It's always hard to find a clear-cut winner when it comes to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but if there was one for television, it would have to be Showtime's "Homeland."
The series, which featured an intense investigation of possible American-born terrorists turned while prisoners of war, took home two Golden Globes Sunday, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for Claire Danes, as well as Best Television Series-Drama.
Both awards including some stiff competition. For Daines, she was up against Mireille Enos from "The Killing," Emmy winner Julianna Margulies from "The Good Wife," Madeline Stowe from ABC's "Revenge" and Callie Thorne from "Necessary Roughness." In the drama television category, the other nominees were "American Horror Story" on FX, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" on HBO, and "Boss" on Starz.
"Boss" didn't win much, but it wasn't nominated for much, either. However, it did win a Golden Globe for Kelsey Grammer, who plays the dying Chicago mayor not afraid to bend and break the law to get what he wants. It was Grammer's third win in nine tries, taking home a statue previously for "Frasier" in 1996 and 2001. Grammer has had far more luck when it comes to the Emmy, winning five times in 17 tries.
On the comedy or musical side, the field of winners was quite diverse. "Modern Family" on ABC won Best Television Series ahead of "Enlightened," "Episodes," "Glee" and "New Girl." However, it would be Laura Dern winning for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical, beating out Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Laura Linney ("The Big C") and Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation").
Matt LeBlanc was able to find his way to his first Golden Globe by winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical for Showtime's "Episodes." He beat Alec Baldwin from "30 Rock," David Duchovny from "Californication," Johnny Galecki from "The Big Bang Theory" and Thomas Jane from "Hung."
PBS' "Downton Abbey" continues to win awards, winning Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television, ahead of BBC America's "The Hour," and three HBO productions, "Cinema Verite," "Mildred Pierce" and "Too Big to Fail."
Kate Winslet won Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television for "Mildred Pierce" on HBO, beating Romola Garai from "The Hour," Diane Lane from "Cinema Verite," Elizabeth McGovern in "Downton Abbey" and Emily Watson from "Appropriate Adult."
Idris Elba won Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Luther," beating Hugh Bonneville from "Downton Abbey," William Hurt from "Too Big to Fail," Bill Nighy from "Page Eight" and Dominic West from "The Hour."
Jessica Lange took home her fifth Golden Globe for "American Horror Story." She beat Kelly MacDonald from "Boardwalk Empire," Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey," Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" and Evan Rachel Wood from "Mildred Pierce." Lange has been nominated for 12 Golden Globes over the years, winning for the first time in 1977 for "King Kong," and following up with wins from "Tootsie" in 1983, "Blue Sky" in 1995, and "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1996.
Finally, Peter Dinklage followed up his Emmy win with a Golden Globe award for his role in "Game of Thrones." He competed against Paul Giamatti from "Too Big to Fail," Guy Pearce from "Mildred Pierce," Tim Robbins from "Cinema Verite" and Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family."
Despite his controversial outing last year, Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globes, once again poking fun at the establishment, and most especially NBC. He called it the fourth-best network (correcting himself from calling it this third-best network," and equated it with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as both being "non-profit" entities.
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