The freshman breakout scored two Globes at the kudofest, including best drama. But the night's big victor was Fox's "Glee," which repeated as best comedy and picked up both supporting thesp awards.
In the case of "Boardwalk," the Globes became the first major awards show to honor the 1920s-set Atlantic City drama.
"I am pretty confident that I speak for everyone on stage when I say, 'Holy effing crap, we just won a Golden Globe award,'" said series creator Terence Winter.
Not only did the show win for best drama, but star Steve Buscemi won his first ever Golden Globe – picking up the best actor in a drama award for his portrayal of fictional 1920s Atlantic City politico Enoch "Nucky" Thompson.
"I hope we do it for years and years and years," Buscemi said.
"Boardwalk" also repped the end of "Mad Men's" three-year streak as the best drama at the Globes. Had "Mad Men" won again, it would have repped the first show to ever win a best series category at the Globes for four straight years–but it wasn't meant to be.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has a reputation for rewarding new series before the TV Academy gets a chance (such as "Glee" last year). "Boardwalk" continues that trend.
"Boardwalk" helped give HBO another solid night, as the network won four awards – easily the most of any network.
As for "Glee," the show's "Glee"-peat could have been predicted early in the evening, when both Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won the Globes for best supporting actress and actor, respectively. It was the first Globes win for both thesps.
Colfer dedicated his award to "the kids that our show celebrates," including those who are bullied and those who are told "they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that."
"Glee" repped the first time a program picked up both supporting awards since 2004's "Angels in America." – and the first time a series landed both since "One Day at a Time" in 1981.
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