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.