Pour one neat for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” the Prohibition-era drama that uncorked a big Golden Globes win on Sunday night.
“Boardwalk” helped give HBO another solid night, as the network won four awards — easily the most of any network. The freshman breakout scored two Glo bes at the kudofest, including 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 onstage when I say, ‘Holy effing
crap. We just won a Golden Globe,’??” 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 atop the drama pile 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.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has a reputation for rewarding new series before the TV Acad 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. Fox was a close second, besting all broadcasters with three awards (thanks to “Glee”), followed by one each for FX, Showtime, CBS and Sundance.
As for “Glee,” the show’s “Glee”-peat might have been indicated early in the evening, when both Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won the Globes for best supporting actress and actor. It was the first Globes win for each thesp.
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 thesp awards since 2004’s “Angels in America” — and the first time a series landed both since “One Day at a Time” did so in 1981.
Other first-time winners included critics’ fave Katey Sagal — whose show, “Sons of Anarchy,” has been famously snubbed by the Emmys (leading to a Web diatribe from her husband, series creator Kurt Sutter).
Sagal scored a big Globes win as best actress in a drama, beating out last year’s winner, “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies. “I’m so glad you’re the boss of me,” she said from the stage to Sutter.
On the comedy side, no-show Laura Linney (Showtime’s “The Big C”) won for actress, beating out last year’s winner Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”) and 2009/2008 winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”).
And in a case where the TV Academy managed to step in first, “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons won for comedy actor, several months after he picked up his first Emmy. Parsons beat out “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin (who won last year, 2009 and 2007), among others.
Among longform winners, HFPA voters mirrored the TV Academy’s picks in September.
Al Pacino won movie/miniseries actor for playing Jack Kevorkian in the pay cabler’s “You Don’t Know Jack,” while Claire Danes won movie/mini actress for the title role in HBO’s “Temple Grandin.” Both also won 2010 Primetime Emmys for their performances.
“It’s a special thing to get to play a real person,” Pacino said.
Danes added that “Temple Grandin” — in which she played an author and animal-science doctor who managed to succeed despite being autistic — was “a movie that really wouldn’t have been made by anybody but HBO.”
In an early-evening surprise, the Sundance Channel longform “Carlos,” about Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal, bested HBO’s pricy “The Pacific” to take the nod for best TV movie/mini.
“Carlos” was a true international production, which is why it may have caught the eye of the HFPA. The three-part mini first ran on Canal Plus and was screened at Cannes; here in the U.S., it ran in October on Sundance Channel.
Given the size and scope of “The Pacific,” that HBO longform was considered the frontrunner. (“Carlos” also topped two additional critically acclaimed HBO entries, “Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack,” as well as Starz’s “Pillars of the Earth.”
The “Carlos” win also ended a nine-year streak in the longform category for HBO, which had won the award every year since 2002.
Ricky Gervais opened the show by biting the hand the fed him, tossing several jokes aimed at the HFPA and a few more toward Hollywood in general.
Among his targets: Charlie Sheen, closeted gay Scientologists in Hollywood and “The Tourist” (which raised eyebrows for its Globes nominations).
Gervais didn’t make HFPA prexy Philip Berk happy when he said he wanted to “quash the ridiculous rumor” that “The Tourist” was nominated so members could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
“That is rubbish,” he said. “They also accepted bribes.”
Inside the room, the audience reacted with some nervous laughter — but also applause. (One attendee described their reaction as a “pleasant shock.”)
Robert Downey Jr. appeared to take an affront at the tone onstage, but then also delivered a rather ribald monologue as a presenter. And both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen weren’t fans: Hanks recounted the era when Gervais was a “slightly chubby but kind” comedian, to which Allen added, “neither of which he is now.”