Last night’s 2016 Golden Globe awards were full of surprises, and those surprises were not just limited to Leonardo DiCaprio’s reaction to Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais’ Mel Gibson jokes, or Tom Hanks’ impression of Denzel.
The biggest surprises of the night were actually the winners in most of the television categories. In fact, it often felt like the Hollywood Foreign Press chose the winners they thought would be the most surprised by their win, as though hoping for a great speech from an astonished winner. The Golden Globes have always gravitated toward the new and exciting (like Rachel Bloom’s deserving win for My Ex-Girlfriend) and the popular over the deserving (see Lady Gaga for American Horror Story).
However, the most surprising winner of the night was Mozart in the Jungle, which not only took home the Golden Globe for Best Comedy, Gael García Bernal also took home the Best Actor in a Comedy trophy, beating out the likes of Jeffrey Tambor, Aziz Ansari, and thespian Patrick Stewart.
What’s most surprising to me about Mozart in the Jungles’ wins is that it’s not a low-rated, but provocative show like Mr. Robot or a low-rated, but edgy musical comedy like My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The thing about Mozart in the Jungle is that it is the most conservative series in the comedy category.
I am one of the few who has actually watched Mozart in the Jungle, and I like it. A lot. It’s frothy and fun, and an absolute pleasure to watch, but best comedy of the year it is not. It does not have the intelligence of Transparent, the depth of Orange is the New Black, the dark themes and emotional resonance of Casual, the satirical brilliance of Veep or the relevance and comedic sophistication of Silicon Valley.