The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for eccentric picks with its Golden Globe Awards, but Sunday’s batch of winners still managed to surprise many industry types. A random poll of attendees at the HBO and NBC post-Globes parties at the Beverly Hilton revealed several prediction sheets covered with X-outs.
USA Network walked out of the event with a glittering pair, a Globe for best drama for Mr. Robot, and Christian Slater taking best supporting actor in a drama for his role in that moody hacker series. Amazon too won a pair, with Mozart in the Jungle winning best comedy and its star, Gael Garcia Bernal, getting best actor in a comedy.
“The HFPA is always all over the place,” said one TV vet. “This time, even more so.”
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that many people will start catching up on Mozart today; Amazon stablemate Transparent was expected by many to repeat in that comedy race. Few interviewed in the casual poll were genuinely familiar with the series; one producer, who actually won in a different category on the night, said he’d read the book but never seen the series.
“My friends and I had to look it up,” said an HBO party attendee. “It was like, what’s that show?”
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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