The 74th annual Golden Globes have officially come to an end, and it was a night filled with all manner of surprises and snubs. Netflix had an especially strong evening on the TV side as it won the top prize in two major categories. New series The Crown is the big winner for Best TV Drama, and The Crown leading lady Claire Foy took home the top prize for Best Actress in a TV Drama.
The Crown's win for Best TV Drama is the first time that Netflix has come out on top in that particular category. The streaming giant scored nominations for Best Drama in years past with House of Cards and Narcos, and Stranger Things was in the running this year, too, but The Crown took the...crown. The series all about the life of Queen Elizabeth II wasn't cheap for Netflix to produce, and it's clear that the investment paid off.
The win in the Best Drama category is even more remarkable for Netflix considering the competition. The other nominees for Best Drama were the aforementioned Stranger Things, NBC's This Is Us, HBO's Game of Thrones, and HBO's Westworld. There's been enough buzz around these other series - to the extent that even George R.R. Martin believed that his show would likely lose to Westworld - that The Crown was far from a sure thing.
Netflix had scored a win with a leading lady in the Best Actress category in years past thanks to Robin Wright's performance in House of Cards Season 1. Wright was nominated two more times, and both Taylor Schilling of Orange is the New Black and Winona Ryder of Strange Things have been in the running in the years since. Claire Foy's victory is the first time that a Netflix performer has won Best Actress since 2013. And the two wins basically shut HBO out of the competition.
Luckily, The Crown fans will get the chance to see more of Claire Foy in action as Queen Elizabeth II. A second season of the series has already been ordered, and new episodes are expected to hit Netflix at some point by the end of the year. If we - and Netflix - are lucky, Season 2 will be as stellar as Season 1 and perhaps garner more awards attention for the series. The Crown also landed a nomination for John Lithgow as Winston Churchill in the Best Supporting Actor category, but he lost to Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager. Who knows? Maybe Lithgow will fare better at the 75th annual Golden Globes.