Some exciting surprises in the TV categories at the 69th Annual Golden Globes, which were announced on Sunday night, Jan. 15, 2012. To see a complete list of Golden Globe winners, please click here.
Showtime’s freshman drama, "Homeland," run by former "24" showrunner Howard Gordon, picked up the Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Drama.
And "Homeland" co-star Claire Danes picked up her third Golden Globe when she was named Best Actress in a TV Drama series. Danes had previously won for ABC’s "My So-called Life" and for HBO’s "Temple Grandin."
Nabbing the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama was Kelsey Grammer in Starz’ freshman "Boss" series. It was Grammer’s third Golden Globe; the other two were for "Frasier."
ABC’s "Modern Family" took the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical series, with Laura Dern of HBO’s "Enlightened" picking up the award for Best Actress in the category.
And Matt LeBlanc won the Best Actor in a Comedy series for playing a character named Matt LeBlanc on Showtime’s "Episodes." In his acceptance speech the former "Friends" star quipped that the Matt LeBlanc on the series is far more interesting than the real Matt LeBlanc.
Ricky Gervais, hosting the Golden Globes for the third time, was not afraid of using raunchy material in his opening monologue, though the show was live on NBC early in the evening, at 8 p.m (5 p.m. on the West Coast).
Here’s some of what Gervais said, as noted by the website contactmusic.com:
"The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult you or cause any controversy, they would invite me back next year.
"[They gave me] a list of rules, and this is real. No profanity. That’s fine. I’ve got a huge vocabulary.
"No nudity. See, that’s a shame, because I’ve got a huge … vocabulary, but tiny penis. It works. I don’t care. It’s fine.
"No smut or innuendo. Or I’m not to libel anyone.
"And I must not mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films or especially not Jodie Foster’s beaver. I haven’t seen it myself. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys – they haven’t seen it either but that doesn’t mean it’s not good."
However, Jodie appeared to take it all in good humour and responded with a thumbs-up sign before clapping.
Later in the show, as contactmusic.com notes:
One person who didn’t take too kindly to Ricky’s jokes was ‘W.E.’ director Madonna.
He quipped: "Our next presenter is the Queen of Pop.
"No, not you Elton. She’s all woman. She’s always vogue, she’s a Material Girl and she’s just like a virgin. Please welcome Madonna."
Madonna fired back: "If I’m still a virgin Ricky, then why don’t you come on do something about it? I haven’t kissed a girl in a few years. On TV."
Laura Dern wins Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in TV Series, Comedy or Musical: