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'Mad Men,' 'Longford,' 'Damages,' 'Extras' find favor with HFPAThe 65th Golden Globes went mad for offbeat cable shows Sunday.
It was a big night for AMC's rookie period drama "Mad Men," which won best drama series and best actor in a drama series for star Jon Hamm, while HBO's "Extras" was named best comedy series.
HBO's telefilm "Longford" led the trophy tally with three wins, including best TV movie or miniseries, while HBO dominated the network field with six awards, including a clean sweep of all longform categories.
It was 2-for-2 for basic cable channel AMC, which converted both of its nominations into wins for "Mad Men," its first original series.
"It validates our strategy of putting high-quality cinematic original programming on the air," AMC GM Charlie Collier said via phone from the penthouse at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, where AMC execs celebrated the wins with "Mad Men" producers and cast.
The victories were an ever stronger validation for "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, who spent eight years trying to get the show made.
"After I worked for so long to make this happen, making the show was the great reward, and to have the Hollywood Foreign Press recognize it just blew my mind," Weiner said.
Still, not being able to attend a traditional Golden Globes ceremony took away some of the joy.
"As someone who grew up in Los Angeles, you want to be in that room with the movie stars," Weiner said. "I would've loved to have made a speech and thanked my wife on international television. I've been rehearsing that speech since I was a little boy and would've loved to have given it."
After dominating the nomination field, cable programs swept the Globes, winning all but one category — best actress in a comedy series, which went to Tina Fey of NBC's Emmy-winning "30 Rock."
"Mad Men" and "Extras" also ended ABC's two-year lock on the best series categories with "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty."
The HFPA loves "Extras" creator Ricky Gervais, who also won the best comedy series category in 2005 for his original British "The Office."
FX's freshman legal drama "Damages," which entered the race tied with "Longford" for most nominations — four — won one, for lead actress Glenn Close.
Eleven years after winning best actor in a drama series for "The X-Files," David Duchovny nabbed the same prize on the comedy side for Showtime's racy freshman comedy "Californication."
After three previous Golden Globes nominations and two Emmy Awards, Jeremy Piven of HBO's "Entourage" landed his first Globe for his portrayal of larger-than-life agent Ari Gold.
It was a great comeback for "Longford," which was shut out at the Emmys after five nominations.
In addition to best TV movie or miniseries, "Longford" won for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries (Jim Broadbent) and best supporting actress (Samantha Morton).
In taking the supporting actress category, which encompasses TV movies and miniseries as well as drama and comedy series, Morton defeated two reigning Emmy champs, Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy" and Jaime Pressly of NBC's "My Name Is Earl."
Queen Latifah won best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her portrayal of a drug addict-turned-AIDS activist in HBO's "Life Support," which she also executive produced.