If Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony proved anything, it's that everyone's a TV network and just about anyone can elbow their way into Hollywood royalty, provided they can invest hundreds of millions in content. Along with the pageantry and the jokes, the festivities contained three firsts that prove that the walls that once separated film, television and online content aren't just crumbling -- they've been ground into dust.
A TV Company Took Home the Top Movie Prize
IFC Films executive Jonathan Sehring, who produced of the winner of the Golden Globes top award, best movie in a drama, "Boyhood," went out of his way to thank IFC parent AMC for its help and support in making the film, which director Richard Linklater worked on for 12 years. Though IFC is not a newcomer in the film business, having distributed more than 500 films since its inception, this is the first time a film studio owned by a TV company has won the Golden Globes' most prestigious prize. "Boyhood's" win was the icing on quite a big cake for AMC, which had IFC in a three-way tie with Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics for most wins among movie studios.
The CW Finally Won a Golden Globe
The only TV network to take home hardware was the CW, which notched its first Golden Globe when Gina Rodriguez won for "Jane the Virgin." The network, best known for teenage fare like "Dawson’s Creek" (back when it was still known as the WB) and, more recently, "The Vampire Diaries," has enjoyed great critical acclaim for "Jane."
Last year, the TV networks bounced back at the Globes, with Fox's cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and NBC's critically adored "Parks & Recreation" both picking up awards; the major networks failed to win a single Golden Globe at the 2013 ceremony.
Top TV Awards Went to Streaming Video Providers
Amazon became the second streaming video provider to earn a Golden Globe this year when Jeffrey Tambor won a Best Actor award for his starring role in "Transparent," a show about a patriarch who decides to undergo a sex change. The move validates Amazon’s development strategy, which relies on audience feedback to pilots it posts online. Though it's a bit early to begin prognosticating for the 2015 awards season, it's fair to assume that Amazon is expecting to return to these awards ceremonies - the streaming provider has a star-studded array of shows in the pipes for the year.