Ah, we got our first full-on glitz-and-glamour fest of the awards season with the Golden Globes on NBC last Sunday night. Head to the Golden Globes site for a full list of winners. The Globes is the only place where we get to see the combination of both TV and movies, and also celebrities spending the night drinking endless amounts of alcohol. Obviously, it’s a fun night.
Ricky Gervais returned to host for the third time, and I think he really was toned down from last year. I don’t know that “toned down” is the best choice of words; I don’t think he intentionally made the jokes this year any less pointed, I think they just happened to be that way. Anyway, it was still very funny and you can watch his opening monologue here:
Now let’s dive into the TV awards:
- Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical: Laura Dern, Enlightenment
I was extremely surprised by this. Does anyone watch this show? When I first saw commercials for the show, I couldn’t have even told you it was a comedy. It just looked like a big pile of mess waiting to get cancelled after two episodes. Obviously, the best part of this award was Tina Fey leaning into Amy Poehler’s shot when they announced Amy as a nominee.
- Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: Downton Abbey
This was definitely a shoo-in, especially after winning in the Emmy in September. My only question is, when does a series go from a TV mini-series to a full-on TV series? I thought the fact that the series has multiple seasons put it in the TV series category; but is it the number of episodes per season what keeps it in the TV mini-series category? Somebody fill me in.
- Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Again, no surprise since Kate Winslet won the Emmy (and because Kate is flawless). I found it funny that the Mildred Pierce table was apparently way at the back of the theater, and it took her like 5 minutes to get up to the stage. HFPA, how dare you people sit Queen Kate Winslet in the back of a theater??
- Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama: Kelsey Grammar, Boss
I would have guessed awards show favorites Bryan Cranston or Steve Buscemi would win, or maybe even Damian Lewis with all the new Homeland hype, so this was a surprise. What was more surprising was how startlingly cheerful and excited presenter Paula Patton was while presenting this award and the next one.
- Best TV Series – Drama: Homeland
This win was no surprise, especially since the Globes are more prone to award new shows than other award shows are. I haven’t watched this show yet, but I’ve only heard enormous praise.
- Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther
I pretty much had no opinion or expectation for this category so…yay for the gatekeeper from Thor!
- Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Yet another repeat win from the Emmys, and we had another fun photobomb moment when Jesse Tyler Ferguson held up a note saying “whatever” behind co-star Eric Stonestreet’s head when Eric was announced as a nominee (Jesse was not nominated). I also liked Peter’s story in his acceptance speech that his mom told him she thought Guy Pearce would win instead of Peter.
- Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange may be a Hollywood legend, but not more so than Maggie Smith (Dame Maggie Smith, yall). I’m a little bitter. BUT William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman win best presenters because they sang a little jingle in perfect harmony and it was AWESOME. (Watch the first 20 seconds of the clip below to see)
- Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
I love Claire Danes, and I was so happy for her to win this.
- Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
I was pretty surprised by this one. As a 30 Rock fan I’m pretty partial to Alec Baldwin winning; but since Matt LeBlanc has no awards from Friends, I’m more than happy to let him have this one.
- Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical: Modern Family
Let’s face it, Mod Fam is wonderful, hilarious, and has real heart to it – it definitely deserves this award.