It was a huge night for premium cable at the Golden Globes as HBO and Showtime combined to capture nine of the 11 TV category awards.
HBO set the pace, earning five Golden Globes, including three for telefilm Game Change and a pair for comedy Girls. Showtime nabbed four trophies, including a trio for Homeland, which swept the drama category, and the fourth for rookie skein House of Lies.
Only the venerable Maggie Smith and Kevin Costner were able to crack the premium cable hegemony as she claimed the statue (in absentia) for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for PBS' Downton Abbey, while Costner was recognized as the best actor in a movie or miniseries for History’s Hatfields & McCoys, the most-watched entertainment program in cable history.
Game Change won for best miniseries or TV movie with its stars Ed Harris and Julianne Moore and Ed Harris garnering the actor awards for their portrayals of GOP candidates John McCain and Sarah Palinin during the 2008 election.
Girls, meanwhile, closed the night with a rush, winning the award for the best TV series comedy, while Lena Dunham was rewarded as best actress for the series she also created and serves as executive producer.
Backing up its Emmy triumph, Showtime’s domestic terrorist show won the Globe for best TV series drama, topping out AMC’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom and PBS’s Downton Abbey.
Male lead Damien Lewis also added to his trophy case, flanking his Emmy with a Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV series, drama. Lewis’s Nicholas Brody beat a high-profile group of nominees: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; and Jon Hamm, for AMC’s Mad Men
For her part, Claire Danes notched a Globe repeat as the best actress in a TV series drama for the role of Carrie Mathison, for which she also scored an Emmy.
Showtime’s strong showing culminated with Don Cheadle scoring the best comedy acting Globe for House of Lies. As such, Showtime not only led the 70th annual awards ceremony in series' triumphs, but tallied the most wins in its history.
Winners in bold:
Actress in a TV drama series
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Actor in a TV drama series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Actress in a TV comedy series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Actor in a TV comedy series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Comedy or musical series:
The Big Bang Theory
Actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Actor in a TV miniseries or movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
TV movie or miniseries
Hatfields & McCoys
Supporting Actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family