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Winners: Sudsers ‘Desperate,’ ‘Tuck’ plucky

Fresh fare makes waves on TV side

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Spreading the wealth more generously than the recent Emmys, the Golden Globes lauded two racy serials — ABC’s domestic romp “Desperate Housewives” and FX’s plastic surgery soap “Nip/Tuck” — as best comedy and drama, respectively, during the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. presentation Sunday in Beverly Hills.

After televising an Emmycast last September that became a virtual three-hour promotion for HBO, ABC enjoyed a measure of redemption during the 62nd annual kudofest, broadcast by NBC, absconding with a trio of prizes. That was one less than HBO, which as usual enjoyed near dominance in the movie realm. The balance of the 11 TV awards went to four different networks.

In addition to the comedy win for “Housewives” — a rarity for hourlong shows — Teri Hatcher nabbed the lead actress crown against co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross. Award was shown on NBC while the high-rated series aired simultaneously up the dial, ratcheting up the kudocast’s competition for viewers.

Exhibiting an “in with the new” mentality, all but one of the series awards were delivered to first- or second-year programs, the lone exception being “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

“Housewives” creator Marc Cherry noted that his big break after an arid career stretch came when his former agent was arrested for embezzlement, prompting him to find new representation. He also acknowledged his mother for the idea — “Now that’s good parenting,” he said — while an ebullient Hatcher thanked ABC, which “gave me a second chance at a career when I couldn’t have been a bigger has-been.”

As for “Nip/Tuck,” its win marked a major coup for basic cabler FX, emerging from a category that included past winners “24” and “The Sopranos” as well as ABC’s red-hot new hour “Lost.” Series creator Ryan Murphy gave credit to various execs, including NBC Entertainment Prez Kevin Reilly, who was on hand when the show was developed, and network brass for allowing him to produce an episode that featured conjoined twins and an explicit three-way sex scene.

In other acting nods, Brit Ian McShane, overlooked in the Emmy balloting, was anointed best actor in a drama for his role as an amoral saloonkeeper in HBO’s gritty Western “Deadwood.” “It’s the best gig I’ve ever had,” he said.

Mariska Hargitay also received rare recognition for a performer in a police procedural, taking the best actress prize for NBC’s second installment of “Law & Order.” In her acceptance she referenced her late mother, actress Jayne Mansfield, and her father, Mickey Hargitay, who was shown in the audience weeping throughout.

Kudos also continue to come the way of Fox’s low-rated critical favorite “Arrested Development,” with Jason Bateman garnering the lead actor award for the sophomore sitcom. Bateman proceeded to not so subtly express gratitude to Fox execs — on behalf of the show’s “future fans” — for their patience in sticking with it.

William Shatner, meanwhile, claimed the supporting actor award for ABC’s “Boston Legal.” “William Shatner,” he said soberly upon taking the stage, mimicking the character he plays in the David E. Kelley-produced series, Denny Crane, who repeats his own name like a mantra. Anjelica Huston won the femme supporting award (in a category mixing series regulars with TV movie roles) for the HBO women’s suffrage pic “Iron Jawed Angels.”

In addition to that honor, HBO earned dual wins for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” as best movie and for star Geoffrey Rush in the biography’s title role, beating out the pay channel’s recent Emmy winner, “Something the Lord Made.”

An overjoyed Glenn Close, however, broke up the pay channel’s block party by winning for actress in a vidpic or miniseries for rival Showtime’s remake of “The Lion in Winter.”

And the winners are…

TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

“Nip/Tuck” (FX)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Mariska Hargitay — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Ian McShane — “Deadwood”

TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Teri Hatcher — “Desperate Housewives”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jason Bateman — “Arrested Development”

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (HBO)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Glenn Close — “The Lion in Winter”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Geoffrey Rush — “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

>Anjelica Huston — “Iron Jawed Angels”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

William Shatner — “Boston Legal”

MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA

“The Aviator”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA

Hilary Swank — “Million Dollar Baby”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Leonardo DiCaprio –“The Aviator”

MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Sideways”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Annette Bening — “Being Julia”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE -MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jamie Foxx — “Ray”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Sea Inside” (Spain)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Natalie Portman — “Closer”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Clive Owen — “Closer”

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Clint Eastwood — “Million Dollar Baby”

SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor — “Sideways”

ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Howard Shore — “The Aviator”

ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“Old Habits Die Hard” — “Alfie”
Music & Lyrics by: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart

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