HBO, 30 Rock win Golden Globes

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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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.
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Once Again Micheal C. Hall & Dexter gets screwed the hell with the golden globes. Also no Mariska winning want a joke.
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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!!!
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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!!
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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.
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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.
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Dexter, anyone? This is stupid. Three seasons of snubs. Let's hope the next awards change this.
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Melissa George should've won. She has proved to be one of the most talented actresses in business
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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.
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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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30 Rock seems to win every year, I think some love needs to go out to the underappriceated comedies on TV, and no Two and a half men, i'm not talking about you...
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Michael C hall and Kiefer Sutherland deserve to win. My opinion none from the above
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I wish Dexter and Michael C. Hall would have won!
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Oh come on!! You have to be blind, deaf and stupid to not see that NPH is the best supporting role there is!!! House, Hugh, David Duchovny and Californication should have won too! At least Anna Paquin won, she's great.
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I just want to ask those people that are criticizing Anna Paquins win if they have watched her performance in True Blood and if so have they read the Southern Vampires Mysteries books?
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mariska deserves it more than anna paquin it's a shame
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Anna Paquin - that's a shocker, the others not so much.
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omg 30 rock won so many awards frankly i don't find that show so entertaining, How I met Ur mother is a by far better comedy
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I've seen very little of the winning material, but I'm sure it's good stuff to win an award this prestigious.
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I'm glad Anna won, she's a very good actress and I didn't see that coming!
Too bad Neil Patrick Harris didn't win..
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My jaw dropped to the ground when they said that Anna Paquin is the winner. WTF? That's just absurd.
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Michael C. Hall got stiffed yet again. He should have won two years ago.
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I mostly agreed with the winners... this has got to be the first award show ever where I've seriously felt that the winners were right, I was happy at the end and thought it was a good show. However, I say mostly because, well, some of the winners weren't the most deserving, for example, Anna Paquin, she's good but not the best of the bunch, I would have loved if Mariska or Kyra won. I did loved Tina Fey's win and her speech was hilarious, loved that 30 Rock won, cause it's a great and smart show, I loved Kate Winslet's double-win and her second speech, though... what's up with all the love for Leo?... and I loved that Heath Ledger won, he was gonna win anyway but it was a very special moment. Overall, I enjoyed the ceremony a lot.
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i would have loved if mariska won. she was amazing in her episode undercover. i also love kyra, but unfortunatly didnt win either
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Anna Paquin is an amazing actress, all those little mannerisms and facial expressions she does on the show are Sookie's from the books, not Anna's. She read the books and completely mimicked all her quirks.

SHE DESERVES IT!
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Am really glad that Anna Paquin got acknowledged. She portraits Sookie exactly like I imagined her reading the books that the show is based upon.
It is also getting pretty weird that Michael C Hall is never acknowledged in these kind of award shows.
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I'm still waiting for Dexter to be acknowledged.
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Anna Paquin can't act and the new blond thing is silly
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Well you never can tell what the foreign press is going to do. And apparently they REALLY liked the Brits this time around. I think it's horribly evident that if Heath Ledger would have lived, the movie would not have even been considered. I also think cable has an advantage to network shows as they are able to show more vivid images and express more graphically than network shows. There really should be a distinction between cable and network TV.
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Are you kidding me? Anna Paquin can't act. I loved true blood but her acting was quite painful to watch.

NPH robbed!
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I have also not seen basically anything that won. And what is up with putting TV movies in the same categories with regular series? That seem really stupid to me. I also think cable shows should have their own categories. Granted, those changes would result in a gabillion categories, but they could do a separate, non-televised show for the categories only the nominees care about (kinda like the creative arts Emmys).
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I thought Paul Giamatti won for John Adams. I think that list has a mistake.
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I have a hard time putting Anna Paquin and acting in the same sentence, let alone Best Performance?
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i agree with everything that "Fwirrel" said, it is very annoying.
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It's annoying that I haven't seen anything that won, in any category. I hate how award shows always vote for things that have low ratings and that few people watch. I did not watch the Golden Globes last night mainly for that reason, and because 24 was on.
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The foreign press watches a lot more American shows than I do. I've seen only one of the shows that won.
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"i think we can mostly agree that The Dark Knight never would have been nominated in an acting category if it wasn't for his death" - I think we can mostly agree you're wrong.
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you know, im a bit fed up with main characters being relegated to "supporting actor" titles just to give those big name stars a better chance at winning. whatever happened to that category being about the little guys in the movies who then have a chance of winning?
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What is wrong with Kate Winslet? Why can’t this woman act like a normal person? Why can’t she behave with some dignity? She “acted” surprised and moved and happy, while she had her speeches ready, and was screaming nonsense like a 12 year old cheer leader just got a spot in a team. She definitely deserves an award for worst act on receiving an award. Embarrassing woman.
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NPH was robbed!! Funniest guy on TV.
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NPH was robbed for sure!
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Dexter was better then other. Why so little awards???
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Interesting set of awards. I'd heard John Adams is pretty good. 30 Rock is great.
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I'm really glad Anna Paquin won for True Blood! :D
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I still think that yeah it's nice to give the dead guy an award...even if he doesn't deserve it...since i think we can mostly agree that The Dark Knight never would have been nominated in an acting category if it wasn't for his death

And this whole idea of award's shows giving out awards to make up for wrongly passing someone over in a previous year is just ridiculous and has partially been the reason why award shows have become a mockery of themselves
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Finally we're done with John Adams dominance over the Awards programs and this year's Emmys will allow some new programs to get a shot.
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I guess we all have to watch John Adams now... hey HBO would you send us a copy please? Thanks!
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