Update, 7:30 PM: Its a double for The Affair with Best TV Drama Series win and Ruth Wilson getting the Best Actress TV Drama Award. Onstage, the British actress thanked the HFPA for having her back after her last unsuccessful Globes nomination back during the 2007 Writer’s Strike. “I have to thank everyone at Showtime for giving me a job, thank you,” the actress added, as well as thanking the writers and cast of the series. Wilson made special mention of her co-star Dominic West, a fellow Globe nominee this year. “Dom, your ass is something of great beauty,” she said to laughs. “Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.”
“With this character I was very intent on serving the grief of this character,” Wilson said backstage afterwards of her Alison Bailey role. The series reveals that the character, who has an affair with West’s Noah Solloway, lost her child. “She was in the middle of this grief…it was quite relentless, by the end that was exhausting, but in the same way quite rewarding.”
Also backstage co-creator Sarah Treems talked about how Wilson was a last minute addition to the cast but one they couldn’t do without. “She was so different,” the producer noted. “We wanted someone who was really changeable. That speaks to her talent. If you see a 2-minute reel and think, ‘This women is irreplaceable, then you have to get on your knees and get her to do your show.”
Previous, 6:55 PM: In a surprise move, The Affair has won the Best Television Series – Drama at this year’s Golden Globes. The freshman Showtime series, starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, depicts the steamy and complicated relationship between West’s married struggling novelist and Wilson’s mourning married waitress and the collateral damage that results. West and Wilson are up for Globe nominations as well tonight.
“If I have learned anything from writing a show about an affair, it’s how sacred and valuable and essential our marriages are,” said co-creator Sarah Treem upon accepting the show’s award. She also thanked members of the crew and cast as well as Showtime President David Nevins and CBS boss Les Moonves.
Showtime renewed the Treem and Hagel Levi created series for a second 10-episode season on November 10, 2014. The Affair wrapped up its first season on December 10. The show is also up for a WGA Award as Best New Series. I picked The Affair as tied with The CW’s Jane The Virgin for the fifth best new TV show of 2014 in our year-end Top 10 list.
Adam Levine and Paul Ant-Man Rudd presented the award tonight.