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Amazon Streams to Globes Victory with “Transparent”

Original publish date: January 14, 2015

Jeffrey Tambor Transparent Amazon screenshotIt’s no secret that television has been giving features a run for their money in recent years in terms of critical praise and bragging rights. The 2015 Golden Globes proved to be truly groundbreaking in a whole new way though, as two of the biggest television awards were given for a show that has never seen a traditional airwave.

Amazon Studios chalked up the first major streaming crossover win with Transparent, which took home Winner of Best Comedy and Musical Series and Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Jeffrey Tambor. While streaming stalwarts like Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black have struck Globe gold before for performances (indeed, Kevin Spacey won for Best Actor in a Drama Sunday night as well), none has taken one of the coveted “Best Series” awards until now.

What makes Transparent a double winner is its boundary-pushing subject matter, opening the door wider for communities that aren’t always represented in Hollywood. Tambor stresses that fact as he tells journalists, “This is about changing lives.”

Kudos to our friends at Amazon for taking a leap not only in becoming a front runner in the world of original programming, streaming or otherwise, but on taking a chance with the choosing of atypical topics… which paid off Sunday night in a big way.

Read more about the Transparent wins and the streaming revolution at NPR.

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