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HBO, Sony Pictures most gilded at Golden Globes

HBO (US) and Sony Pictures led the way at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, marking a victory for traditional networks and studios over the growing field of streaming services.

AT&T Inc.'s premium cable network and Sony Corp.'s film studio garnered four and three awards, respectively, while Netflix Inc., which had led with 34 nominations overall, was shut out of the top TV and film categories. Including acting awards, Netflix, Inc.'s Prime Video and The Walt Disney Co.'s Hulu LLC claimed two Globes apiece.

Looking at the winners, HBO — which will become the centerpiece of the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max when it launches in May — scored four Golden Globes at the Jan. 5 ceremony, the most for any single programmer.

With 15 nominations overall, HBO earned best drama series honors for "Succession," with Brian Cox capturing the best actor award for his portrayal of the dysfunctional media family patriarch, Logan Roy.

"Chernobyl," which dramatized the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster, was awarded the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's honor for best limited series or motion picture made for television, while Stellan Skarsgård was lauded as the top actor.

Sony Pictures tallied the most wins for any single project, as the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" won the award for best musical or comedy, Brad Pitt won best supporting actor, and Quentin Tarantino won for best screenplay.

Netflix had hoped to take home a best picture win for one of its three nominated films — "Marriage Story," "The Two Popes" and Martin Scorsese's latest mob epic, "The Irishman." Although the latter had five nominations overall, it came away from the ceremony empty-handed. Instead, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures' "1917" was the top theatrical drama. Sam Mendes earned best director honors for steering the story about The Great War.

Netflix service was not the only one to face disappointment. Michelle Williams' win for FX (US)'s "Fossee/Verdon" as best actress in a limited series or telefilm was basic cable's only triumph at the 77th Globes ceremony. The broadcast industry did not have a single nomination.

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Apple Inc.'s first Globes foray scored best drama nods for its fledgling Apple TV+ service's "The Morning Show," though the series' stars did not end up winning any awards.

ViacomCBS Inc.'s premium network Showtime (US) grabbed a Globe for Russell Crowe's meaty turn as FOX News Channel (US)'s late leader Roger Ailes in "The Loudest Voice."

On the theatrical film side, Joaquin Phoenix was the best actor for Warner Bros.' "The Joker," and Renee Zellweger was applauded as top actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Roadside Attractions' "Judy." Awkwafina became the first Asian-American to win the Globe for an actress in musical or comedy in A24 's "The Farewell."

Coming on the heels of the success enjoyed by 2019's best drama "Bohemian Rhapsody," ViacomCBS' Paramount Pictures collected two Globes for its biopic of Elton John, "Rocketman." Taron Egerton was the best actor in a musical or comedy for his portrayal of the singer, and "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" was the top original song.

In what had to be a disappointment for Disney — which had three nominees with "The Lion King," "Frozen 2" and "Toy Story 4" — the stop-motion film "Missing Link" was named the best animated film, also besting Universal's "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" in the process. Produced by Laika, "Missing Link" was distributed by Annapurna Pictures.

Check out the complete list of Golden Globe Award nominees and winners here.

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