HBO leads TV networks' Golden Globes contest
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Premium cable channel HBO seized the most recognition of any network in the Golden Globes' television race on Thursday with 22 nominations in all, led by five nods for the new psychiatric drama series "In Treatment."
Among film studios, Warner Bros came out on top with 11 nominations for movies including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which landed in the best film drama category.
The spotlight gained from awards and nominations often lure more audiences to TV and movie theater box offices, as well as provide acclaim that can boost sales of products such as DVDs, so the networks and studios compete heavily to win prizes.
More than half of HBO's haul came from a trio of fact-based entries in the long-form production categories -- "John Adams," the seven-part story of the second U.S. president; political drama "Recount"; and "Bernard and Doris," the tale of tobacco heiress Doris Duke and her gay butler.
All three were nominated as best mini-series or TV movie while amassing multiple acting bids for their big-name stars, including Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney for "John Adams," Kevin Spacey and Laura Dern for "Recount" and Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon in "Bernard and Doris."
"John Adams" emerged the big victor at the higher-profile Primetime Emmy Awards in September with 13 trophies, the most ever won by a mini-series, including laurels for Giamatti and Linney as John and Abigail Adams.
But after being shut out of the prestigious Emmy race for best drama series, HBO reasserted itself by claiming two of the five nominations in the Golden Globes contest on Thursday -- for "In Treatment" and the new vampire drama "True Blood."
"In Treatment" was the most nominated TV program of all with five nods, including a best actor bid for Irish star Gabriel Byrne for playing a brooding psychotherapist as troubled as many of his patients. Continued...