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Netflix, Amazon Tread Water in Golden Globe Nominations

The ascent of the streaming networks at the Golden Globes has hit a speed bump. After last year’s record showing, things cooled off for top rivals Netflix and Amazon on the TV side.

With only five nominations this year, Netflix hit its lowest TV noms tally to date since entering the race just three years ago. It has its two buzziest new shows to thank for all five noms: “The Crown” was nominated for drama series, actress (Claire Foy), and supporting actor (John Lithgow), while “Stranger Things” will also compete in drama series and actress (Winona Ryder).

Amazon also landed five noms this year, even with its performance last year, but both outlets had far more series in consideration this year. Amazon earned repeat noms in the comedy series and actor categories with “Mozart and the Jungle” and “Transparent” (and their stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Tambor). Billy Bob Thornton is in contention for lead actor in a drama series for the legal drama “Goliath.”

Among the significant series shut out by the Golden Globes are Netflix’s “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Get Down,” and “Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life.” Amazon failed to land any nods for “The Man in the High Castle,” Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes,” “One Mississippi,” “Catastrophe,” and “Fleabag.”

Fellow streamer Hulu was completely left out of the running this year after landing its debut nom last year for comedy “Casual.” That series was eligible again this year, along with new dramas “Chance” and “The Path.”

Things are a little different on the film side where Amazon has bragging rights to one of the year’s top nominees — “Manchester By the Sea” has five nominations — and also landed a nom for “The Salesman” in the foreign language film category, where Netflix picked up its lone film nomination for “Divines.”

Netflix landed its first Globe attention just three years ago, when “House of Cards” picked up four nominations for its freshman season and “Arrested Development” and “Orange Is the New Black” scored one acting nom apiece.

Last year the love for Netflix was spread across six different series: “Bloodline,” “Grace and Frankie,” “House of Cards,” and “Master of None” each received an acting nom, while “Orange” and “Narcos” also each landed a single acting nod, plus recognition in their respective series categories. (Netflix also landed an acting nom on the film side for Idris Elba’s turn in “Beasts of No Nation,” which would go on to win a SAG award but miss out on an Oscar nom.)

None of those series cracked the nominees list this year (all except “Master of None,” which won’t return for a second season until 2017, were eligible).

However, no Netflix series took home a Globe in any category last January. Meanwhile, Amazon repeated its feat of winning Globes for comedy series and comedy series actor for the second consecutive year. In January those honors went to “Mozart” and Bernal. In 2015 the Globes went to “Transparent” and Tambor.

To date no Netflix series has won an outstanding series Golden Globe. And no streaming series has won top series honors from the Emmys.

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