The 5 award-winning TV series at the Golden Globes 2017
This year, the Golden Globes ceremony managed to give room for blockbusters but also art-house tv shows. Zoom on the award-winners who marked the year 2016.
THE CROWN (Netflix)
Crowned with the prize for best drama series (and the best actress in a drama series award for Claire Foy), Netflix must be delighted to have invested a hundred million dollars in The Crown making it one of the most expensive series of short episodes ever. Adapted by its author Peter Morgan (a film writer on The Queen in 2006) from his own play The Audience, the first season is all about the post-war years of Queen Elizabeth II starting with her marriage in 1947. It focuses on her relationship with husband Philip and Winston Churchill, but also the pressure of such power being bestowed upon someone with no experience – she was crowned in 1953 at the age of 27. The young British actress Claire Foy was chosen to embody the woman the world knows today for matching hats. And it looks likely she’ll be wearing the queen’s clothes for a little while to come with six seasons in the pipeline – sixty episodes in total – which should bring us up to current times with a bit of help from the cosmetic and prosthetics department. Stephen Daldry, who directed Billy Elliot, is also in charge of the series.
The best comedy-drama and musical series, with the award for best comedian going to Donald Glover, Atlanta is above all a city that symbolises social struggles in the USA. Crucible of the civil rights movement and home town of Martin Luther King, Atlanta is a major symbol in the social struggles of the United States. Today it’s also the epicentre of an anti-establishment and eclectic hip-hop scene, from Abra and Iggy Azalea to rapper Young Thug. With this powerful identity it was the perfect choice for Donald Glover – better known by his stage name, Childish Gambino – for his very first production which has us following the daily life of two cousins, Earnest “Earn” Marks and Alfred “Paper Boi”, striving to make their mark on the local rap scene, along with the accompanying highs and lows. What follows is a series of questions deeper than their thirst for fame, as they query their identity beyond the systematic clichés of black rapper/bad boy the mainstream is so keen to reduce them to. After four years of playing in Community and appearances in 30 Rock, Donald Glover is now taking his first incredibly successful steps as director, but also auteur, actor and even producer of his own series. Semi-autobiographical, Atlanta follows in the wake of Insecure also about the often confusing daily existence of young Afro-Americans today. Glover’s comic vein is more subtle than ever with just the right dose of melancholia. His 10 thirty-minute episodes, all touching and humorous, are just perfect
THE PEOPLE VS O.J SIMPSON : AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
The first series created by film writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, The People VS O.J Simpson: American Crime Story is marked by stunning performances by Sarah Paulson, a lady busy scooping up prizes for best actress in a mini-series. The show also won a place in the best TV film / mini-series category just after being showered with accolades at the Emmy Awards in the shape of 5 statuettes. With this first season focusing on the OJ Simpson case, which had America on the edge of its seat from June 12th 1994 to October 3rd 1995, the program seduces with its razor sharp writing. From the early suspicions to the ultra-mediatised court case of the American football player and the legendary car chase down route 405, every step of the story is perfectly documented and directed. As for Paulson, her impassioned interpretation of prosecutor Marcia Clarck, utterly convinced of OJ’s guilt almost overshadows Cuba Gooding Jr. who stars in the title role. The People VS O.J Simpson marks the beginning of a fresco on crime in recent US history, to be closely followed by an intrigue on the subject of Hurricane Katrina for season 2, coming later this year.
It would be something of an understatement to say that David E.Kelley has nailed the judicial genre: to him we owe not only the cult Ally McBeal but also Boston Justice and The Practice, as well as many others. The latest offering from Amazon, Goliath, follows in this well-established vein and works a treat thanks to the nuances of Billy Bob Thornton, who won prize for best actor in a drama series. He plays the role of Billy McBride, a lawyer with a dull career and a leaning towards alcoholism, who is entrusted with an affair that touches him personally. This unexpected combat brings him up against the law firm he himself co-founded and that bears his name, developing over the season in an ambiance much inspired by the 1990s.
The only winner that isn’t a young premier, because it’s already got three seasons under its belt, Black-ish saw Tracy Ellis Ross awarded the prize for best actress in a comedy series. First appearing on our screens in 2014, the series follows the daily life of an Afro-American family living in an upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood as they humorously question their identity. Yet in spite of its mainstream comedy airs with little substance, Black-ish has succeeded in intelligently raising vital questions on the American Dream of Obama. Confronted with a reality that’s often less than idyllic where stereotypes are always very present, the father of the family, Andre “Dre” Johnson seeks to encourage his children to question their identity with results that swing between funny situations and an awareness with rare accuracy.