It was all but inevitable. Original shows from two online video streaming services, Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, are competing for the best musical or comedy at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards.
Yes, streaming services, once seen only as a way of running old or existing shows on demand, are now producing award-worthy television content themselves—so much so that two of them are going head-to-head for a major honor. It’s yet another sign that the cord cutter revolution is changing the world of TV. No doubt about it: We don’t need television to get good television.
This isn’t the first time an online streaming service has been nominated for such an award. Netflix recently received 14 Emmy nominations for House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove, and David Fincher won a best-director-in-a-drama statue for his House of Cards work. Before that, Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a drama, again for House of Cards. But this is the next step up the ladder.
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