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
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
Jonathan Rhys Meyers--The Tudors
Best Television Series--Comedy or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
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
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin--30 Rock
Steve Carell--The Office
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)
Bernard And Doris (HBO)
John Adams (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
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
Kiefer Sutherland--24: Redemption
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
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
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.