas) and Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin) categories. Other notable mentions in the big categories are: 'Glow' for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series (Alison Brie) and 'Seven Seconds' for Best Actress in a Limited Series (Regina King.)
And, this looks like a reality check for the extremely popular streaming giant with a multitude of original shows, it has been churning out for a while now. Granted, Netflix did score a total of seven nominations for TV shows and five others for films, but it still fell short when it came to the really significant categories which seemed to be dominated by networks like Fox and HBO. Even Netflix's rival streaming service Amazon Prime Video scored a total of nine nominations when it came to shows, which is slightly better than Netflix's own position in the race.
This comes as a shocker all the more because of the wide critical acclaim Netflix originals have garnered over the years, with shows like 'Stranger Things' pretty much changing the game for the streaming service. It wouldn't be a too far-fetched a speculation to blame some of this on poor quality out of possible complacency, but that is just a mere viewers opinion.
Yet one cannot overlook the fact that with the frequency at which Netflix has been churning out originals, its core priority seems to be quantity instead of better-crafted plots and remarkable performances. And when they do so, it is either one or the other, but as ardent Netflix fans would have observed by now, with some shows it's neither - and that has finally reflected in the Golden Globe 2019 nominations. Netflix tied with Hulu in last year's nominations as the dominating network.