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Golden Globes 2010: Glee breaks 30 Rock's winning streak

A promotional shot from Glee.

Story by Jack Foley

RYAN Murphy’s musical TV sensation Glee has overthrown 30 Rock to win best comedy or musical series at the 67th annual Golden Globes Awards.

The triumph broke 30 Rock‘s vice-like grip on the awards ceremony as the Tina Fey comedy has triumphed in the past two years.

But it didn’t go home completely empty-handed, as co-star Alec Baldwin once again picked up the best comedy actor prize.

Glee was the night’s big winner among the TV categories, however, and reflected the more populist choice of winner at this year’s ceremony, which extended to James Cameron’s Avatar winning best dramatic film and best director in the film categories. Find out more

And Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy was moved to comment: “I would like to thank all the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on primetime television. This show is about a lot of things, it’s about the importance of arts education. This is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school.”

Further TV prizes

Another of the night’s big TV winners was Dexter, which recently completed its fourth season to some of the best reviews of its run.

Its main star, Michael C Hall – who only last week revealed that he has been battling cancer – was named best dramatic actor, while co-star Jon Lithgow was named best supporting actor (for series, mini-series or film made for TV).

Hall, wearing a cap and looking pale, talked a little about the treatment he has been receiving for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, saying that it is now in remission.

He added: “It was nice to make a statement that I was on the road to recovery, but it’s nice to have a justifiable excuse for accessorizing.”

On Dexter‘s success itself, he added: “It’s a helluva thing to go to work at a place where everybody gives a damn.”

Lithgow, meanwhile, said: “I’ve had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months.”

The actor won for his portrayal of the Trinity Killer on the series.

While the Golden Globes did deliver some big surprises in several of the major TV categories, however, it reverted to formula for the best drama with Mad Men once again being named as the winner.

But creator Matthew Weiner maintained that he was still surprised, adding: “Television is amazing right now. My TiVo is burned out.”

Other notable winners among the TV categories were Julianna Margulies, who was named best dramatic actress for new CBS’ legal drama The Good Wife, and Toni Collette, who pipped odds-on favourites Tina Fey and Edie Falco to the best comedy actress prize for United States of Tara.

Kevin Bacon was named best actor in a movie or mini-series for his Iraq War service homage Taking Chance and Drew Barrymore took best actress in the same category for her performance in Grey Gardens, which was also named best movie or miniseries.

Barrymore commented: “I’ve been in this room since I was seven-years-old. This is my family; I have grown up here. “Thank you for taking a chance on me.”

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