Showtime's "Homeland'' scored a clean sweep of the biggest TV awards, starting with honors for 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.
Alex Dansa, 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.
Danes paid tribute to her fellow actresses in the category.
"I'm very proud to be working in this medium in this moment in this company,'' she said.
Showtime took a 4-3 edge over HBO when Don Cheadle won a comedy acting award for his role as Marty Kaan, leader of a team of slippery management consultants in "House of Lies.''
"Game Change'' was named best TV movie or miniseries. Julianne Moore won as best actress in a miniseries or movie for her portrayal of Palin while Ed Harris – although he portrayed the man on the top of the ticket, presidential candidate John McCain – was the supporting actor winner.
Jay Roach, executive producer of the series, said Moore was brave to take on the role of a political polarizing figure in the film, which balances her appeal as a sudden national figure and the chaos backstage in the campaign.
"Now with you and Tina Fey, we have three of the most incredible impersonations of Sarah Palin,'' Roach said, "counting Sarah Palin.''
Moore made it a point to thank Fey, Sunday's Golden Globes co-host known whose indelible Palin skits on "Saturday Night Live'' enlivened the 2008 campaign, and newswoman Katie Couric, who had a contentious interview with Palin that year. She did not thank Palin. Harris did not attend the Golden Globes.
Kevin Costner won the Globe for best acting in a TV miniseries or movie for "Hatfields & McCoys.'' The History channel miniseries proved a big hit when it aired last spring. Costner, who won a Globe for directing "Dances With Wolves'' in 1991, nostalgically recalled walking into the awards ceremony as a young actor.
Veteran actress Maggie Smith, who plays Violet Crawley, the Countess of Grantham in the PBS period piece "Downton Abbey,'' won as best supporting actress in a TV series. She wasn't in California to receive her award.