Award-Winning Amazon Original TV Shows & Movies

Since 2013, Amazon started distributing its original television program through Amazon Prime. Though Amazon had been involved in film production since 2008, producing The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox. Amazon’s first original movie was Chi-Raq, in July 2015. Developed in-house through Amazon Studios, their original content slowly started picking up, with Manchester by the Sea becoming the first movie by an online streaming media service to be nominated for an Oscar. Transparent became their first show to win Golden Globe Awards.

Here is a complete list of Amazon Original Movies & TV Shows which won significant awards and accolades.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Won 2 Golden Globes & 8 PrimeTime Emmys 

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

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Awards –

  1. Golden Globes 2018
    1. Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
    2. Rachel Brosnahan won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  2. PrimeTime Emmy Awards 2018 
    1. Best Comedy TV Series, 
    2. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
    3. Supporting Actress, Comedy: Alex Borstein
    4. Writing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino (Episode: “Pilot”)
    5. Directing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino (Episode: “Pilot”) 
    6. Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (Episode: “Pilot”) 
    7. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Episode: “Pilot”) 
    8. Outstanding Music Supervision (Episode: “Pilot”)
  3. Other 16 wins & 24 nominations 

Brief Description – Setup in the late 1950s, Mirial “Midge” Maisel has ‘her’ perfect life – love at first sight, perfect husband, two kids & ‘the’ apartment in New York’s Upper West Side. She has a hidden talent of doing stand-up comedy, which can be derived from her traits of observing details and finding something funny in everything. When she discovers this, she gets on a journey which almost every standup comedian of 1950s would go through. This show takes you on a journey through the 1950s American standup comedy scene, how hard it is for comedians and how comedians hone their act.

Transparent – 2 Golden Globe Wins

Transparent Amazon Prime Original


  • Won 2 Golden Globes
    1. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical – Jeffrey Tambor
    2. Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
  • Won 6 Emmy Awards
    1. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor – 2015 & 2016
    2. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Jill Soloway- 2015 & 2016
    3. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Bradley Whitford – 2015
    4. Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie – 2015
    5. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) – 2016
    6. Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – 2015
  • BAFTA Awards – Best International 2016
  • Another 41 wins & 103 nominations

Transparent was the first show produced by Amazon studios which won a major award, and that too a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy TV Series. The comedy series Transparent follows the world of the dysfunctional Pfefferman family with each season venturing into its uncharted territories and each territory being as powerful as the previous one. The first season kicks off with the father of the family coming out as transgender to (his) ex-wife and the three children. Transparent has comedy at its heart and still manages to be emotionally charged from start to finish.

Manchester by the Sea – 2 Oscar Wins

Manchester by the Sea Amazon Prime Original


  • Won 2 Oscars
    • Best Leading Actor – Casey Affleck
    • Best Original Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Golden Globes 2017
    • Best Performing Actor in a Drama Film – Casey Affleck
  • BAFTA Awards 2017
    • Best Leading Actor – Casey Affleck
    • Best Original Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Another 118 wins & 244 nominations

Amazon Studios was the first media streaming service to be nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture and it ended up winning 2 Oscars – Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Manchester by the sea is known for its visual flourish and mesmerizing acting of Cassey Affleck. The movie’s protagonist, Lee, is a janitor is infamous for his bad temper and unhealthy ability to pick up fights randomly. Living with a feeling of regret and profound sadness, he doesn’t prefer mingling with anyone. Lee had to shift to Manchester to take care of his nephew after his brother dies. Here, he has to deal with his sad past where he lost his children to fire. How his teen nephew tries to pull Lee out of his tragic past, and they end up sharing a beautiful & strong bond makes a heartwarming story.

The Salesman – Oscar Winner

SalesMan Amazon Prime Original Movie


  • Oscar 2017 – Best Foreign Language Film
  • Golden Globes 2017 –  Nominee in Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
  • BAFTA 2018 – Nominee – Best Film Not in the English Language
  • Cannes Film Festival 2016
    • Winner – Best Actor
    • Winner Best Screenplay
    • Nominee Palme d’Or

Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, ‘The Salesman’ is the story of a married couple. The director makes use of a subplot within a plot, which is one of the rare and less used styles of filmmaking. Emad and Rana, a married couple living in Tehran, work as theatre artists, are forced to change their residence as their old flat is damaged. The couple isn’t aware of the past attached to their new abode until one night Rana gets assaulted by an intruder. An Oscar-winner in foreign language category, ‘The Salesman’ is a gripping story of the couple, who perform Arthur Miller’s play- ‘The Death of a Salesman’.

Mozart in the Jungle – 2 Golden Globe Wins

Mozart in the Jungle Amazon Original


  • Won 2 Golden Globes
    • Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
  • Emmy
    • Winner – Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation – 2016 & 2017
    • Nominee – Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) – 2017 & 2018
    • Nominee – Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) – 2017
  • Another 7 wins & 6 nominations

One of the critically acclaimed shows in the Amazon streaming arsenal, Mozart in the Jungle covers the classic music scene of New York City and the journey of conquering one’s dreams in the process. It’s a comedic drama with each of its episode running for around half an hour. Its first season follows the journey of a young oboist, Hailey and her dreams and how they clash with an impatient and flamboyant maestro, Rodrigo.

The Man in the High Castle – Won 2 Emmys

The Man in the High Castle Amazon Prime Original


  • Won 2 Primetime Emmys
    • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
      James Hawkinson
    • Outstanding Main Title Design
    • 5 other nominations
  • Another 4 wins & 32 nominations

Set in an alternate reality of the 60s where Japan and Nazi Germany have won the WWII, The Man In The High Castle is depressing and unnervingly relevant as it talks about themes of impinging fascism and the struggles of the rebels to topple it. Based on an award-winning novel by science fiction luminary Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle doesn’t lose roots of its source material until the first season and all in all is a harrowing reflection on fascism.

The Tick – 1 Emmys Win

The Tick Amazon Prime Original


  • Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. 
  • Online Film & Television Association 2018
    • Nominated in – Best New Theme Song in a Series
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2018
    • Nominated in – Best New Media Superhero Series

The Big Sick – 1 Oscar Nomination

The Big Sick Amazon Prime Original

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  1. Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay – Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
  2. AFI Awards, USA – Movie of the Year
  3. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2018 – Best Comedy
  4. Another 14 wins and 87 nominations

Big sick is about the relationship of a Kumail Nanjiani who is a comedian from Pakistani descent and a grad student where the guy deeply falls in love with a girl but she ends up getting a mysterious infection. What follows next is a tumultuous hassle between convincing his ever-determined parents who want him to get married, convincing the family of the girl about his love and surviving his feelings to the test of time.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – 2 Emmy Nominations

Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams Amazon Prime Original


  • Emmys
    • 2 Nominations – Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series for 2 different episodes
  • Another 7 nominations.

Electric Dreams is an anthology show that adapts the lesser known works of Philip K Dick, with each episode handled by a new creative team of writers and director, this show promises a varied range of styles and visual detailing. While the episodes may vary from alternate realities to our own worlds, their central theme explores the meaning of existence and the significance of humanity on a wider spectrum.

Catastrophe – 2 Emmy Nominations

Catastrophe Amazon PrimeVideo Original


  • Primetime Emmys
    • Nominee – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
    • Nominee – Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
  • BAFTA Awards
    • Nominee – Best Scripted Comedy
    • Nominee – Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
  • Another 6 wins & 14 nominations

The Last Tycoon – 1 Emmy Nomination

The Last Tycoon


  • Emmy
    • Outstanding Original Theme Music for Main Title
  • Another 2 nominations

Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon is set in the 1930s, showcasing the world of Hitler and Great Depression. In many ways, The Last Tycoon spectacular homage to the classic neo-noir cinema of the times through the eyes of its central character, Monroe Stahr, a talented studio executive s trying to make a name for himself in the movie industry while also facing a power struggle with his boss and mentor, Pat Brady.  One can find many similarities between the show’s central character and the famous producer, Irving Thalberg, who too had this impeccable ability to select scripts and production staff and create immensely profitable projects.

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