FX closed its chapter as a 21st Century Fox network on a high note, winning two of the three top program Golden Globe awards — best drama series for The Americans and best limited series/TV movie for The Assassination of Gianni Versace. FX tied Netflix for the most wins Sunday night, three apiece, as the streamer claimed its first comedy series Globe for Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. Amazon followed with two.
The Kominsky Method joined Versace as the only programs with multiple trophies, two each, also winning for their leading men, Michael Douglas and Darren Criss, respectively.
In TV, the Golden Globes spread the wealth tonight — except for the broadcasters who were shut out — rewarding streamers (Netflix, Amazon), premium cable networks (HBO, Showtime) as well as basic cable networks (FX, BBC America). Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., which co-produce The Americans and Versace, led the studio tally with three nods.
What a sendoff for The Americans. After flying frustratingly under the awards radar for most of its run, FX’s Cold War drama started getting recognition toward its last seasons. It landed a writing and acting Emmys in September for its final season. And tonight, it scored a best drama series Globe for its last episodes. It mirrored the feat of another acclaimed drama, AMC’s Breaking Bad, which also won its first best drama Golden Globe for its last season.
The Americans became the third FX drama to win to top category after The Shield in 2003 and Nip/Tuck in 2005.
Sandra Oh made history, becoming the second woman of Asian background to win the Best Actress Golden Globe for her role on BBC America’s Killing Eve. (In 1981, Japanese actress Yoko Shimada won in the category for NBC’s Shōgun, which technically was a limited series.)
There was a surprise winner in the lead actor in a drama series category with Richard Madden of the new British smash hit series Bodyguard, which airs on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland (and China, where Netflix is not available), taking the prize. It is not the first time the HFPA, which is comprised of foreign journalists, have recognized BBC series in top categories; previous examples include Best Comedy Series and Best Actor (Ricky Gervais) In a Comedy series for The Office in 2004.
Rachel Brosnahan of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel became the only repeat winner tonight. She became the first back-to-back winner in the lead actress in a comedy series category since Tina Fey won for 30 Rock in 2008 and 2009. The nominees this year included Murphy Brown’s Candice Bergen who had won for the original series.
But Mrs. Maisel was dethroned as best comedy series by Netflix’s newcomer Kominsky Method, from sitcom king Lorre who was visibly lost for words when accepting his first best comedy series Globe since Cybil in 1996.
While The Kominsky Method, a rare single-camera foray for Lorre, triumphed tonight, other freshmen with multiple nominations, including HBO’s Barry and Amazon’s Homecoming, went home empty-handed.
Criss added a Golden Globe to his Emmy for FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace. He topped competition that included Globes fave Hugh Grant, though Grant’s A Very English Scandal still took home a statuette in the supporting field for Ben Whishaw.
Patricia Clarkson flew the flag for HBO with a win in the supporting actress category for Sharp Objects.