From a cable perspective, the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards clearly had a British tone.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed three Golden Globes upon premium TV kingpin HBO for its Elizabeth 1 miniseries, a co-production with the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Channel 4, while BBC America brought home a pair of statues for telefilm Gideon’s Daughter.
Elizabeth I was voted the best movie or miniseries. The miniseries’ leading lady, Elizabeth Mirren -- who also won the best actress in a drama for her theatrical portrayal of the current Queen Elizabeth -- took home the best actress for a movie or miniseries for her role as Bessie, the Virgin Queen. And Jeremy Irons earned a Golden Globe for supporting actor for his turn as Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester who had a long-standing, tempestuous relationship with the queen, including times as her counselor and suitor.
For its part, BBCA notched a pair of statues for Gideon’s Daughter, a film exploring themes of love, loss, parenthood and celebrity. Bill Nighy won for best actor in a movie or miniseries for his work as Gideon Warner, a highly sought-after public-relations executive in London; and Emily Blunt took home the laurels for her portrayal of daughter Natasha, who wants to get as far away from her obsessive father as possible.
Kyra Sedgwick gave TNT a trophy for best actress in a drama in her starring role in The Closer as Brenda Johnson, a transplanted Atlantan and former CIA-trained interrogator now serving as deputy chief of the LAPD’s Priority Homicide Squad.