The Golden Globes 2020 nominations have been revealed and Netflix bested the competition in a big way. Over the last handful of years, Netflix made the transition from a relatively humble streaming service to massive Hollywood player. Not that anyone is questioning their dominance at this point, but with a total of 34 nominations at one of the year's biggest awards shows for its various original movies and TV shows, that dominance has been asserted rather impressively.
On the movie side, The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and Dolemite is My Name helped Netflix earn 17 total nominations. That is better than double what Sony Pictures managed, and they were in second place. In the Best Picture, Drama category, Netflix holds three of the five spots, with The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Pops all garnering nominations alongside Joker and 1917. Dolemite is My Name was nominated in the Musical or Comedy category and is up against Rocketman, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Director Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story led the pack with six nominations. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver were both nominated for their performances. Laura Dern also scored a nomination in the supporting role category for her work in the movie. Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins were both nominated as well for The Two Popes. Eddie Murphy scored a nomination for his performance as Rudy Ray More in Dolemite Is My Name.
Martin Scorsese's expensive and ambitious gangster epic The Irishman paid off with several key nominations. Aside from Best Picture, the movie also earned Scorsese a nomination in the directing category, with both Joe Pesci and Al Pacino landing supporting role nominations. Lastly, the movie earned a Steve Zaillian a nomination for his screenplay. Netflix also has two other nominations in that category, with The Two Popes and Marriage Story going against Parasite and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The Crown, The Kominsky Method and The Politician were nominated for top Golden Globes honors on the TV side. Unbelievable, The Spy, Dead to Me, Russian Doll and Living With Yourself were all nominated in other various categories. Netflix is competing with the likes of HBO and Amazon, amongst others, in the various TV categories. HBO, for years, thanks to shows like Game of Thrones and, in years past, The Sopranos, was seen as the cream of the crop on the small screen. The tide certainly appears to be shifting.
Last year, Netflix earned 16 total nominations, so the fact that they've more than doubled that number this year is telling. This is also important because the Golden Globes can often be a predictor of what's to come at the Academy Awards. Does this mean Netflix will similarly dominate at the Oscars? Could this be the year they finally take home the Best Picture prize? They got close last year with Roma. With no clear frontrunner at this point, it certainly seems plausible. The 77th annual Golden Globes telecast is set for January 5 on NBC, with Ricky Gervais hosting.