"The rise of global streaming services has meant that American audiences have gradually grown more exposed to content that’s not, well, American," says Alison Herman. "Combine that with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—emphasis on the 'foreign'—as well as the monocultural ubiquity of Princess Diana and you have an unusually international slate of TV nominees. (Plus Emily in Paris, the biggest L for America of all. A clueless amateur influencer is truly the ambassador we deserve.) The Crown is British. So is Small Axe, its unofficial companion. Schitt’s Creek is Canadian. Normal People is Irish. Ted Lasso is set in the U.K. The Undoing features the most unbelievable American accent put to film. And Unorthodox, a strong performer in the Limited Series category, is largely set in Germany, performed in languages other than English. The film categories, too, feature some of this cross-pollination: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm once again sees a Brit expose the dark underbelly of his adopted homeland, while Minari was bizarrely counted as a Foreign Language film and therefore ineligible for Best Picture. Maybe the takeaway is less America’s relative weakness than the increasingly blurry definition of what’s American and what’s not."
The Globes nominations revealed that TV delivered the blockbusters — and many of the conversation pieces — of 2020: "Television was long considered the lower form of entertainment, but the COVID-19 pandemic and its stay-at-home rules hastened TV’s challenge to film as the more vibrant and resonant medium," says Lorraine Ali. "It took a decade or more of platform fragmentation and a boom of creative, daring and sometimes deeply flawed programming, but it’s safe to say that television is now the bolder, sexier, more glamorous medium than film. Just ask Nicole Kidman (nominated for The Undoing), Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America) and every other 'movie' star who’s made the jump. The flip has upended a generations-old hierarchy."
The Mandalorian is breaking genre barriers with its Golden Globe and WGA Awards nominations: "Since the first Star Wars movie (i.e. 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope) earned 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture, and four Golden Globe nominations, including for best drama, not a single Star Wars project has earned top nominations at the Globes or Oscars," says Adam B. Vary. "The unfairly decided conventional wisdom that Star Wars is commerce, not art, has for decades confined the franchise — and many more like it — just to awards for its superlative technical achievements."