The dueling serial killers on “Dexter” and a mother with split personalities on “United States of Tara” won Golden Globes on Sunday, making it a big night for the Showtime pay cable network.
Michael C. Hall won for best actor in a TV drama and John Lithgow won a supporting actor award for their work in “Dexter.” Both play murderers matching wits in the bloody Showtime series.
“I’ve had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months,” said Lithgow, who was featured on the series this season.
Hall, who is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, wore a wool cap as he accepted his award. He did not mention his illness.
The Golden Globe could give a burst of attention to Collette’s series, “United States of Tara” — at least, that was her expressed hope.
Julianna Margulies won for best actress in a drama for her performance as a lawyer fighting back from the humiliation of her disgraced politician husband in “The Good Wife.” It was her first Golden Globe in seven nominations, and she kissed her fellow “ER” actor George Clooney on the way to the stage.
She was also the only nominee in her category from a broadcast network. The CBS drama is in its first year.
HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” about two sisters played by Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, was judged the best movie or miniseries made for TV, and Barrymore took the prize for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her role as the eccentric “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
A nervous Barrymore accepted the award, thanking producers for taking a chance on her for the role even though she’s known to have a goofy reputation.
“Oh, God, I’m not very good at this,” she said, stumbling through her speech.
Alec Baldwin, who won the trophy for best actor in a TV series, comedy or musical, for “30 Rock,” was attending a charity function and was not present to pick up the prize at the Beverly Hills Hotel ceremony.