I made it a point to watch the Golden Globes this year. I wanted to see what movies the Hollywood Foreign Press Association thought were the best movies I’ve never seen. I take that back I’ve watched How To Traing Your Dragon 2. But as far as winners go that’s the only movie I saw.
The Oscar’s will be worse. Did you see those nominations? I’ve officially seen zero of those Best Picture nominations. I need to get out.
Back to the Globes.
What peaked my interest was actually the TV awards. There is a noticeable shift happening in television. Something we’ve talked about numerous times on our podcast. I won’t break down the nominees but lets just take a look at the winners in the TV categories.
There were 11 award winners if you just look at television. The usual Best Actress in a Drama, Best Mini Series, Best Supporting Actor in Musical or Comedy, etc. I want to look at the Network attached to those series though.
Of the 11 awards only 3 of them went to mainstream cable TV. Those low channels on the dial that come with your typical Cable TV Package. Gina Rodriguez won for Best Actress in Musical or Comedy for her show Jane the Virgin on the CW. And then Best TV Mini Series and Best Actor in Mini Series went to Fargo (Billy Bob Thornton) which is on FX.
It ends there.
Then we have the Big Boys of Television (that line has a large booming voice with an echo in my head). HBO and Showtime. Who also only had 3 of the 11 awards. Showtime scored Best TV Series Drama and Best Actress Drama for The Affair (Ruth Wilson). HBO got Best Supporting Actor for their movie The Normal Heart (Matt Bomer).
Then there are those odd network shows. In this case it was SundanceTV and ITV. Didn’t know those were channels? Sundance TV took Best Actress in a Mini Series for The Honourable Woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal). And ITV is the network that gives you the show everyone knows someone who watches, Downton Abbey. Which won Best Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt).
So there are 2 of the 11. Bringing us to a total of 8 awards. Leaving the 3 awards that made me clap and cheer for the future of television (see: demise).
The Streaming Networks (that time the voice in my head had an angelic choir hymn in the background).
We’ve seen Netflix win before. And they did again. Best Actor in a Drama for House of Cards (Kevin Spacey). But new kid on the block stole it, as far as I’m concerned, with a show I’d never heard of.
Best TV Series Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in Musical or Comedy went to Transparent (Jeffrey Tambor). Which is brought to you by (where is that drum roll?) Amazon.
Yes Amazon and Netflix now rank as award winning streaming television services. Which gets me excited about the future of TV as we know it. If you didn’t hear the news even HBO is looking to be a streaming only service and not tied to cable TV packages. Where streaming services like Netflix and Hulu used to be just a way to watch something produced by someone else now we are getting really good new content only available on streaming. And guess what? Still get those TV shows and movies I like from Cable.
When you breakdown what I pay for Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime it comes to about $25 a month. I don’t know about you but thats a fourth of what my Cable TV bill is. So congratulations to Netflix and Amazon for putting themselves on the forefront and producing amazing content. I give Cable TV as we know it another decade at most unless they really figure out a way to change up the way they do business. And so does Reed Hasting the CEO of Netflix by the way.
But what’s even more exciting is what’s to come with places like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. If you want to stay in the forefront you’ve got to be on the cutting edge. Thanks to Reed Hasting I went from driving to a Blockbuster to checking my mail to streaming a movie directly on my TV all in the matter of a decade.
And even more recently Adam Sandler has signed a 4 film deal with Netflix. Amazon signed a deal with Woody Allen for his first ever TV series. And Netflix is bringing you the sequel to Crouching Tiger.
Now excuse me while I call my Cable company to cancel my TV….