HBO, 30 Rock win Golden Globes

By Tim Surette

Jan 12, 2009

Say what you will about awards-show season (seriously, comment below!), but each awards ceremony is hard to ignore once the red carpet is rolled out. Tonight saw Hollywood welcome the red carpet of the Golden Globes, the Oscars' jealous little brother. The night is especially important for film (Oscar nominees are announced later this week, and a Globes win could sway Academy voters), but television also has a lot at stake with this ceremony the only major TV awards show until the late-summer Emmys.

HBO got off to a great start, with John Adams' Tom Wilkinson, Recount's Laura Dern, In Treatment's Gabriel Byrne, and True Blood's Anna Paquin all taking early acting awards. Paquin's a surprise here, but the others aren't so much.

If you're concerned about the lack of big-name television stars or big-name television programs, you best stop reading right now. The low-rated 30 Rock continued its dominance of the comedy category, with awards for best comedy, best actor (Alec Baldwin), and best actress (Tina Fey), and the best drama winner was AMC's Mad Men, which takes in just a sliver of the amount of people who watch network shows.

In fact, the more interesting things happened in the world of film. Kate Winslet won two Golden Globes for Revolutionary Road and a supporting role in the The Reader, Mickey Rourke started the critical validation of his comeback for The Wrestler, and Heath Ledger won a posthumous best supporting trophy for The Dark Knight. Feel-good movie of the year Slumdog Millionaire won the best drama award of the year.

Another awards show down... did the right people get their due?

Best Television Series--Drama
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
In Treatment (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Drama
Sally Field--Brothers And Sisters
Mariska Hargitay--Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones--Mad Men
Anna Paquin--True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick--The Closer

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Drama
Gabriel Byrne--In Treatment
Michael C. Hall--Dexter
Jon Hamm--Mad Men
Hugh Laurie--House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers--The Tudors

Best Television Series--Comedy or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)
Californication (Showtime)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Weeds (Showtime)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Christina Applegate--Samantha Who?
America Ferrera--Ugly Betty
Tina Fey--30 Rock
Debra Messing--The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker--Weeds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin--30 Rock
Steve Carell--The Office
Kevin Connolly--Entourage
David Duchovny--Californication
Tony Shalhoub--Monk

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)
Bernard And Doris (HBO)
Cranford (PBS)
John Adams (HBO)
Recount (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Judi Dench--Cranford
Catherine Keener--An American Crime
Laura Linney--John Adams
Shirley Maclaine--Coco Chanel
Susan Sarandon--Bernard And Doris

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Ralph Fiennes--Bernard And Doris
Paul Giamatti--John Adams
Kevin Spacey--Recount
Kiefer Sutherland--24: Redemption
Tom Wilkinson--Recount

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Eileen Atkins--Cranford
Laura Dern--Recount
Melissa George--In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths--Brothers And Sisters
Dianne Wiest--In Treatment

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Neil Patrick Harris--How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary--Recount
Jeremy Piven--Entourage
Blair Underwood--In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson--John Adams

For a full list of winners, head over to the official Web site of the Golden Globes.

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  • chicksterrr Feb 09, 2009

    Serenity 01 - Have you even wtached The Dark Night?????? It was an amazing film, and deserves all the accolades and more. HL was amazing as The Joker and deserves every award that he gets. He would have won awards, regrdless of the fact that he had an untimely death. I also think its about time that Hugh Laurie won an award for his potrayal of Gregory House - he has consistantly been amazing.

  • JagsFan1 Jan 31, 2009

    Once Again Micheal C. Hall & Dexter gets screwed the hell with the golden globes. Also no Mariska winning want a joke.

  • trudeau_01 Jan 17, 2009

    I was all for Anna Winning her award, before the Golden Globes stated I really wanted her to win, then when I saw who else was in her categorey, I got a little worried, but when she won I was so happy for her. Anna is amazing in True Blood, can't wait at all till next season!!!

  • amaryllis88 Jan 15, 2009

    I'm so proud and happy for Anna, for winning Best Performance in a Television Series, Actress-wise, this really proves that specialty shows can win just as much as the popular ones on regular t.v. Yay Anna!!

  • acmb Jan 15, 2009

    I think "30 Rock" deserved to win and it did. I think this comedy is very smart and has brilliant episodes. Both Tina and Alec can be hilarious sometimes.

  • Kaylin21 Jan 15, 2009

    I wanted Dexter to win, he's amazing. Also David Duchovny? Californication is genius. I always try to watch 30 rock after the office on Thursday, and it is so unfunny. I don't know why people watch it. It's so dull.

  • dapope251 Jan 14, 2009

    Dexter, anyone? This is stupid. Three seasons of snubs. Let's hope the next awards change this.

  • pancha_lef Jan 13, 2009

    Melissa George should've won. She has proved to be one of the most talented actresses in business

  • wingsabre Jan 13, 2009

    Michael C Hall deserves a win.

    Mad Men as a whole is not that great of a series. I doubt it'll last the test of time. Breaking Bad is a much better show on the same network.

  • wingsabre Jan 13, 2009

    Michael C Hall deserves a win.

    Mad Men as a whole is not that great of a series. I doubt it'll last the test of time.

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