So one of the bigger stories to come out of the Golden Globes was the wins by “Mozart in the Jungle,” which picked up both best TV series (musical or comedy) and a best actor in a musical or comedy nod for Gael García Bernal
It is a program a lot of folks on social media claimed to not have seen or even heard of. Which points to the increasing diversity of venues for television programs.
“Mozart in the Jungle” is on Amazon Video, which is only available on Amazon’s streaming video service. (However, it is streaming for free from midnight Eastern time on Friday until 11:59 p.m. local time on Sunday night.)
Streaming actually owned the musical or comedy category. “Mozart” joined its Amazon-based sibling “Transparent, “Casual,” which is only available on the Hulu streaming service, the ground-breaking Netflix streaming show “Orange Is the New Black,” and two HBO shows (“Silicon Valley” and “Veep”).
Over on the drama side, networks and cable still dominated the nominees: “Empire” is on Fox, “Game of Thrones” reigns over HBO, the time-travel romance “Outlander” is on Starz, and the winner, “Mr. Robot,” is on USA. Only “Narcos” is on Netflix.
As for best TV limited series, only ABC’s “American Crime” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” are on broadcast networks. The rest were on cable: “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “Fargo” on FX, while “Flesh and Bone” is on Starz.
Jon Hamm won best performance by an actor in a television drama for AMC’s “Mad Men,” which is off the air but can be found on DVDs or streaming services.
Other nominees included Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot,” Wagner Moura for “Narcos,” Bob Odenkirk for AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Liev Schreiber for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”
Cable and streaming also dominated the best actor (musical or comedy) category. Aziz Ansari stars in the Netflix show “Master of None,” Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” and Patrick Stewart in the Starz show “Blunt Talk.” Only Rob Lowe represented the networks for starring in Fox’s “The Grinder”
Oscar “Poe Dameron” Isaac won best actor in a leading role in TV movie or limited series for the HBO mini “Show Me a Hero.” Idris Elba was nominated for the BBC show “Luther,” David Oyelowo for the HBO movie “Nightingale,” Mark “Rudolf Abel” Rylance for “Wolf Hall” and Patrick Wilson for “Fargo.”
The “I REALLY have no idea what that show is” goes to the Netlifx streamer “Bloodline,” whose Ben Mendelson was nominated for best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie. He lost to Christian Slater playing a dad in “Mr. Robot,” as did Alan Cumming for CBS’s “The Good Wife,” Damian Lewis in “Wolf Hall” and Tobias Menzies in “Outlander.”
Nobody was mad to see Taraji P. Henson win best actress in a drama for “Empire;” she beat Caitriona Balfe as the lead in “Outlander,” Viola Davis in ABC’s increasingly bonkers “How to Get Away With Murder,” Eva Green on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” and Robin Wright on Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Maura Tierney picked up best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie for HBO’s “The Affair,” which some people remain convinced is really good. She beat Uzo Aduba in “Orange Is the New Black,” Joanna Froggatt on PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” Regina King in “American Crime” and Judith Light, who is amazing on “Transparent.”
Lead actress went to Lady Gaga (which Leo found amusing) for her role on “American Horror Story: Hotel”; she beat Queen Latifah in the title role of HBO’s movie “Bessie,” Felicity Huffman in “American Crime” and Sarah Hay on Starz’s “Flesh and Bone.”
Rachel Bloom took best actress in a TV musical or comedy for the CW’s underseen “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” winning over Jamie Lee Curtis in Fox’s “Scream Queens,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s “Veep,” Gina Rodriguez for the amazing CW series “Jane the Virgin” and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”