Tina Fey of NBC’s 30 Rock was the only actor keeping cable from sweeping the television categories in the strike-impacted Golden Globe Awards announced in Beverly Hills Sunday night.
HBO dominated the count, but the big buzz may be about the pay-off for AMC’s investment in original programming. Its critically acclaimed Mad Men was named by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as the best drama series of the year, and its star, Jon Hamm, got the award as the best actor in a drama.
The season’s best comedy was on HBO. The Ricky Gervais-starrer Extras took home that award. The premium network also provided the most honored TV program of the Globes’ season. Longford, a movie about a member of the British legislature who devoted years to an attempt to gain a pardon for a convicted child-killer, was named best made-for-TV movie. Its stars, Jim Broadbent as Longford and Samantha Morton a convicted killer, each won awards for their performances.
Entourage’s Jeremy Piven added a Golden Globe to his Emmys, honored again for his high-octane role as agent Ari Gold. Queen Latifah was honored for her role in the HBO film Life Support.
Showtime’s David Duchovny is also a Globes fave. His performance as a self-destructive creatively-blocked writer was honored as the best by an actor in a comedy series this year.
FX also had a share of the glory: its drama series Damages provided a chance for star Glenn Close to earn a Golden Globe as best actress in a drama.