‘Homeland’ wins big in TV awards
15 Jan 2013
BEVERLY HILLS — Post 9/11 psychological thriller, Homeland, was the big winner of the Golden Globe awards for television drama on Sunday for the second season running, while brash newcomer Girls and its struggling New York 20-somethings took home top comedy honours.
Homeland won best drama — beating Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey and The Newsroom — and its actors, Damian Lewis, who plays a returning Iraq veteran turned by al Qaeda, and Claire Danes, who portrays a bipolar CIA agent, were named best actor, drama and best actress, drama, respectively.
“All of us killed ourselves to live up to the hype of the first season, and this tells me that maybe we did not screw this up,” said Alex Gansa, executive producer for the series that is in its second season.
Homeland won best drama at last September’s Emmys, the top awards in television, ending the reign of stylish sixties advertising show Mad Men.
But the Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for film and television, took a different path on comedy by choosing Girls over perennial favourite Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Episodes and Smash.
Girls’ creator and writer Lena Dunham won best actress in a comedy series, in which the 26-year-old bares herself, both physically and emotionally.
The series tells the tale of Dunham and three girlfriends in Brooklyn, coping with boyfriends, sexuality, low or no-paying jobs and the end to parental support. It has raised eyebrows for its nudity and graphic sex scenes, and the self-absorbed ways of its privileged young women.
“I think when you get criticism, you have to be elegant about it, appreciate it and understand it,” said Dunham backstage, adding: “I’m sure people dislike the show for plenty of reasons.”
In the mini-series or TV movie category, the Globes favoured Game Change, a take on Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise and subsequent fall in American politics, over Hitchcock drama, The Girl; Hatfields and McCoys, which details a historic family feud in the American south; The Hour, a behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England; and Political Animals, about a divorced, former United States first lady, who is currently serving as the Secretary of State.
Julianne Moore, who played Palin with an uncanny physical resemblance, won best actress in a TV movie, while her co-star, Ed Harris, took best supporting actor for his portrayal of Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the 2008 election.
“This was in no way a biopic or a character assassination, it was a story about our political process,” said Moore backstage. “This is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.”
Palin famously panned Moore’s performance.
Kevin Costner won best actor for Hatfields and McCoys, while Don Cheadle took the best actor for a TV comedy with House of Lies, a biting satire of the world of management consultants.
Veteran British actress Maggie Smith won best supporting actress for her portrayal as the acerbic Dowager Countess of Grantham in the popular period drama Downton Abbey.