“Enjoy it while it lasts, Netflix! You’re not going to be feeling so smug in a couple of years when Snapchat is up here accepting Best Drama.” Golden Globes host Amy Poehler said those iconic words at the 2014 ceremony, when Netflix was enjoying its breakout year including four noms for “House of Cards” — Best Drama Series, Best TV Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best TV Drama Actress (Robin Wright, who won) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Corey Stoll) — and Best TV Drama Actress for Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”). While Snapchat has yet to enter the race, Netflix is still without a series win at the Golden Globes, but that could all change this year thanks to its new British royalty drama “The Crown.”
“The Crown” is Netflix’s most ambitious production to date costing $125 million. It tells the story of the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and has a pedigree that’s hard to ignore. All 10 episodes for Season 1 were written by Peter Morgan, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated at the Oscars for his Original Screenplay “The Queen” (2006) and received another Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for his Adapted Screenplay “Frost/Nixon” (2008). Morgan is an expert in portraying Her Majesty, having also penned the original play “The Audience.”
The Critics’ Choice Awards showered “The Crown” with nominations for Best Drama Series (losing out to “Game of Thrones”) and Best Drama Guest Performer for Jared Harris‘s portrayal of King George VI (losing out to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “The Walking Dead”). John Lithgow, meanwhile, took on the huge challenge of playing Winston Churchill and won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor.
Last Monday proved to also be a good day for “The Crown” as the show scored three Golden Globe nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Lithgow). According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, “The Crown” should win Best Drama Series with odds of 8/11. Foy, best known for playing another Queen, Anne Boleyn in “Wolf Hall,” is also currently predicted to win for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II with odds of 4/7. Lithgow, a two-time past Globe winner for “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1997) and “Dexter” (2010), is also the frontrunner to win with odds of 4/5.
On Wednesday, Netflix continued its awards hot streak earning three SAG Award nominations: Best Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actress (Foy), and Best Drama Actor (Lithgow). It is typical for SAG to snub most new shows, but “The Crown” has debuted strong. According to Gold Derby’s SAG odds, “The Crown” is in third place to win Best Drama Ensemble with 13/5 odds, behind all-time Emmy winning champ “Game of Thrones” which is hoping their fifth nomination proves the charm, and “Downton Abbey” in second place hoping to join “ER” as the only Ensemble to win four times.
Foy currently is expected to be crowned by her fellow actors as she sits in first place with SAG odds of 19/10, but she faces stiff competition from newcomer Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and the only returning nominee, Robin Wright (“House of Card”). She’ll also need to watch out for the “Stranger Things” twosome of Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown.
Lithgow is a past SAG winner (“3rd Rock from the Sun,” 1996-1997) and contended three times as part of the Ensemble (1996-1998), and now he’s in second place with odds of 7/4. To win, he’ll have to hold off recent Emmy winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and two-time reigning SAG champ Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”). If Lithgow should win he will be the first Supporting Actor to prevail for Drama Actor and the first to win on both the Comedy and Drama sides.
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