1917 triumphs at the Golden Globes as Netflix finishes with only 2 wins


Another year, another shock pick for the Golden Globes' top prize.

1917 on Sunday took the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, triumphing over the favorite, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. Marriage Story, another Netflix film, was also a strong contender, while other critics predicted a win for Joker.

But 1917 swept in for the top prize instead after its director, Sam Mendes, also shocked with a win in the directing category. Netflix hoped to score its first win in one of the best picture categories at the Golden Globes after not one but four of its films were in contention.

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Instead, the streaming service ended up walking away from the show with only two wins, with Laura Dern winning the best supporting actress prize for her performance in Marriage Story and Olivia Colman winning for her leading performance on The Crown. But The Irishman, the Scorsese epic hailed as one of the year's best films, was shut out. Eddie Murphy also didn't win for his performance in Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name, as pundits expected.

"This could have been a much better night for Netflix given the number of titles, especially on the film side, that were nominated," The Hollywood Reporter's Natalie Jarvey notes.

Ironically, the evening started with Ricky Gervais joking about the inevitability of Netflix dominating the night, with the comedian quipping, "This show should just be me coming out going: 'Well done, Netflix. You win everything, good night.'" As it turns out, they sure don't.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.