The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held live from Los Angeles early this evening, hosted by the incomparable comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who were the highlight of the show from the third minute mark when Poehler commented that there was no one better to direct a movie about torture than the woman who was married to James Cameron.
But aside from the jokes and the booze and the pretty, pretty dresses, there was the purpose of handing out awards for achievement in entertainment's recent past. Here are your television category winners (in chronological order):
Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey won "Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie." Smith was not in attendance to deliver an acceptance speech. Presenters Dennis Quaid and Kerry Washington accepted the statue on her behalf.
Game Change won "Best TV Movie or Miniseries." Director Jay Roach accepted, thanking HBO for being willing to engage in the political discussion. Of course he gave star Julianne Moore a special mention on stage, too: "Now with you and Tina Fey, we have three of the most incredible impersonations of Sarah Palin-- including Sarah Palin," he said.
Julianne Moore won "Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie" for Game Change. "Oh my gosh, my children will be so relieved!" She said, stepping on stage. "This was one of my favorite jobs ever; working at HBO was such an amazing experience." She went on to thank her writers, producers, director, cast, hair and makeup people "for transforming" her, as well as her vocal coach but wrapped up with a special mention to a couple of important peers: "I'd like to give a shout-out to two people who I think made a significant change in the 2008 election: Tina Fey and Katie Couric," she said.
Damian Lewis won "Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama" for Homeland. "Thank you, guys, thank you. To the HFPA all of us out there-- all of us on Homeland the last 18 months, all of us have been on an incredible journey and to pick up a little treasure like this is a treat that deserves to be shared. I would like to share this with the best cast and crew working in sweltering heat in North Carolina," Lewis said, going on to name a number of the key figures on the show and in his life in general, including those who discovered him and his wife. He wrapped up with a sweet sentiment for his late mother, dedicating the award to "my mum who I know is up ther ebursting with pride, telling everyone how well her son is 'doing in acting'."
Homeland won "Best TV Series, Drama." Executive Producer Alex Gansa accepted the statue, saying "I just wish you all could have seen Claire Danes, eight months pregnant, being chased by a drainage pipe by Abu Nazir at three in the morning, take after take. All of us at Homeland fairly killed ourselves trying to live up to the hype of the first season, and this award tells me that maybe, just maybe we didn't screw it up." Gansa, of course, thanked Fox and Showtime and his cast and crew-- saying special good-byes to the actors they "sacrificed" this season but "always considered a part of [their] family." Executive Producer Howard Gordon stepped in with additional thanks, as well.
Kevin Costner won "Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie" for Hatfields & McCoys. "Kind of a short walk in a long career. So many people to thank; it's been a dream, for sure," Costner said, starting with History Channel and diverging into a story about the first event he ever attended of his caliber. "I was an unknown actor. The red carpet, I walked on it; the bulbs were going-- they were flashing-- photographers were yelling at the actors; no one was saying anything to me. I was just hoping to have some kind of career, and I came in, and the lights went down, and I watched a celebration of the body of work of Gregory Peck...it was a greatnight that night." Costner thanked the HFPA for continuing the legacy and tradition of allowing audiences to celebrate and see such great projects and keeping the artistry alive.
Ed Harris won "Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie" for Game Change. Harris was not in attendance so presenters John Krasinski and Kristen Bell accepted the statue on his behalf.
Don Cheadle won "Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy" for House of Lies. Presenter Lucy Liu joked that it didn't really say his name, but she called for him anyway. Cheadle thanked "everyone for getting behind this show and really suporting us." Of course, he included his cast and writing team and producers, too, adding a special "I love you, I love you, I love you" to his girlfriend Bridgid Coulter.
Claire Danes won "Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama" for Homeland. "Wow," Danes said, shaking her shoulders. "I have to thank the HFPA for being so insanely generous towads me for so many years. I was up here where I was 15. I have to thank all of the women in this category who are so bad-ass...I'm so proud to be working in this medium, in this moment, in this company." She went on to thank the "writers didn't buckle under the pressure of the first season and in turn challenged us as actors," as well as the cast and especially her costume designer who "took my pants out every damn week" when she told them she was pregnant. And of course, that meant one final end note: "I have to thank my son now...for joining me throughout this whole process and begin so game and fighting this war against terrorism."
Lena Dunham won "Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy" for Girls. "I thought I was going to be a cooler customer if this ever happened, and I never thought I would," Dunham said, unfolding a prepared speech. "Sorry, I'm super shaky. I wanted to start by thanking the other women [in my category] who inspire me deeply and made me laugh and comforted me at the darkest moments in my life...middle school, mono, a ruptured eardrum, and the acute anxiety that populates my entire life, and I worship them." She also gave a special thank you to Adam Driver for making her feel "not like a cartoon character but like an actual person who could feel human emotions, and you don't know how grateful I am." She dedicated her award to any girl who never felt like there was a space for them, saying that the award was now a space for her, too.
Girls won for "Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical." Dunham accepted the award, starting with a scream, and asking her cast to "get super close" around her at the mic. "I'm standing here with the greatest collaborators anyone could ever ask for," she said. "The cast [has] shown me the meaning of bravery and nakedness, both emotional and physical." She thanked the crew, saying they make her know what it would be like to actually have a good time at summer camp, and of course, HBO for understanding creativity. "I hope everyone involved feels thanked every single day!...I also promised myself if I ever got this chance I would thank Chad Lowe. I'm sorry! I just promised myself, and I promised my mom," she said.
For a complete list of nominees and winners from the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, please click here.
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