Amazon has its awards show closeup on Sunday night.
Its comedic television series “Transparent” is up for a Golden Globe award, alongside shows from HBO, Netflix and the CW.
In “Transparent,” Jeffrey Tambor plays a transgender woman — a father, Mort Pfefferman, who comes out as a woman, Maura, to his family. Tambor was nominated for best actor in a television comedy, and the series is nominated for best comedy.
“Transparent” premiered on Amazon Prime Instant Video in September to rave reviews — with some critics calling it the best new show of 2014, regardless of network or platform.
And now these nominations are Amazon’s first chance at a Golden Globe award. (Amazon could pick up Emmy nominations later this year, too.)
But Amazon isn’t the only streaming service entrant tonight.
“Orange is the New Black” by Netflix is also vying for the best comedy award.
And Netflix’s “House of Cards” is up for best drama for the second year in a row. Last year, “House of Cards” star Robin Wright won an acting award, but the series lost to “Breaking Bad” in the best drama category.
Wright and her co-star Kevin Spacey were nominated again this year.
Pretty soon, TV award nominations for shows on Internet streaming services will stop turning heads. But for the time being, it’s a source of intrigue, partly because it remains to be seen how accepting the judges are — or are not — at the arrival of Netflix and Amazon.
Also nominated in the best drama category, along with “House of Cards,” were HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” PBS’s “Downton Abbey” and Showtime’s “The Affair.”
In the best comedy category, “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black” were nominated along with HBO’s “Girls” and “Silicon Valley” and the CW network’s “Jane the Virgin.”
Netflix and Amazon are also going head to head in the category for best actor in a comedy — Tambor’s competition includes Ricky Gervais, who plays the title character in Netflix’s “Derek.”