'Game Change' early winner in Globes
Damian Lewis poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a television series – drama for “Homeland” backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Premium cable networks HBO and Showtime fought for supremacy in the Golden Globes TV awards Sunday with three honors each for the CIA thriller "Homeland and "Game Change," the movie about Sarah Palin's ascent from obscurity to 2008 vice presidential candidate.
Awards for "Girls" as best comedy and show creator Lena Dunham as best comic actress gave HBO a 5-4 victory over its biggest rival in the end.
For the commercial broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox it was a complete shutout. PBS had one award.
Despite the presence of show hosts and best comic actress nominees Tina Fey and Amy Poehler of NBC, it was Dunham who was proclaimed the queen of comedy Sunday. An emotional Dunham, who stars as Hannah Horvath in the series about young women in their 20s navigating young adulthood in New York City, thanked her fellow comedy nominees for helping her get through middle school, mono, a ruptured eardrum "and the acute anxiety that populates my entire life."
"This award is for everyone who felt like there wasn't a space for her," Dunham said. "This show has made a space for me."
Fey and Poehler, sharp in their first role as co-hosts, later appeared with drinks in their hands, noting that "everybody's getting loose now that we're all losers." Fey's influential "30 Rock" ends its run on NBC later this month.
Showtime's "Homeland" scored a sweep of the biggest drama awards, including best TV drama for the second year in a row. Co-stars Claire Danes, who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis, who stars as Sgt. Nicholas Brody, both won top acting awards. Lewis emotionally dedicated his award to his late mother, while Danes paid to tribute to her baby son.
Producer Steve Shareshian, left, and actress Julianne Moore pose with the award for best miniseries or motion picture made for television for "Game Change" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Alex Ganza, executive producer of "Homeland," recalled an arduous night of filming where star Claire Danes, eight months pregnant, had to do multiple takes being chased in a drainage pipe.
"We fairly killed ourselves trying to live up to the hype of that first season and this award tells that maybe, maybe, we didn't screw it up," he said.
Lewis said the last 18 months working on "Homeland" have been "an exciting, wonderful journey." He said that picking up "a piece of hardware like this is a great perk," holding up his Globe.