Why TV directors should be honoured at The Golden Globes
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At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Guillermo Del Toro secured his first Golden Globe for Best Director, an accolade that few can deny he has earned. Yet at an event designed to honour both film and television, it seems unfair to only highlight the directors of the silver screen.
The Golden Globes is unique amongst America’s largest media awards, because it combines television and film categories in one event. Whilst it would be unreasonable to expect the Golden Globes to cover as many categories as the Oscars and Emmys combined, some parity between the two mediums should be attempted. Television, so often seen as the bratty relative of film, has had its own renaissance in the last twenty years. Ever since The Sopranos ushered in a wave of challenging new series, television has been increasingly considered on a par with its cinematic sibling. There are countless episodes of 2017 television that are as dramatically compelling as the films of the five Best Director nominees. Take Daniel Sackheim’s Chicanery, for example, a decisive courtroom instalment of Better Call Saul that paints a subtle picture of brotherly betrayal. Time’s Arrow, a devastating episode of Bojack Horseman, singles out director Aaron Long for praise as much as Spielberg or Scott. Hell, any episode of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Big Little Lies could be nominated, so beautifully does the series capture the abuse and violence at the heart of an elite Californian town.
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