Mad Men, Extras lead lackluster Globes

The 65th Golden Globe Awards were held last night, but the usual hoopla of worshipping celebrities was reduced down to a few flash bulbs. The awards show, normally one of Hollywood's hottest nights and a precursor to the Oscars, was whittled down to a mere press conference as the writers strike continues to interfere with Tinseltown's day-to-day operations.

While the red carpet was nowhere to be seen and stars stayed at home, awards were still announced during the speedy 30-minute event. Cable channel AMC, which got its start replaying old classic movies, parlayed its first major original programming hit into two awards, including best drama and best dramatic actor for lead Jon Hamm.

TNT's Damages continued its showing as an awards show juggernaut, with Glenn Close recognized for best actress in a drama for her role as a ruthless litigation lawyer. On the comedy side, Saturday Night Live alum and fan favorite Tina Fey was awarded the Globe for best actress in a comedy series for 30 Rock.

HBO's Extras, which just wrapped up its two-year run before being put out to pasture, grabbed the prize for best comedy, but its lead and creator, Ricky Gervais, was unable to repeat the best actor award he won at last year's Primetime Emmys. This time, the honor went to former X-Files star David Duchovny, for his role as a sex-addicted writer in Showtime's Californication.

Jeremy Piven, whose Hollywood 'tude is legendary, proved once again the he really knows how to play a conniving, insult-spewing, heartless Hollywood agent, as he was given the award for best supporting actor for his depiction of Ari Gold in Entourage. Samantha Morton won the supporting actress award for HBO's Longford, which also won the best actor in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie (Jim Broadbent) and best miniseries or made-for-TV movie awards. The final television-related award went to Queen Latifah, for her role in Life Support.

On the film side, Atonement and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street won the big awards for best drama and best comedy or musical, respectively. Acting nods went to Julie Christie (Away From Her), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), and Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd).

Without the stars on hand, the awards were presented by a variety pack entertainment-television journalists from magazine-style shows, such as Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight. Many called the presentation "sorry," "boring," or "glum," while others said it was a "quick and painless" alternative to the typical drawn-out affairs. It is currently unclear whether next month's Academy Awards--Hollywood's premiere gala event--will also go on sans stars. With no stars to dress up, primp, serve, or park cars for, it is estimated that the cancellation of the Golden Globes cost the Los Angeles economy $80 million dollars.

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