“Big Little Lies” pulled off an astonishing four wins at the Golden Globes Sunday night, joining a list of only five other shows to take home at least that many awards in one night. The HBO series won Best Limited Series/TV Movie, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, Best Supporting Actor for Alexander Skarsgard and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern. This is the most any show has won at the Golden Globes in nine years.
The Golden Globes like to spread the wealth around on the TV side, but when they like you, they really like you. The other shows to receive four wins from the HFPA in one night include “John Adams” in 2009, “The Sopranos” in 2000, “The Thorn Birds” in 1984 and “Rich Man, Poor Man” in 1977. “Angels in America” (2003) is the only television program to win five awards, sweeping every category in which it was eligible.
There have been numerous series that came away with three victories. We’ve seen this kind of a haul from “The Night Manager” last year, “Homeland” and “Game Change” in 2013, “Glee” in 2011 and “Longford” in 2008.
There have also been many examples of classic shows that earned three Globes in one night, including “Cheers,” “Roseanne,” “Seinfeld,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.” But getting into that exclusive club of four nominations is notoriously tough.
Four was the maximum number of awards “Big Little Lies” could have received, despite the series earning six nominations. Kidman and Dern beat their nominated co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, respectively. However, Witherspoon technically prevailed as one of the producers when “Big Little Lies” won Best Limited Series/TV Movie.
“Big Little Lies” came close to tying the record for most nominated TV series in one year, with “The Thorn Birds” in 1984 and “L.A. Law” in 1990 holding the record at eight apiece.