'Social Network' Leads Globes With Four Wins, 'Glee' Takes Top TV Honors

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About an hour later, his costar Lynch claimed the corresponding award for supporting TV actress. She made a special point of singling out Brennan -- saying fondly, "He's a deranged young man" -- for writing her character of Sue Sylvester.

The award for best drama series went to Boardwalk, the crime-saga set in Atlantic City in the 1920s. "Holy F-ing crap, we just won a Golden Globe award," its creator, exec producer and writer Terence Winter blurted out as he took the stage.

The sumptuously-mounted show also earned best dramatic TV actor honors for Steve Buscemi, a longtime indie film stalwart, headlining his first TV series.

The award for best dramatic TV actress went to Katey Sagal for FX's Sons of Anarchy. Taking on the dramatic role as the matriarch of a bikers clan earned her her first Globe after four previous nominations for the sitcom Married...With Children. "I've just been working so many years, and I'm so honored to be up here," the actress exclaimed.

Moving in the other direction -- from drama to comedy -- also resulted in a Globe for Laura Linney. The actress, who won a Globe for the costumed miniseries John Adams two years ago, was given this year's award for best actress in a comedy for Showtime's cancer-themed series The Big C. She was not in attendance because of the death of her father, Romulus Linney.

An Emmy winner for his role as the brainy Sheldon Cooper in CBS' The Big Bang Theory, a semi-flustered Jim Parsons also copped his first Globe as best TV comedy actor. Turning to thank the show's writers, he issued a rush of words, "My writers...the writers...my writers...how crass... oh, the truth comes out!"

Carlos, director Olivier Assayas' four-hour miniseries about the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, which appeared on the Sundance Channel, beat out such other nominees as HBO's Emmy-winning Temple Grandin and The Pacific, to be named best miniseries or motion picture made for TV.

Al Pacino -- a Globe favorite, with fifteen nominations and three previous wins on his resume -- racked up his fourth Globe for his performance as Jack Kevorkian in HBO's You Don't Know Jack. "It's a great honor for me to have portrayed such an extraordinary person as Jack Kevorkian," Pacino said. "Just to sort of navigate through his life was so much fun and interesting."

Claire Danes, an Emmy-winner for her star turn in HBO's Temple Grandin, picked up more bling as best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for the award-winning telefilm. Before making her way to the stage, she embraced the real-life Grandin, a pioneer in the understanding of autism. "It's very emotional. It's just so special to be here with Temple tonight," Danes said. Among her thank-yous, she also included "the late and legendary (agent) Ed Limato," adding "I love him and I miss him."

Matt Damon was on hand to pay tribute to Robert De Niro, whose lifetime of work was recognized with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

As the curtain rose on the live NBC broadcast from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Globes, voted by the 81-member HFPA., took place this year against a backdrop of controversy. Michael Russell, a former publicist for the organization, filed a $2-million suit against the HFPA on Thursday, accusing the group of "payola" and "unethical and potentially unlawful deals." The HFPA denied the allegations Friday and said it will vigorously fight the charges.

At the same time, the HFPA is involved in a second legal battle, suing Dick Clark Prods., alleging DCP signed an agreement with NBC to broadcast the Globes through 2018 without the HFPA's consent. Dick Clark Prods. has asked a federal court to dismiss the suit, arguing that it has the right to produce the show "in perpetuity" as long as it remains on NBC.

In his opening remarks, the evening's emcee Ricky Gervais acknowledged the criticism that surrounded the Globe nominations, especially those that went to the movie The Tourist. He called the charge that the HFPA nominated the movie so that its members could hang out with its stars like Depp and Angelina Jolie "rubbish," adding "they also accepted bribes."

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