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‘The Crown’ Makes a Golden Globes Power Play

Netflix is repositioning some of its actors at the Golden Globes, and the moves suggest a well-earned confidence.

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince

Netflix appears more confident in “The Crown” than ever as the streamer positions its players to compete at the Golden Globes, with several category adjustments suggesting high hopes for the prestige drama series.

Shortly before Christmas, Gold Derby reported that Netflix had adjusted the categories for several of its actors, some more surprising than others. Tobias Menzies has portrayed Prince Philip in the third and fourth seasons of “The Crown” and garnered a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his efforts at last year’s Golden Globes, but will find himself competing in the Supporting Actor category this year. Instead, Prince Charles himself, Josh O’Connor will make the jump to the lead category at the Globes, the better to reflect his expanded role in Season 4.

More intriguing than the actor switcheroo, however, is the decision to push Emma Corrin in the lead Actress category, placing her in direct competition with the Queen herself — and reigning Golden Globes champion — Olivia Colman. Corrin created a lot of buzz this season with her turn as the doe-eyed naif that was Diana Spencer and could serve as serious competition for Colman. Keep in mind that this will likely be the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s only opportunity to recognize Corrin for the role, as Elizabeth Debicki will take over the reins for the final two seasons of the series, starting with Season 5.

Certainly breathing a sigh of relief from this turn of events is Gillian Anderson, whose measured performance as the United Kingdom’s controversial prime minister Margaret Thatcher will no longer be facing Corrin in Supporting Actress, though Anderson will still have her own in-house competition to deal with in the form of Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret, who previously scored a Golden Globes nomination for her performance in Season 3. And while Bonham Carter may serve as Anderson’s primary “Crown” competitor, the series will also submit Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles in Supporting Actress.

The main takeaway from all this maneuvering is that Netflix is ready to pack the Golden Globes with nominees. With only two actresses competing in Supporting, rather than three, it would seem to raise the likelihood of all four “Crown” women walking away with a mention. As for the O’Connor and Menzies flip, that seems like a pretty straightforward adjustment based on screen time and and storytelling.

For more on interesting developments in the Winter TV Awards Season, including what shows could derail Netflix’s “The Crown,” check out this week’s episode of IndieWire’s TV podcast “Millions of Screens” as hosts Deputy TV Editor Ben Travers, Creative Producer Leo Garcia, and TV Awards Editor Libby Hill discuss the brilliance that is Ted Danson at the center of NBC’s new sitcom “Mr. Mayor” — specifically, what makes the actor so delightful when portraying a character that’s stoned — plus, a larger conversation about the nuance of “high life” as previously depicted on TV, as well as how those depictions might change in the future.

Plus, stick around as we poke through the massive purported numbers for “Bridgerton,” as asserted by Netflix, as well as why strategic holiday releases are a natural way to goose the viewing statistics of highly-anticipated streaming features.

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This episode of “Millions of Screens” was produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia.

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