‘Betty,’ Ferrera, Win Golden Globes

Jan 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Freshman ABC series “Ugly Betty” racked up two major Golden Globe awards, taking home honors for outstanding comedy television series and best actress.

“Betty” triumphed over a strong field, defeating last year’s winner “The Office,” as well as “Weeds,” “Entourage” and “Desperate Housewives.” A tearful “Betty” star America Ferrera accepted the best actress honor, beating out Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker.

The win helps solidify “Betty” as a breakout series for ABC, which has otherwise had few bright spots among its new fall schedule. The Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for honoring breakout series and performers, and can increase the likelihood of an Emmy win.”

In the major acting categories, “House” star Hugh Laurie and Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer” picked up best drama series acting honors at the 64th annual Golden Globes, which were broadcast on NBC.

“I am speechless,” said Mr. Laurie, winning for the second year in a row for his role as a cankerous physician on Fox’s hit series. “I am literally without a speech.”

Ms. Sedgwick bested Edie Falco from “The Sopranos” and Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy” to win the award for her TNT series.

In one of the most closely-watched races, best performance by an actor in television comedy series, category newcomer Alec Baldwin beat Globe veterans Steve Carrell, Jason Lee, Tony Shaloub and Zach Braff.

Helen Mirren won best performance by an actress in a TV movie or miniseries for ‘Elizabeth I,’ one of the two roles for which she was nominated in the category. Ms. Mirren had also received a nod for her work in “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.” Ms. Mirren was also nominated for her work in the theatrical film “The Queen.”

“Elizabeth I would have an amazing speech at this moment,” Ms. Mirren said. “Then she would get very humble, then she’d be teary, then she’d be powerful. I have nothing to say but thank you.”

Jeremy Irons won for best supporting actor in a miniseries or TV movie for HBO’s “Elizabeth I,” and Emily Blunt has won for supporting actress in a miniseries or TV movie for BBC America’s “Gideon’s Daughter.”

(Editor: Baumann.)