Golden Globes pick the best TV of 2016: ‘The Night Manager’ tops ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Crown’ & ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ as biggest winner

Every year the Golden Globes shock and surprise us with their announcements of the TV winners, and this year is no different. What do you think of this year’s crop of winners (and losers) from the 2017 Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon? In the final tally, “The Night Manager” tops all TV show with three wins, while “Atlanta,” “The Crown” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” all came away with two. Read our TV live blog below.

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Best TV Drama Actor, presented by Priyanka Chopra and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was awarded to Billy Bob Thornton for Amazon’s “Goliath.” That was a surprise considering that Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) was coming off a major Emmy win from just a few months ago. The Thornton upset marks the first time Amazon has won in the drama categories, an awards campaign guided in part by the new consulting firm Licata & Co.

Let this be a lesson to you all: Never bet against a movie star in a TV series, especially one that has Licata and Co. managing his show’s awards campaign.

Best TV Comedy Actress, presented by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, went to Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”). This was her first nomination for the three-year old ABC comedy, proving that Globes voters are sometimes late to the party. We loved Olyphant’s joke that the nominees should be announced in order from fifth to first — that would make predicting next year so much easier!

Moments later, “Atlanta” won Best Comedy Series, becoming the first FX comedy to achieve such a feat. Creator/star Donald Glover accepted the trophy from Barrymore and Olyphant, shouting, “This is incredible!”

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Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress, presented by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, echoed the Emmys’ choice of Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”). This is Paulson’s first Golden Globe, but something tells us it won’t be her last. She thanked Marica Clark for her “unapologetic fierceness” as well as program creator Ryan Murphy.

Paulson came back out onstage seconds later to join in the celebration of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” winning Best TV Movie/Limited Series. Was there ever any doubt for this FX juggernaut? Nope!

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Best TV Supporting Actor, presented by Matt Bomer and Naomi Campbell, was awarded to Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”) in a huge shocker. This previous two-time champ for “House” unseated not one, but two frontrunners to claim victory: Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and John Lithgow (“The Crown”).

Best TV Supporting Actress, presented by Kristen Bell and Cuba Gooding, Jr., went to Olivia Colman (“The Night Manger”). Just like her co-star Laurie, not many prognosticators predicted her to win, proving that the Globes are, once again, one of the most unpredictable awards shows out there.

Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor, presented by Anna Kendrick and Justin Theroux, decided to honor the movie star of the bunch by giving Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) the trophy. He took a political approach to his speech by spreading the word about the crisis in Sudan.

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Best TV Drama Actress, presented by Laura Dern and Jon Hamm, honored Brit star Claire Foy (“The Crown”) with her first Globe on her first nomination. She plays a young version of Queen Elizabeth in the expensive Netflix production, whom she thanked in her speech.

Foy then joined the cast and crew of her show when it was honored as Best TV Drama Series by Dern and Hamm, continuing the Globes’ unique pattern of linking up a program with an acting trophy. Alas, Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), you were robbed!

Best TV Comedy Actor, presented by Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, went to “Atlanta” star Glover, who seemed gobsmacked at winning not one, but two trophies tonight. “Everybody in here is magical to me,” Glover said at the podium.

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