Online-only Shows Win Big at Golden Globes

By January 12, 2015

Last night, the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards took place on NBC, honoring the previous year’s achievements in the mediums of film and television. While many of the television series that took awards home had first emanated from various TV networks, some shows made waves by taking home major awards after appearing first in an online-only format.

Netflix and Amazon were the two organizations whose shows made the biggest waves. For his portrayal of Congressman/President Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey took home his first-ever Golden Globe in the “Best Actor in a Drama Series” field. Also from Netflix, Maggie Gyllenhaal won the award for “Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film” for her work on the streaming service’s “The Honorable Woman.”

The series that likely made the biggest waves at the show, especially since it premiered in an online-only environment, was Amazon’s “Transparent,” giving the online shopping company-turned-studio their first major seat at the table of the awards ceremony. Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgendered woman struggling to come out to his family, was honored with the “Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy Series.” In accepting his award, Tambor expressed his gratitude toward the real people in the community his character belongs to. “I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

Perhaps the more notable win for “Transparent” came later in the night, though, when it became the first online-only series to win a “Best Series” award, this one in the field of musical or comedy. Still, it beat out other prominent online-only series like Netflix offerings “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” to become the first streaming series to gain the honor. All in all, the night proved to be more eventful than usual for an awards show, with “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway putting her series’ honor in the proper context by telling Variety on the red carpet that, “The content of the show is transformative.” It would seem that it’s certainly being recognized that way.

Photo: Variety

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.