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Netflix crowned at the Golden Globes

Scripted-logo-460_2The Crown4FX and Netflix were the big winners in the TV section of last night’s Golden Globes, scooping four and two gongs respectively, while UK-US thriller The Night Manager also had a successful night, winning three awards.

Netflix’s mega-budget original The Crown won the best television drama award and Claire Foy, who plays the British monarch in the series, walked away with best actress.

Not to be completely outdone by Netflix, rival streaming service Amazon triumphed with Billy Bob Thornton winning the best actor award for Goliath.

The streaming services never discloses viewer numbers so recognition in the form of awards is one of the few ways they can be fairly ranked against their traditional TV counterparts. Netflix was nominated for five awards in all this year.

Linear cable net FX, however, put was the biggest winner in terms of number of awards, claiming four of the eleven TV accolades on offer. It landed the best comedy award for Atlanta, which its programme making arm, FX Productions, makes. Donald Glover, star of the show, triumphed in the best comedy actor category.

FX Productions’ The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won the best limited series gong, and Sarah Paulson took the best actress in a limited series award for her performance in the show.

The-night-manager_2The Ink Factory-produced adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager also fared well, in a good night for British TV stars and shows. The BBC and AMC series won three acting awards.

Male lead Tom Hiddleston took the best actor in a limited series for his performance in the espionage series.

Olivia Colman won the best supporting actress in a limited series award for her performance in the show, and Hugh Laurie won the best supporting male.

The show has won a clutch of awards in the US and beyond.