The Hollywood Foreign Press championed several shows that push the envelope in terms of content when it unsealed the winners in the television categories at this year’s Golden Globe Awards Jan. 16.
FX’s often graphic look at Miami plastic surgeons, “Nip/ Tuck,” won the Golden Globe for best television drama series, while ABC’s satiric take on suburbia, “Desperate Housewives,” won for best TV comedy series.
“Nip/Tuck” creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy said in his acceptance speech that it would be easy to think the show was about just “Botox abuse and bad boob jobs,” but he and his team were attempting a show about “the deeply felt American phenomenon of personal transformation.”
Backstage, Mr. Murphy praised FX for allowing his risk-taking show the freedom to be creative.
“For me, FX is now the place to go for vanguard programming in town,” he said. “With our show and `The Shield’ and `Rescue Me,’ that team has shown that they’re pretty fearless. Peter Liguori [president and CEO of FX Networks] is a great supporter of the First Amendment. We get hammered almost every week now with these different organizations. He just lets us tell our stories and he never says no.”
“Everyone in this room has had ups and downs,” “Housewives” creator and executive producer Marc Cherry said in his acceptance speech, noting that he couldn’t even get an interview for 21/2 years. Besides thanking the cast and crew, he thanked his mother for financial and creative support.
“She gave me the idea for a hit TV show,” he said. “Now that’s good parenting.”
Along with “Housewives”‘ best comedy win, the show’s Teri Hatcher beat out two of her co-stars, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, as well as “Will & Grace’s” Debra Messing and “Sex and the City’s” Sarah Jessica Parker to bring home a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a television series-musical or comedy.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been nominated for anything my whole life,” Ms. Hatcher said, thanking Mr. Cherry for writing her “the most amazing part” and thanking ABC for being “the network who gave me a second chance.” More than a decade ago Ms. Hatcher was a series regular on ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
ABC also picked up a supporting actor trophy for William Shatner’s performance on “Boston Legal” for a total of three wins-second among all networks only to HBO, which had four wins. HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” took two prizes, for best miniseries or motion picture made for television and for its star Geoffrey Rush, who won in the category of best performance by an actor in a miniseries or a motion picture made for television.
Fox, NBC, FX and Showtime each had one win.
Held in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the celebrity-heavy Golden Globes are a rare confluence of the feature film and television industries. Unlike most awards ceremonies in Hollywood, the hotel location, as opposed to a theater, puts film and television talent within arm’s length of fans, many of whom rent rooms in the Hilton specifically to be close to the celebrity action.
The Hilton was also the location for five major after-parties, although many industry insiders were surprised that Disney, which owns ABC and Touchstone Studios, didn’t use its seven nominations (five for “Housewives,” one each for “Alias” and “Scrubs”) as an excuse to throw a soiree.
Another venue would have been welcomed, considering that ticket-holding partygoers trying to get into the InStyle Magazine/Warner Bros. post-event and the NBC/ Universal Studios/ Focus Features party (last year NBC and Universal had two separate parties) were stuck in the same bottleneck of a line-entrances to the two parties were next to each other.
Things were so bad that at one point Bruce Rosenblum, executive VP of Warner Bros. Television Group and one of the top executives at the company, was temporarily shut out of his own party (along with hundreds of fuming partygoers).
ABC’s renewed strength on Sunday nights, procedural reruns on CBS and a double run of “Family Guy” on Fox all took a toll on NBC’s Golden Globes telecast. In the adults 18 to 49 demographic, the Golden Globes were down 42 percent from last year’s 9.9 rating to a 5.7, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the lowest-rated telecast for the Golden Globes in the history of its run on broadcast television.
Among other winners, Ian McShane of HBO’s “Deadwood” went home with the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series. He called his role in the gritty Western “the best gig I’ve ever had.”
Mariska Hargitay won for best actress in a drama series for her work on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” In her acceptance speech she referenced her parents, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, noting that her father was at the Golden Globes in 1957 when her mother accepted an award for most promising female newcomer. “And I’m lucky enough tonight to have my father here with me, and I just want to say that you are my hero,” she said.