Golden Globes embrace TV newcomers

The Golden Globes continued their love affair with new TV fare. Only one of its six series awards went to a returning show as “Modern Family” finally prevailed as Best Comedy on its third try. Otherwise, it was all rookies appearing at the podium. (See full list of winners here)

Homeland” won Best Drama Series for its first season on Showtime. It beat last year’s champ “Boardwalk Empire” and three other rookie shows — “American Horror Story,” “Boss” and “Game of Thrones.”

And “Homeland” star Claire Danes claimed Best Drama Actress, getting a bookend to her 1994 win for “My So-Called Life.” She is three-for-three with the Globes, having prevailed last year for her starring role in the telefilm “Temple Grandin.” 

Kelsey Grammer won his first Drama Actor prize for the freshman Starz series “Boss” to join the pair of Comedy Actor trophies he has for “Cheers.” Among those he defeated was last year’s winner Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) as well as Bryan Cranston who may have three Emmys but is still without a Globe for “Breaking Bad.” 

Matt LeBlanc won Best Comedy Actor for the first season of Showtime’s “Episodes.” Playing an exaggerated version of himself proved more winning than his role of Joey Tribiani on “Friends” and “Joey” where he lost this category three times. 

After winning twice for supporting turns in telefilms, Laura Dern won Best Comedy Actress for her first TV series, the new HBO laffer “Enlightened.” Among those she defeated was another rookie series star Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) as well as last year’s winner Laura Linney (“The Big C”) and  two-time champ Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” 2007; 2008). The HFPA really didn’t take to Emmy champ Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) who was also snubbed on the film side for “Bridesmaids.” 

Downton Abbey” repeated its Emmy win, prevailing in the Movie/Miniseries race edging out, among others, “Mildred Pierce” which saw its star Kate Winslet win Movie/Mini Actress just as she had at the Emmys. Idris Elba took Movie/Mini Actor for “Luther.” 

Jessica Lange won her fifth Golden Globe for her turn on the new series “American Horror Story.” She won prizes for both her Oscar-winning roles in “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky” as well as the TV version of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Her fifth trophy was for her debut in “King Kong.” 

And Peter Dinklage now has a Golden Globe to join the Emmy he won last September for his supporting performance on the first season of “Game of Thrones.” 

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