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2021 Golden Globes

Borat scores a best picture Golden Globe, the 1st for a streaming film

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Sunday won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. It was released by Amazon Studios, making this the first time in history either of the top two best picture Golden Globes went to a streaming service's film.

This was, of course, a highly unusual year in which streaming movies were primed to win big, as theaters closed and many studios postponed their releases. In the Best Motion Picture — Drama category, in fact, Netflix had not one but two films in contention at Sunday's show, with Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7. Plus, pundits thought Borat's biggest competition for this best picture prize was Hamilton, which Disney released on streaming during the pandemic, though the original intent was for it to be a theatrical release.

While a streamer hadn't previously won the Golden Globe for best drama or best musical or comedy film, Netflix did win Best Foreign Language Film in 2019 for Roma. The question still remains, though, which streaming service will finally snag Best Picture at the Oscars, a feat none has achieved — at least, not yet.