Pay-cable rivals HBO and Showtime were the big winners in the television categories at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, with HBO’s “Game Change” and “Girls” and Showtime’s “Homeland” and “House of Lies” claiming most of the awards.
Showtime’s “Homeland” swept the major TV drama awards, winning for best drama while Claire Danes won for best actress and Damian Lewis won for best actor.
HBO, meanwhile, scored in the comedy and musical category with “Girls” and in the miniseries or TV movie category with “Game Change.” “Girls” won best comedy or musical series, while its star Lena Dunham won best actress. “Game Change” was named best among the TV movies and miniseries, with Julianne Moore winning best actress.
Showtime’s “House of Lies” also picked up a big win, with Don Cheadle named best actor in a comedy or musical series.
History broke the pay-cable stranglehold on the top awards with a win for Kevin Costner as best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for “Hatfields & McCoys.”
In the supporting acting categories, where drama and comedy series compete directly with miniseries and TV movies, Ed Harris was named best supporting actor for “Game Change” while PBS’s “Downton Abbey” picked up a win for Maggie Smith as best supporting actress.
A surprise in the movie categories was the awarding of best director to Ben Affleck for “Argo,” which was also named best drama. Affleck’s film has also been nominated for an Academy Award for best movie, but Affleck failed to pick up an Oscar nomination for best director.
The Golden Globe for best comedy or musical went to another strong Oscars contender, “Les Miserables.”
The Cecil B. DeMille Award was presented to actress Jodie Foster.
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