Amazon wins 2 Golden Globes for series ‘Fleabag’; host Ricky Gervais rips Hollywood and big tech

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag” on Amazon Prime Video. (Amazon Photo)

Amazon continued its winning ways at major awards shows on Sunday night, taking home two Golden Globes for the comedy series “Fleabag.”

The show, which ran for two seasons on Prime Video, won Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy. It beat out “Barry” (HBO), “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) and “The Politician” (Netflix).

Creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge also won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for her title role on the show.

She thanked Amazon and BBC for picking up the series during her two acceptance speeches, after beating out fellow nominees Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”), Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”) and Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”).

“Fleabag’s” two wins in the TV category tied HBO’s “Chernobyl” and “Succession,” which also captured two each. HBO counts Seattle as a major tech center for the development of its HBO Max streaming service.

The Golden Globes were hosted by actor/comedian Ricky Gervais for the fifth time. As usual, he pulled no punches in going after those in attendance, their profession and more.

“No one cares about movies anymore. No one goes to the cinema. No one really watches network TV,” Gervais said. “Everyone’s watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out going, ‘Well done, Netflix, you win. Everything. Good night.’ But no. We’ve got to drag it out for three hours.”

Netflix dominated the field with 34 nominations across film and television, but came away with just two wins, and was denied for the most coveted prize of the night: Best Picture — Drama. The WWI drama “1917” beat out four other nominees, including three from Netflix: “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes.”

Elsewhere in the streaming battle, Hulu took home two awards.

On a night when stars did not shy from making political statements from the stage, Gervais got in another shot at big tech and Hollywood.

“Apple rolled into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said after the camera cut to Apple CEO Tim Cook in the audience. “Well you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney … if ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent.”

Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen also got in a dig at a tech big-shot when he called out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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