The Golden Globe Awards proved heavenly for cable’s premium kingpin and a British import Sunday night, as cable copped statues in nine of the 11 TV categories.
Home Box Office’s six-hour adaptation about the AIDS epidemic, Angels in America, won a quintet of awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, including best miniseries.
And BBC America netted a pair for best comedic television series for its quirky yet biting satire of the workplace, The Office, and best actor for the series’ star, Ricky Gervais.
HBO also scored another pair of Globes, as Frances Conroy (topping Joely Richardson from FX’s Nip/Tuck, among others) and Sarah Jessica Parker picked up the best actress roles in a drama and comedy series, respectively, for their roles in Six Feet Under and Sex and the City, respectively.
Meryl Streep and Al Pacino won best actress and best actor for their work in the Mike Nichols-directed adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels. The best supporting wins went to Mary Louise Parker and Jeffrey Wright, also from the acclaimed miniseries.
The only TV categories where cable came up empty were best drama, won by Fox’s 24, over Nip/Tuck, Six Feet Under, CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NBC’s The West Wing; and best actor, drama series, where Anthony Lapaglia took the Globe for his performance in Black Rock’s Without a Trace, beating out Michael Chiklis from FX’s The Shield -- who copped the Golden Globe for actor in 2003 -- as well as Keifer Sutherland for 24, William Petersen from CSI and Martin Sheen from West Wing.
The strong performance by HBO -- which had the most nominations of any network, with 20 -- left rival Showtime in the lurch.
Viacom Inc.’s premium entry had multiple nominations in best movie/miniseries (Soldier’s Girl and Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone), actresses therein (Judy Davis for The Reagans and Helen Mirren for Mrs. Stone) and best actor, movie/miniseries (James Brolin for The Reagans and Troy Garity for Soldier's Girl).
USA Network was also shut out, despite three nominations: comedy series for Monk; best actor in the genre for last year’s winner, Tony Shalhoub, for his obsessive-compulsive turn as detective Adrian Monk; and Bitty Schram, for best actress for the sleuth’s assistant, Sharona Fleming.
The Globes win for BBC America -- now in nearly 38 million U.S. homes -- with The Office followed similar success across the Pond, where the series won four BAFTAs (the United Kingdom equivalent of the Emmy Awards) and a Silver Rose at the Montreux TV Festival.
"We are thrilled. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and the entire cast and production team have created a comic masterpiece in The Office," BBC America CEO Paul Lee said in a prepared statement.
"We’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for once again recognizing shows that are truly groundbreaking," he added. "This is a watershed moment for BBC America."