Golden Globes: Freshman Shows Rule The Night

In keeping with its tradition of lauding the new, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored freshman series, Showtime’s ‘The Affair,’ and Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ as the best TV drama and comedy at the 72nd Golden Globes Awards on Sunday night.

The HFPA’s statuefest, the last to be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on NBC, also favored the lead players in those shows, with Ruth Wilson (pictured) winning the best actress in a drama for her adultress turn as Allison Bailey and Jeffrey Tambor, the best actor for his portrayal of a father who reveals that he is a woman to his three adult children.

Another newcomer, Gina Rodriguez was the best actress in a musical or comedy for her Jane Villaneuva, in The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin.’ The award was the first ever Globe for The CW and broadcast's only triumph of the night.

Premium network Showtime, which has renewed ‘The Affair’ for a second season, saw the series, starring Wilson, who is sexually and emotionally paired with Dominic West's writer Noah Solloway, as the married cheaters, beat out HBO's fantasy skein 'Game of Thrones,' CBS's revitalized 'The Good Wife,' Netflix's 'House of Cards,' and PBS's 'Downton Abbey' for TV drama laurels. 

Wilson unseated last year's winner Robin Wright, who was seeking a repeat for her role as Claire Underwood, in 'House of Cards.' A previous HFPA  nominee as best actress in a miniseries for 'Jane Eyre,' Wilson also topped Claire Danes, who was looking for a third Globe in the lead role of Carrie Mathison in Showtime's terrorist skein  'Homeland.' On the broadcast side,  Viola Davis in ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' and Julianna Marguiles in CBS's 'The Good Wife' were also recognized with nominations.

 West, though, could not match his TV lover's win. Instead, the top drama actor went to Keven Spacey, who plays Wright's husband, Frank Underwood, now the U.S. President, in 'House of Cards', as the veteran finally grabbed a Globe on this, his eighth nomination.

Clive Owens in Cinemax's 'The Knick,' James Spader in NBC's 'The Blacklist' and Liev Schreiber as the fixer in Showtime's ''Ray Donovan' were the other nominees.

Amazon placed two Golden Globes on its streaming mantle with 'Transparent' finishing ahead of HBO's 'Girls' and 'Silicon Valley,' the CW’s aforementioned 'Jane the Virgin,' and Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black.'

Tambor -- who during his acceptance speech dedicated his award to the transgender community -- beat out such cable notables as Don Cheadle in Showtime's 'House of Lies,' Louis C.K. in FX's 'Louie' and William H. Macy in Showtime's 'Shameless,'  as well as Ricky Gervais in Netflix's 'Derek.'

Rorriguez’s Golden moment came over such notables as Lena Dunham (HBO’s ‘Girls’), Julia Louis Dreyfus (HBO’s ‘Veep’), Edie Falco (Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’) and Taylor Schilling (Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’).

Not to be outdone, FX's freshman adaptation of Fargo won cable's first Golden Globe of the night, bringing home the award for best TV miniseries or movie. The show topped Starz's The Missing and HBO's trio of True Detective, The Normal Heart and Olive Kitteridge.

FX and Fargo, which will offer a different storyline during its second campaign, quickly doubled their total as Billy Bob Thornton grabbed the Globe for best actor in a TV miniseries or movie. Thornton, who kept his acceptance, short and safe from getting him in any trouble, topped fellow Fargoer Martin Freeman, HBO's initial ‘True Detective’ duo of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and Mark Ruffalo for the premium network's The Normal Heart.

HBO did garner entry into the Globes trophy case on Jan. 11, when Matt Bomer was hailed as best supporting actor for his portrayal of Felix Turner in "The Normal Heart,' the earlly 1980's AIDS/HIV crisis telefilm that Larry Kramer wrote based on his play of the same name. 

Bomer beat out Alan Cumming of CBS's 'The Good Wife,' Colin Hanks in FX's 'Fargo,' Bill Murray in HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' and Jon Voight, who was seeking a Globe repeat for his role a Mickey in Showtime's 'Ray Donovan.'

In an all-cable category, Maggie Gyllenhaal was the best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for Sundance TV’s 'The Honorable Woman,' in which she finds herself inheriting her father’s arms business and in the middle of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Her competition: Jessica Lange, for FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’; Frances McDormand , for HBO’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’;  Frances O’Connor, for Starz’s ‘The Missing’; and  Alison Tolman, for FX’s ‘Fargo.’

Joanne Froggatt of PBS' Downton Abbey won the first television award of the night, taking the Globe for best supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie.

Margulies and Cheadle presented George Clooney with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime acheivement. "

Below find a listing of TV category nominations, with the winners in bold:

Best TV Drama

The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actor – TV Drama
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Best Actress – TV Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Best Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

Best Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

Best TV Comedy
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best Actor – TV Comedy
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Actress – TV Comedy
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective