Golden Globes: HBO and Showtime dominate TV categories

Kudos for 'Girls,' 'Homeland,' 'Gamechange' shut out broadcast nets

The Big Four networks were shut out of the winner’s circle for the TV side of the 70th annual Golden Globes on Sunday for the first time ever, with HBO and Showtime splitting nearly all of the awards.

Showtime’s “Homeland” repeated the trifecta it scored at last year’s Emmy Awards. The white-hot espionage thriller collected best drama and best actor and actress kudos for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, respectively. Of the three, only Lewis was not a repeat winner from the 2012 Globes.

“All of us at ‘Homeland,’ we fairly killed ourselves trying to live up to the hype of the first season,” said executive producer Alex Gansa upon accepting the award for best drama. “This award tells me just maybe we didn’t screw it up.”

Rival HBO edged out Showtime by one win with five total. Rookie comedy “Girls” won for best comedy series and its star, Lena Dunham, took home honors in the comedy actress category. The cabler’s “Gamechange” won best TV movie or miniseries.

The best comedy victory knocked out ABC’s “Modern Family,” which was the Big Four’s sole winner last year. Dunham topped broadcast competish including the night’s hosts, Tina Fey of “30 Rock” and Amy Poehler of “Parks & Recreation,” both on NBC.

Among her thank-yous, Dunham acknowledged executive producer Judd Apatow, who she described as “the greatest man and an honorary ‘Girl.'”

“Homeland” missed out on a full sweep, with Mandy Patinkin losing to Ed Harris of HBO’s “Gamechange” in the best supporting actor category. The HBO movie, which chronicled the 2008 presidential election, won in every category in which it was nominated, with Julianne Moore collecting best actress in miniseries/movie.

Showtime’s statuette tally was boosted by a win from what may have been the biggest upset of the night: Don Cheadle in the comedy actor category, for first-year series “House of Lies.” The win was a well-timed promotional boost for the series, which kicked off its second season Sunday.

Showtime also won in the category last year with a surprise victor: Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes.” He lost out on his bid for a repeat alongside “30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin, “Louie’s” Louis C.K and “Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons.

The “Homeland” wins weren’t the only Globes honors that mirrored the Emmycast. Kevin Costner repeated his honor for best actor in a miniseries or movie for History’s “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Besides History, the other only win of the night that didn’t go to either HBO or Showtime went to PBS for “Downton Abbey’s” Maggie Smith in the supporting actress for TV series, miniseries or movie category.

More Scene

  • Charlize Theron31st Annual Producers Guild Awards,

    Charlize Theron Says Megyn Kelly's 'Bombshell' Reaction Video Was 'Really Validating'

    Charlize Theron says it was “really emotional” to watch Megyn Kelly’s half-hour response video to “Bombshell,” the Oscar-nominated feature film that depicts the sexual harassment Kelly (as played by Theron) and several other women experienced from Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The video, which Kelly posted to her YouTube Channel on Jan. 9, shows Kelly, [...]

  • Sean Penn CORE Gala

    Sean Penn Offers to Take Selfies in Exchange for $5,000 Donations to Disaster Relief

    A decade after the catastrophic 7.0 Haiti earthquake left between 50,000 and 100,000 dead and nearly a million people displaced, Sean Penn hosted the 10th anniversary CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) gala, raising funds for international disaster relief at the Wiltern Theatre on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. “We’re not here tonight because we want [...]

  • Allison Janney Viola Davis

    Viola Davis & Allison Janney React to Lack of Diversity in 2020 Oscar Nominations

    Monday morning’s Oscar nominations rebooted the #OscarsSoWhite conversation, reigniting discussion about representation after women were shut out of the directing category and only one person of color — Cynthia Erivo — was nominated in the acting categories. At the premiere of Amazon Original’s “Troop Zero” at The Grove in Los Angeles on Monday evening, the [...]

  • Star Trek Picard Premiere

    'Picard' Stars Reveal Which 'Star Trek' Character They Would Get Drunk With

    The cast and creators of “Star Trek: Picard” turned out for the show’s premiere at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome on Monday night. In the spirit of the festive atmosphere of the night, Variety asked them which “Star Trek” character, past or present, they’d most like to pound a few Romulan ales with at the local [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez Laura Dern

    Inside the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    ‘Twas the night before Oscar nominations and all through the ballroom, the Barker Hanger was buzzing as critics mixed and mingled with A-listers inside the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night. Life Achievement winner Eddie Murphy, #SeeHer honoree Kristen Bell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bong Joon Ho were among the big names who played [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content