The Golden Globes are primarily known for the movie awards they give out, but this year's ceremony showed the increasing influence of the other medium the awards honor: television. Ricky Gervais, a comedian made famous being the man behind the TV hit The Office, hosted. Aaron Sorkin, a writer whose career has been marked by success on television as much as on film, was honored for his movie The Social Network. And a wide range of television shows, from the peppy, sunny Glee to the dark, gritty Boardwalk Empire, won awards, offering a testament to the rich variety of programming on the air today.
So what was good, bad, and puzzling about this year's Golden Globes' television awards?
Temple Grandin, the subject of the much-acclaimed HBO movie starring Claire Danes, first charmed us at the Emmy's last year with her sheer enthusiasm at the film's seven awards. She won our hearts again tonight with her exuberance at Claire Dane's win for best actress in a TV series or movie. The only downside to our appreciation for Grandin? The knowledge that after the upcoming SAG Awards, she won't be appearing at any more awards shows.
Glee's two acting awards—Chris Colfer for his role as the resilient Kurt Hummel and Jane Lynch for her performance as the nefarious Sue Sylvester—were also high points of the evening. Colfer's joyous shock at winning, and his pitch-perfect acceptance speech—"To all the bullies who say you can't be who you are: screw that, kids," he proclaimed—were particularly heart-warming.
And besides Glee's
two three wins and the two statues Boardwalk Empire earned, no TV series won more than one award. The broad spread of the awards is a testament to the strength and range of the series on TV today. [Thanks, whovous]