HOLLYWOOD — Sunday’s Golden Globes proved cable-ready: Out of 11 TV trophies, HBO easily dominated the competition with seven wins, while basic-cabler FX nabbed two, both for series “The Shield,” and USA earned one. NBC snared the only broadcast win.
“The Shield” and HBO’s “Gathering Storm” each earned two wins, the only TV works that took home more than one Globe.
HBO won for comedy series (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), miniseries/telefilm (“The Gathering Storm”), drama series actress (Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”); mini/telefilm actor (Albert Finney, “The Gathering Storm”); mini/telefilm actress (Uma Thurman, “Hysterical Blindness”); supporting actress (Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”); and supporting actor (Donald Sutherland, “Path to War”).
HBO’s domination wasn’t entirely a surprise. It had easily led the nominations, with 26 bids, exactly double the number of runner-up NBC.
No series was a repeat winner from last year, even though the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. had weighed ongoing series in eight of its categories.
The Globes’ TV prizes are often considered the kid brother (or sister) of the film awards, due to timing. The Golden Globes aren’t exactly considered a buildup to the Emmys, which are handed out in September. But in fact the Globes saluted shows like “The X-Files,” “24,” “Alias” and “Six Feet Under” before Emmy ever did.
This year, the org trailed some of last September’s Emmy choices, such as drama series actor Michael Chiklis for “The Shield” and comedy series actress Jennifer Aniston for NBC’s “Friends.”
Still, the HFPA made some adventurous picks. Since some consider USA’s “Monk” a drama, lead Tony Shalhoub proved a surprising (but popular) choice as comedy-series actor, the only award handed out to a new series.
Perhaps the most endearing speech of the evening came from Falco, who had laryngitis and struggled to get out a few sentences. After whispering how happy she was that the series moves people, she laughed, “Oh my god, I have to go!”
In accepting the “Curb” series win, skein creator and star Larry David deadpanned, “This is a sad day for the Golden Globes. It is, however, quite a good day for Larry David.” Saying that he has to win awards to get his wife to agree to sex, he offered thanks to the HFPA “for what I hope will be a memorable evening.”
Cattrall, who plays “Sex and the City’s” resident sexpot, joked, “You have no idea how many men I’ve had to sleep with to get this award.”
Accepting his prize in a category with nine nominees, Sutherland told the other eight, “I was given this because I’m older than you are, which I think is only fair”; more seriously, he then paid tribute to the vidpic’s late director, John Frankenheimer.