HBO takes home seven statues
During an evening that otherwise belonged entirely to HBO, “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” continued a storybook year that has practically seen each series amass more awards than viewers by accepting top honors at Sunday’s Golden Globes.
AMC’s period drama set at an advertising agency became the first back-to-back winner in that Globes category since “The X-Files” in 1998 (“Desperate Housewives” did so more recently on the comedy front).
NBC’s “30 Rock” swept the key comedy prizes.
Any talk of HBO losing its patina of quality amid increased competition from rival cable networks clearly hadn’t reached Golden Globes voters. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. showered seven of its 11 TV statuettes on the pay channel — including the first six categories presented during the 66th annual presentation, before “Rock’s” Alec Baldwin broke up the block party.
Baldwin has received the award for the NBC comedy in two of the last three years, while Tina Fey has nabbed consecutive trophies as the star of her comedy creation about a sketch-TV show.
As potential bellwether, the Golden Globes have rarely been in sync with the Emmys. Because the Globes are handed out in January, they frequently get a jump on the Emmy eligibility window by feting first-year programs that made their debut only months earlier in the fall.
This year, however, eight of the night’s honorees already picked up Emmys in September, including familiar trips to the podium for the two aforementioned series as well as the seven-part HBO miniseries “John Adams” and its stars Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson.
In the process, the pay channel extended its overwhelming dominance of the movie/miniseries voting to eight straight years (its Emmy track record is equally gaudy), as “Adams” tore through the longform categories — edging a more modern historical Emmy recipient, the movie “Recount,” which scored a win for Laura Dern.
The Globes have often favored first-year series, and Sunday’s results didn’t completely buck that trend. Lead drama recognition went to a pair of HBO stars — Gabriel Byrne for the half-hour adaptation of Israel’s “In Treatment” and Anna Paquin in the vampire serial “True Blood.” The actress balloting has now crowned a performer in a new program in three of the last four years.
The supporting categories remain perhaps the Globes’ strangest amalgamation, throwing TV movie and miniseries co-stars into the competition along with series regulars.
For the current decade, anyway, actors in movies or miniseries hold a decided 13-to-7 edge. Wilkinson claimed his first Globe for the role of Ben Franklin, and Dern wound up with the most ballots thanks to “Recount,” in which she played Florida’s controversial former secretary of state, Katherine Harris.