Yes, the Golden Globes are fun. People get to swig booze and gab at each other from their crammed-together round tables. You get to see schmoozing from celebrity pairings that you might not normally expect, like Tom Cruise trying to up his credibility by talking to Kate Winslet. But you also get stars from both movies and TV for this award show. And as much joy as you might find in seeing the two worlds collide, there's still a rift there. The Office's Rainn Wilson's greeting, "Hi, we're stars from TV" when he came out to present an award wouldn't seem like it would evoke much laughter, but it did simply because there is still an obvious worship toward movies and movie stars, even in a room where both mediums are receiving awards. An interesting presentation pairing came when Glenn Close came out with Lawrence Fishburne, as if to tell us "Hi, we were once in movies and now can be found on TV."
NBC might have found itself in dire straits last year, and was certainly the butt of more than a few jokes at the recent TCA press tour, but Ben Silverman might be screaming "who's laughing now?" as 30 Rock cleaned up in the comedy category. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both won for their roles on the show, and 30 Rock nabbed the Globe for best Comedy Series. Fey had a great acceptance speech where she told a bunch of internet haters to "suck it," calling them out by their internet handles - the best part being that they were real haters and real handles. Sookie Stackhouse fans can find some solace in the fact that Anna Paquin nabbed the best Actress in a Drama Series award for a show which may or may not be a real drama, True Blood.
AMC's Mad Men won for best Drama for it's second year in a row, but the show still belonged to HBO as usual. Their great historic mini-series, John Adams won most of the rest of the awards with only Laura Dern and Gabriel Byrne breaking the Adams cycle by picking up awards for the HBO movie Recount and the series In Treatment, respectively.
By category, the television winners were:
BEST DRAMA: Mad Men (AMC)
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA): Anna Paquin, True Blood (HBO)
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA): Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (HBO)
BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL: 30 Rock (NBC)
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE: John Adams (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE): Laura Linney, John Adams (HBO)
BEST ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE): Paul Giamatti, John Adams (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern, Recount (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Wilkinson, John Adams (HBO)