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Netflix and Amazon Binged Wins at the Golden Globes

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from breakout trailers to box-office breakdowns. In today’s installment: Netflix and Amazon stay Golden at last night’s awards; Brad Bird embarks upon a new movie mission; and, for the third weekend in a row, audiences make a halibut of seeing Aquaman.

Netflix and Amazon Go Globe-Trotting

Streaming services were the big winners at last night’s 76th Golden Globe Awards: Netflix’s Roma earned a trophy for Best Foreign Language Film—as well one for director Alfonso Cuarón—while also picking up awards for such series as The Kominsky Method and Bodyguard (the latter of which was produced by the BBC, and released stateside by Netflix). Meanwhile, Amazon’s TV arm was honored with awards for A Very English Scandal (for costar Ben Whishaw) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (for lead actor Rachel Brosnahan). The night’s other victors included Olivia Colman (for The Favourite); The Americans; Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody; and, most crucially, anyone who didn’t stay up late to watch one of the draggier, more weirdly tone-drifting Globe ceremonies in memory (even the good speeches ran two minutes too long). You can find a complete list of winners here, or you can simply go to Twitter and search “Green Book” and gaze at all of today’s post-show disbelief.

Brad Bird Breaks Into Song

While walking the red carpet cattle chute last weekend, Incredibles 2 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird revealed his next film: An as-yet-unnamed original musical that will feature about 20 minutes of animation, and a score by frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille, The Incredibles). “I don’t know anything about musicals,” Bird told Variety. “So I figured I should do this, ’cause I’m deathly afraid of it.”

Nothing Can Put a Trident Into Aquaman

In its third straight weekend as the No. 1 movie at the box office in North America, Aquaman earned more than $30 million, enough to best such competing entries as Escape Room ($18 million) and and Mary Poppins Returns (nearly $16 million). Globally, the James Wan-directed superhero film is closing in on the billion-dollar mark, and it’s already the most successful DC Extended Universe film ever. However, the movie’s near-month-long victory lap has been a heartbreaker for journalists, who have exhausted every fish- and underwater-based pun imaginable while chronicling the film’s swimming success, and are now reduced to desperately Slacking editors with missives like, “WHAT ABOUT ‘MO’ MOMOA MONEY, NO MO’ MOMOA PROBLEMS?’ REALLY STRUGGLING HERE!” Anyway, that’s all we have for today. Fin.


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