Pop CultureJanuary 14, 2016

Inside the Lightbox – Your Guide to the Golden Globe Favourites


Inside the Lightbox is a sponsored post where we mine the extensive Lightbox catalogue for shows you might like to watch. This week we line up some of the shining stars from the 73rd Golden Globe awards, including Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent and Mr Robot


Mozart in the Jungle

Mozart in the Jungle is a charming little comedy set amongst the jaded bright young things of the New York classical scene.” This year, it has come away with the Golden Globe for Best television series, musical or comedy and best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy for lead actor Gael Garcia Bernel.

Season two has arrived to Lightbox this month, read Duncan Greive’s quick review of the series:

“It’s almost over-laden with famous names: developed by Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman; starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) and mostly directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie). The show starts a little unevenly – the characters veer into caricature too often, and it can feel a little too safe at times – but it grows into something extremely engaging, with excellent performances and an easygoing approachability which feels rare and refreshing in an era where so much comedy is embracing darkness a little too enthusiastically.”

Wolf Hall

Winning best television limited series or motion picture made for television and nominated for Mark Rylance’s performance as Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall is a slow-burning, exceptionally performed Tudor drama that can stand up against any fast-paced gritty antiheroes of the modern era. Read Tara Ward’s review:

“Adapted from the award-winning historical novels by Hilary Mantel, the plot is clever and the intrigue complex. The show relies on powerful dialogue and stellar dramatic performances to progress the plot, rather than fast-paced action sequences. The sombre atmosphere of candlelight and shadow compliments Wolf Hall’s slow, considered pace. There’s no gratuitous sex or violence. In fact, it’s not until episode four that the main character raises his voice.”

Mr Robot

Mr Robot didn’t need to hack the ceremony this year, taking away both the award for best drama and best supporting actor for Christian Slater’s scarf-laden performance as the titular head anarchist. Read more from Aaron Yap on Mr Robot, one of those most thrilling additions to the 2015 telescape:

It’s a story about our collective enslavement to social media and capitalist systems. It’s a story about challenging notions of normalcy. It’s a story about a son haunted by the death of his father. It’s a story about the underdog rising up to the untouchable one percenters. In effect, it’s the true 21st century superhero saga that we need more than anything from the Marvel stable.”

Mad Men

What? What did you expect was going to happen in the Best Actor category? Jon Hamm took home the golden trinket for his outstanding performance as ad man and serial womanizer Don Draper. Click here for a comic strip from Jose Barbosa about Mad Men’s matchless brand of melancholy.



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Both Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light were nominated for their performances in Transparent, a dark and revelatory comedy about a family in transition. Click here to watch both seasons, exclusively in New Zealand on Lightbox.

Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone

Sarah Hay was nominated for her performance in Flesh and Bone as Claire, the troubled ballerina trying to find her (very sore) feet in the high-pressure hellscape of professional ballet. 


Outlander 2014

Both Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies were nominated for their performances in Outlander, a cult series that blends time travel, Scotland, romance, fantasy, gore and sex together like nothing else on television.

The Good Wife


The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming was in the running for his performance as political campaigner Eli Gold, described by Aaron Hawkins as an “irresistible chameleon, the impish and brilliant political campaigner” of the series.

“Drunken Mess”

Have a squizz at what The Spinoff utility player José Barbosa thought of the whole ceremony. Warning: contains 90s masturbation and Cher.

Click below to watch Golden Globe favourites Mr Robot, Wolf Hall, Mozart in the Jungle (not to mention host Ricky Gervais in The Office) on Lightbox today


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