Damian Lewis and Maggie Smith win at the Golden Globes 2013
Damian Lewis and Dame Maggie Smith have been awarded Golden Globes for their performances in Homeland and Downton Abbey– taking best actor and best supporting actress gongs at an award ceremony last night.
Having lost out on awards in 2012 – both Lewis and Smith were also nominated in their respective categories for the same roles last year – the British actors beat strong opposition.
Lewis took the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama for his role as Nicholas Brody in Homeland, beating Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi, The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels and Mad Men’s John Hamm to the award.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my mum, looking down on me bursting with pride telling everyone around her how well her son is doing in acting,” Lewis said.
It was a good night for Homeland, which also swept the board at the Emmys last autumn, with the show taking the best drama series award for the second year in a row – seeing off competition including Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey.
“Maybe, maybe we just didn’t screw it up,” said showrunner Alex Gansa, referring to criticism of the second season, dismissed by some fans for its increasingly unbelievable plot developments.
Claire Danes, who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison opposite Lewis in the drama, took best actress in a TV drama for the second year running.
Dame Maggie Smith built on her 2012 Emmy win, taking the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Violet, the Dowager Countess in ITV’s Downton Abbey, much-loved in the US where its third series is currently airing.
Smith, also nominated for a best actress award in the film categories for her role in Quartet, did not attend the ceremony.
Other big winners included Lena Dunham and Girls, and the HBO film Game Change, in which Julianne Moore played Sarah Palin, which took gongs for best miniseries or movie, best actress in a miniseries or movie, and best best actor.
Girls won best musical comedy series, with Dunham winning the best actress award in this category for her role as Hannah Horvath in the HBO series about twentysomethings in New York that returns to Sky Atlantic for a second series tonight.