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Amazon, Netflix Crash the Golden Globes Party

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This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine

.com and Inc. both underscored their coming-of-age as providers of original content, with high-profile wins at the annual ceremony Sunday.

Amazon’s “Transparent”, a comedy-drama series about a transgender father, won the award for the Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, the first time the e-commerce giant’s in-house studio had competed and won against the big guns of since its creation in 2010.

Jeffrey Tambor, who plays the series’ main character Morton (later Maura) Pfefferman, also won a Globe for best performance in a TV comedy series.

Meanwhile, Netflix also chipped away at the dominance of the Hollywood establishment as walked away with the award for best performance in a TV drama for his role as the scheming Francis Underwood in the political series ‘House of Cards’.

The Golden Globes traditionally are a good foretaste of how the pan out. If the form of recent years repeats itself, then the Oscars too could be in for a shock this year. The award for best film was taken by Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’, produced by the relatively low-profile IFC films, an offshoot of New York-based AMC Networks Inc.

Meanwhile, the best foreign film award went to Andrey Zvagintsev’s ‘Leviathan’, a movie that is scathingly critical about the state of contemporary Russia. Somewhat surprisingly for western critics, the film was backed by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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