FX is closing its chapter as a 21st Century Fox network on a high note, edging awards juggernauts HBO and Netflix to top the list of networks for the first time with most Golden Globes nominations, 10. It was a very tight race, reflecting the increased competition, with HBO and Amazon’s Prime Video tied for second with 9 noms a piece and Netflix right behind in fourth with 8, followed by Showtime (6).
It is only the second time in the past 19 years that HBO has not finished as the most nominated series. The premium cable network, which has been leading the field since 2000 when it took over on the strength of its game-changing hits The Sopranos and Sex and the City, was previously edged by Netflix (8 to 7 noms) three years ago. HBO was back to its dominant self last year, leading with 14 noms, five more than the No. 2 network, this year’s leader FX (9).
The top finish today does mark an end of an era for FX in other ways too. Three of the 10 nominations came for the basic cable network’s acclaimed drama series The Americans, the most nominated program this year, which ended its run. Four were for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, from Ryan Murphy who recently left his longtime Fox TV studio home to head to Netflix and has been busy working on his first two series there. There is no new installment greenlighted of Murphy’s ACS or Feud, which have boosted FX’s Golden Globes nominations tallies the last couple of years.
FX, which will be joining Disney in the coming months as part of a $71.3 billion deal, has been planning for a future where it relies less heavily on its MVP Murphy, who has four active franchises on the network, the long-running American Horror Story, fellow anthologies American Crime Story and Feud as well as drama series Pose, which has been renewed for a second season. Pose made an encouraging entry into the awards circles this morning with two noms, including best drama series.
FX’s top finish was matched by that for its leading suppliers, siblings Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., which raked in the most noms for a studio with 11 and 10 noms, respectively.
FX has two ambitious homegrown limited series in pre-production, Fosse/Verdon starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams and Shogun. And its Emmy-winning limited series Fargo is returning from hiatus for a new installment.
The accomplishments got the attention of Disney CEO Bob Iger, who mentioned the Fox nominations alongside the Disney nomd in his congratulatory tweet this morning.
HBO, which was paced by Bill Hader’s comedy breakout Barry and the Amy Adams-starring limited series Sharp Objects with three noms each, had its biggest series, Game Of Thrones, on the bench, and is gearing up for a big 2019 with GOT and Veep‘s final seasons and the returns of Big Little Lies and True Detective.
While Netflix has led the streaming pack in Golden Globes nominations since SVOD players entered the fray a few years ago, there was a new pecking order this year, with Prime Video squeaking past its rival to lead the digital players category. Prime Video’s 9 Golden Globe nominations — three each for 2018 big comedy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, freshman Homecoming starring Julia Roberts and limited series A Very English Scandal headlined by Hugh Grant — are the most ever for Amazon’s SVOD service. Both Roberts and Grant are long-time HFPA favorites on the feature side with a slew of nominations and have won before.
Netflix’s top performer was Chuck Lorre’s new comedy The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin with three noms, including best comedy series. This may be the most Golden Globes noms for Lorre in a single year ever — his CBS hit Big Bang Theory had received at most two noms at a time, most recently in 2014. It has won one, for star Jim Parsons in 2011. Lorre’s previous comedy to win a best series Globe was Cybill in 1996.
Like HBO, Netflix did not have its top Golden Globe contenders, Stranger Things and The Crown, eligible this year while one-time awards heavyweight House Of Cards failed to get nominations for its final season.
For a second year in a row, only two broadcast networks landed Golden Globe noms. Last year it was NBC and ABC. With ABC’s Black-ish shut out this time, it’s NBC, recognized for comedies The Good Place, which got its first ever Globe noms — three of them — and Will & Grace, and CBS, which landed one nom for Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen. The veteran actress was the sole representative of broadcast TV’s freshman fall 2018 class though that comes with an asterisk as Bergen already had received eight nominations for Murphy Brown‘s original run, winning once.
However, NBC’s flagship drama This Is Us, which returned broadcast drama to best drama series field the last two years, landing three noms each time and winning for star Sterling K. Brown in January, was snubbed.
As usual, the HFPA stepped up to recognize new shows (Barry, The Kominsky Method, Homecoming) while also going for big stars in the acting categories, including Oscar winners Julia Roberts, Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Versace‘s Penelope Cruz and Patricia Arquette from Showtime’s limited series Escape at Dannemora, Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Candice Bergen, Benedict Cumberbatch (Showtime’s Patrick Melrose) and Laura Dern (HBO’s The Tale), as well as Jim Carrey, Hugh Grant, Antonio Banderas (Nat Geo’s Genius: Picasso) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Showtime’s Who Is America?).