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Golden Globes 2009: John Adams leads TV winners

Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in John Adams

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED mini-series John Adams followed up its record-breaking Emmy success (where it won 13) with a further four prizes at the 2009 Golden Globes ceremony.

It was named best mini-series, with additional awards for lead actors Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, as well as British co-star Tom Wilkinson, who was recognised for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin.

The epic follows the life and career of the United States’ second president and was directed by another Brit, Tom Hooper.

Best actor Giamatti, whose film CV includes Sideways and The Lady In The Water, said upon receiving his prize: “This was a helluva job, a helluva job, this little costume drama we put on.”

Another big winner on the small screen was popular sitcom 30 Rock, which picked up the best TV comedy prize, as well as trophies for its leading stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Mad Men, meanwhile, was named best TV drama ahead of serial killer thriller Dexter and medical series House.

Further British success came for Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, who was named best actor in a TV drama for In Treatment, ahead of Brits Hugh Laurie (House) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).

While former X-Men star Anna Paquin was named best actress in a TV drama for True Blood.

Laura Dern completed the TV winners by being named best supporting actress for her role in Recount, ahead of Eileen Atkins (for the BBC drama Cranford) and Rachel Griffiths (for Brothers & Sisters).

See the winners in full