The Golden Globes’ night of underdogs included wins for Amazon’s comedy about a transgender woman, a rookie Latina actress (Gina Rodriguez) who just learned Sunday that her show had been picked up for a second season, a new Showtime series about a marriage undermined by a torrid affair and the television remake of the movie Fargo. In all, three Globes went to streaming services, three to basic cable networks, three to premium cable networks, one to public broadcasting and one to the tiny CW broadcast network. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were shut out.
The Golden Globes seemingly honored every type of content service feeding television’s changing world, except for the four major broadcast networks still watched by most Americans each week.
The Globes’ night of underdogs included wins for Amazon’s comedy about a transgender woman, a rookie Latina actress who just learned Sunday that her show had been picked up for a second season, a new Showtime series about a marriage undermined by a torrid affair and the television remake of the movie “Fargo.”
In all, three Globes went to streaming services, three to basic cable networks, three to premium cable networks, one to public broadcasting and one to the tiny CW broadcast network. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were shut out.
Amazon’s “Transparent” won best comedy and Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman who hasn’t told his adult children about his journey, earned the Globe for best comic actor. Visibly moved as he accepted his award, the veteran actor thanked the Globes for giving attention to the series and dedicated his award to the transgender community.
“Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be part of the change,” Tambor said.
The series creator, Jill Soloway, expressed hope that the award will “teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love.”
Another series that could get a boost from the Globes is the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” which has received critical praise but a limited audience. Gina Rodriguez plays the title role of a young woman inseminated by mistake, and won the Globe for best comic actress. Not only did she beat much-honored stars like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham for the Globe, she learned hours earlier that the series had been picked up for its second season.
Rodriguez is the second Latina actress to win the award in this category, after America Ferrara of “Ugly Betty” in 2007.
“This award is so much more than myself,” said Rodriguez, who thanked her parents for allowing her to follow her dreams. “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
The Showtime series “The Affair,” also in its first year, was honored as best television drama. Ruth Wilson, who plays the waitress who becomes involved with a married writer, was named best actress in a drama.
“If I have learned anything from writing about an affair, it is how sacred and valuable and essential marriages are,” said Sarah Treem, creator of the series.
Actor Kevin Spacey, after eight nominations, took home a Globe as best actor in a drama for his role as politico Francis Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” He briefly dipped into character as he grabbed his trophy. “This is just the beginning of my revenge!” he said.
Actor Matt Bomer won a Globe as best supporting actor in a TV movie for playing a New York Times reporter with the AIDS virus in HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He thanked his husband and three children from the stage.
FX’s adaptation of “Fargo” won the Globe for best television movie or miniseries, beating out three high-profile HBO series in the category. Billy Bob Thornton, who plays Lorne Malvo in the series set in rural Minnesota, won for best actor in a miniseries or movie and kept his acceptance speech safe and short.
“You can say anything in the world and get in trouble,” Thornton said. “I know this for a fact. So I’m just going to say thank you.”
Joanna Froggatt won best supporting actress for her role of Anna Bates in PBS’ “Downton Abbey.” Her character was raped in the show last season, and Froggatt said in accepting her award that she had heard from several real-world victims of rapes in the aftermath of the episodes. She said she hoped the award would let them know that their voices had been heard.
Maggie Gyllenhaal won as best actress in a miniseries for playing businesswoman Nessa Stein in “The Honorable Woman,” a political thriller that was shown on Sundance TV. She said Hollywood is providing a greater variety of roles for women.
“What I think is new is the role for actual women in television and film,” Gyllenhaal said. “That’s what I think is evolutionary and revolutionary and it’s turning me on.”