HBO, '30 Rock' nearly sweep Globes
'Mad Men' takes home statue for best drama seriesHBO's "John Adams" and NBC's "30 Rock" dominated the Golden Globes television categories Sunday night, winning every award for which they were nominated.
Viewers will be forgiven if they thought they were watching a repeat of last year's Emmys given that most of the same programs and actors received honors. "Adams" took the most awards (four), including best movie or miniseries, and actor Paul Giamatti won for his portrayal of the second U.S. president. "Rock" captured three awards, including its first Golden Globe for comedy series after winning the best series Emmy for the past two years.
"Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on," "Rock" co-star Tracy Morgan said. "Welcome to post-racial America."
HBO once again won the most awards of any network, claiming seven statues. Until nearly the end of the telecast -- when AMC's "Mad Men" won for best drama series -- HBO programs and "Rock" beat competitors in every category.
Although "Mad Men" was favored to win again this year, the award marks a rare consecutive Globes series victory.
"It's been an amazing experience the last two years, and the fact that we did it again ... maybe it wasn't a fluke," "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner said.
AMC says "Mad Men" will return in the summer, but Weiner still is not on board because of a protracted salary negotiation. Backstage, he expressed confidence the issue will be resolved.
"I have every intention of coming back to the show," he said. "It is my child. I am very close to it."
The only freshman shows that cracked the Globes series nomination categories this year -- HBO's "True Blood" and "In Treatment" -- took home honors in the acting categories instead. "Treatment" star Gabriel Byrne won his first major acting award, and "Blood" actress Anna Paquin collected her first major award since she won a surprise Oscar at age 11 for "The Piano."
"That was blurry and crazy," she said backstage of her Oscar win. "This is actually blurry and crazy, too you but at least I am old enough to drink and stay out past 10 p.m."
Other "John Adams" wins included Laura Linney for movie/mini actress and Tom Wilkinson for supporting actor. Laura Dern also won for HBO's "Recount" and made one of the several political references uttered during the telecast and backstage.
Following up their Emmy wins last year, Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin won for best comedy actress and actor.
"If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet, and you can find a lot of people there who don't like you," Fey said. "I'd like to address some of them now," then she told several online bashers to "suck it."
Fey and Baldwin, who have praised NBC for showing patience with their show, were asked about the network's plan to hand its 10 p.m. hour over to Jay Leno next fall.
"We are Leno's lead-in on Thursday," Baldwin said.
"Good luck, Leno," Fey said. "Good luck with that."