Monday wasn’t cable’s best night.
The industry took home four awards at the 63rd Annual Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles just one fewer than in 2005. However, cable didn’t fare as well among the top categories as it did one year ago.
Whereas FX’s Nip/Tuck was named best drama and Ian McShane won the best actor in a drama for his work as a salty brothel proprietor in Home Box Office’s Deadwood one year ago, cable had to be content with a best actress in a musical/comedy win by Mary-Louise Parker for her role as a pot-selling widow in Showtime’s Weeds.
Parker did beat out a quartet of Desperate Housewives nominees: Felicity Huffman, who won the best-actress award in a dramatic motion picture for Transamerica; last year’s winner, Terri Hatcher; Marcia Cross; and Eva Longoria.
HBO did score with best miniseries/made-for-TV movie with Empire Falls -- this was in the bank for the medium, which also had the other nominees: Turner Network Television’s Into the West; HBO’s Lackawanna Blues and Warm Springs; Showtime’s Sleeper Cell; and BBC America’s Viva Blackpool -- and Paul Newman was cited for his work in a supporting-actor role in that mini.
Moreover, S. Epatha Merkerson was honored as the best actress in a miniseries for Lackawanna, adding it to the Emmy Award she collected last fall for her portrayal of Nanny.
On the downside, cable came up empty in the actor in a miniseries category, which went to Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the title character in CBS’ Elvis. Cable claimed the four other nominations here -- Kenneth Branagh (Warm Springs); Ed Harris (Empire Falls); Bill Nighy (HBO’s The Girl in the Café); and Donald Sutherland (Lifetime Television’s Human Trafficking). Geoffrey Rush brought this trophy home for HBO a year ago for his starring role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Similarly, Sandra Oh took home the supporting-actress trophy for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Last year, Anjelica Huston won for HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels.