The Golden Globes 2011: Glee scoops three TV awards
Story by Jack Foley
MUSIC sensation Glee emerged as the main winner among the TV nominees at this year’s Golden Globes.
The Ryan Murphy created musical comedy drama was crowned best comedy series, while two of its stars, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch, took supporting acting statuettes.
Murphy thanked Fox execs who have supported the show when receiving the comedy prize, while writing Ian Brennan threw the spotlight onto public school teachers in America, saying: “You don’t get paid like it, but you are doing the most important work in America.”
Colfer, meanwhile, was applauded when he was named best TV supporting actor for his role as gay teen Kurt Hummel, and he thanked Murphy for “basically being my fairy godfather”.
He also offered a special word “to all the amazing kids who watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates”.
Lynch, meanwhile, was on typically acerbically witty form upon receiving her trophy, thanking Brennan and describing him as “a deranged young man” for writing her character, Sue Sylvester.
Martin Scorsese’s HBO gangster drama Boardwalk Empire also did well, being named best drama series and scooping an additional accolade for its lead actor Steve Buscemi.
The drama – which is heading our way soon – follows the birth of Atlantic City in the 1920s and its award prompted the show’s creator, executive producer and writer Terence Winter to gasp: “Holy f**ing crap, we just won a Golden Globe award!”
The best dramatic actress prize went to Katey Sagal for her portrayal of the matriarch of a bikers clan in FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
In the comedy or musical categories, Laura Linney, who won a Globe for costumed mini-series John Adams two years ago, was given this year’s award for best actress in a comedy for Showtime’s cancer-themed series The Big C.
Sadly, she could not attend the ceremony because of the death of her father, Romulus Linney.
Jim Parsons grabbed his first Globe as best TV comedy actor for his performance as the brainy Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Further prizes went to Al Pacino, who racked up his fourth Globe for his performance as Jack Kervorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack.
The actor, who now have 15 nominations and four wins on his CV, said: “It’s a great honour for me to have portrayed such an extraordinary person as Jack Kervorkian. Just to sort of navigate through his life was so much fun and interesting.”
In one of the night’s biggest surprises (and there weren’t that many), Carlos, a four-hour mini-series from director Olivier Assayas about the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, beat out fellow nominees Temple Grandin and The Pacific, to be named best mini-series or motion picture made for TV.
But HBO’s Temple Grandin was recognised with a prize for best actress in a mini-series or TV movie for Claire Danes, who embraced the real-life Grandin on her way to the stage and thanked her for being a pioneer in the understanding of autism.
She then commented: “It’s very emotional. It’s just so special to be here with Temple tonight.”
Among her thank-yous, she also included “the late and legendary (agent) Ed Limato,” adding: “I love him and I miss him.”
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