Is HBO Slipping in Award Nominations?


After The Golden Globes nominations, HBO’s award show reign may actually be over.

There was a time, and it wasn’t all too long ago, that HBO would consistently dominate award show nominations. In fact, you only need to go back to the 2015 Golden Globe’s to see what I’m talking about. For the 2015 ceremony, HBO racked in an insane 15 nominations, more than any other network. This year, however, things are different.

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Netflix was able to beat out HBO for the 2016 Golden Globes, but not by a landslide. Netflix grabbed eight, while HBO only received seven. The bigger worry here is the fact that HBO dropped from 15 all the way down to seven. That’s a steep decline, and not one to be ignored.

Part of the reason for HBO’s trouble is the simple fact that the competition is tighter. Both Amazon and Netflix are presenting worthy contenders, and Netflix has Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of no Nation on its side. Now that Netflix is in the movie game along with HBO, it’s likely that HBO’s days of dominating are over.

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While some of HBO’s most popular series received nominations, including Game of Thrones and Veep, other worthy shows such as The Leftovers were snubbed. Granted, The Leftovers only recently wrapped up its second season, but the critical reaction has been overwhelming. By not scoring at least a single  nomination, it becomes an unfortunate missed opportunity.

It’s still possible that HBO will stand tall when all is said and done and crush both the SAG’s and The Golden Globes, but the opposite is also just as, if not more, as likely. The competition is fierce and worthy of recognition.

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HBO is going to have to step it up.