“Surprise was the order of the evening as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. bestowed top honors on the relatively little-seen classical-music comedy ‘Mozart in the Jungle,’ from Amazon Studios” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, writes Scott Collins in Monday’s (1/11) Los Angeles Times. “The TV awards play an important role in raising the profiles of new series and possibly paving the way for Emmy nominations this summer. Streaming services such as Amazon don’t typically release viewership figures, but the audience for ‘Mozart’—which released its second-season episodes late last month—has likely been quite small up to now. Jason Schwartzman, who appears in and executive produces ‘Mozart,’ hoped that the jaw-dropping Globe win would give the show much-needed publicity. Gael Garcia Bernal, who stars as a symphony conductor based on Gustavo Dudamel, also won in the lead actor category…. When asked if the subject of classical music was too specialized for a general audience, co-creator Roman Coppola … said: ‘This is a world that interested us … so we were never really concerned. It was a world with fascinating characters—artistic temperaments—and we thought it was intrinsically interesting.’ ”

Posted January 11, 2016