FX and Netflix emerged as the big TV winners of Sunday night’s (6 January) Golden Globe Awards, with The Americans and Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method taking top honours.
FX picked up Best Drama for its long-running series The Americans, which wrapped its sixth and final series in May. Despite being a critical darling across its run, the drama had only been previously nominated for a Golden Globe in 2017 and had never won.
The cable channel, which will next year sit under the Disney portfolio following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, also nabbed a prize for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for Darren Criss’s performance as deranged killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, making him the first Filipino American to win a Golden Globe.
Elsewhere, Netflix picked up three big prizes, including two acting awards and Best Musical or Comedy Series.
The latter honour went to The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method, which was released on the platform in November and follows an aging acting coach. Michael Douglas, the show’s lead, picked up Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role.
Meanwhile, Scottish actor Richard Madden took home Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in BBC One/Netflix co-production The Bodyguard, which smashed ratings records for the public broadcaster last year.
Most telling was the uncharacteristically quiet performance by awards stalwart HBO, which collected only one accolade in the TV category, with Patricia Clarkson picking up Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her performance in eOne thriller Sharp Objects.
Amazon’s Maisel, Scandal delivers
Amazon were also big winners at the ceremony, with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and BBC One co-production A Very English Scandal both going home with awards.
Maisel star Rachel Monahan won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role, while Ben Whishaw, who played former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s alleged lover Norman Scott, picked up Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.
While BBC America’s Killing Eve was tipped as a favourite for the Best Drama prize, it was ultimately only lead Sandra Oh – who also co-hosted the awards with Andy Samberg – who walked away with an award for the spy thriller, winning Best Actress in a Drama.
The Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie prize went to Patricia Arquette for her role in Showtime’s seven-parter Escape From Dannemora, which is based on the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape and premiered in November.