The Globes' TV picks have always had the handicap of coming so many months before the September Emmycast that it's hard for them to have an immediate impact on the Emmy race, as the Globes do on the feature side with the Oscars. On the other hand, networks and cablers are only too quick to tubthump their "Golden Globe award-winning" properties these days, so winning a Globe does have meaning for the smallscreen in the context of the cottage industry that is awards season.
To wit, the big Globe TV winner this year is AMC's "Mad Men," the period drama shepherded by "Sopranos" scribe Matthew Weiner. "Mad Men" won for best drama series and for lead actor for star Jon Hamm. It's all deserved, which makes it all the more disappointing that Weiner and Hamm were denied the national platform of gushing about all those without whom "Mad Men" would have been impossible. Oh well, show's already picked up for a second season -- assuming the writers strike ends before the next president of the United States is inaugurated.
The other TV victors were all over the map. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves one of its own, a non-native son, i.e. someone not born and raised on these shores. Brit comedian Ricky Gervais won for comedy or musical series for HBO's "Extras." The comedy series actor nod went to David Duchovny of Showtime's "Californication." Huh?
The longform honors went to projects that weren't so high on Hollywood's radar. HBO's "Longford" won in the miniseries/movie category as well as for lead actor Jim Broadbent and supporting actress Samantha Morton. Queen Latifah banked a Globe for her role in HBO's made-for "Life Support." And rounding out the HBO wins was awards season fave Jeremy Piven for HBO's "Entourage."
What does it all mean? We learned tonight with the Globes' press conference format that it takes under a half-hour to name the winners in 25 categories, even stopping every now and then for a word from our sponsor. But still, we missed the stars aligning.