“Big Little Lies” won each of the four Golden Globes races in which it contended: Best Limited Series, Best TV Movie/Limited Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard) and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern). This haul makes “Big Little Lies” the biggest winner among TV shows at the Golden Globes since “John Adams” won four awards in 2008.
Two other shows in contention at this year’s awards — the drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — each won their genre awards as well as for their respective leading ladies Elisabeth Moss and Rachel Brosnahan.
Since the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. added categories to cover limited series in 1980, only three of these television events have won four or more awards:
The Thorn Birds (1983): 4 wins
Best Movie/Minseries, Movie/Mini Actor, Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, Movie/Mini Supporting Actress;
“Angels in America” (2003): 5 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Al Pacino), Movie/Mini Actress (Meryl Streep), TV Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright), TV Supporting Actress (Mary-Louise Parker); and
“John Adams” (2008): 4 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Paul Giamatti), Movie/Mini Actress (Laura Linney), TV Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson)