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Golden Globes 2013: Homeland and Girls among big winners


Story by Jack Foley

HOMELAND and Girls were the big winners among the TV categories at the 2013 Golden Globes.

But there was also an award for Downton Abbey, which earned Dame Maggie Smith a prize as best supporting actress.

Homeland was crowned best TV drama, with British actor Damian Lewis beating the likes of Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm to best TV actor for his role in the series. Claire Danes also took home best actress for a second year running.

Upon accepting the award for best drama, executive producer Alex Gansa said: “All of us at Homeland, we fairly killed ourselves trying to live up to the hype of the first season. This award tells me just maybe we didn’t screw it up.”

Lewis, meanwhile, described his trophy as “a little piece of treasure” and dedicated his award to his mum who, he said, “I know is up there looking down on me tonight bursting with pride and telling everyone how well her son is doing in ‘acting’”.

Girls, meanwhile, took best comedy series, edging out usual awards dominator Modern Family.

Its star and creator, Lena Dunham, also took home honours in the comedy actress category, beating the ceremony’s co-hosts Tina Fey of 30 Rock and Amy Poehler of Parks & Recreation, in the process.

In her acceptance speech, Dunham acknowledged executive producer Judd Apatow, who she described as “the greatest man and an honorary Girl“.

In other major TV categories, Homeland missed out on a clean sweep of awards when Mandy Patinkin lost out to Ed Harris of HBO’s Game Change in the best supporting actor category.

Game Change, which chronicled the 2008 presidential election, won in every category in which it was nominated, with Julianne Moore collecting best actress in miniseries/movie for her portrayal of Sarah Palin.

And in what many described as one of the night’s biggest surprises, Don Cheadle was named best actor in the comedy category for first year of House of Lies, ahead of Jim Parsons (for The Big Bang Theory) and regular winner Alec Baldwin (of 30 Rock fame).

Kevin Costner took home the best actor (mini-series or motion picture made for TV) for Hatfields & McCoys and, as previously mentioned, Dame Maggie Smith picked up Downton Abbey‘s sole award in the best supporting actress category.

She was not able to attend the ceremony, with the trophy being accepted on her behalf by Kerry Washington and Dennis Quaid.

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