"John Adams," "30 Rock" big winners at Golden Globes

Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:07am EST
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By Jill Serjeant

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - HBO's mini-series about the second U.S. president, "John Adams," swept the Golden Globe television awards on Sunday, picking up four honors on a night that rewarded serious and political shows over lighter fare.

Only "30 Rock" -- the NBC comedy starring, written by and produced by Tina Fey -- broke the mold. It won three Golden Globes -- best TV comedy and best comedy actress and actor for Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin.

The Golden Globe awards followed a stellar year for Fey in which she won TV's highest honor -- an Emmy -- for "30 Rock" and found a nationwide audience with her satirical impressions of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

"I really know how very lucky I am to have had the year I had last year. If you start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet and you can find a lot of people who don't like you," Fey joked.

The awards for "30 Rock" were the only wins for U.S. broadcast networks on Sunday as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association showered its praise on cable TV dramas with relatively small audiences.

While they are closely followed for their film honors during Oscar season, the Golden Globes also have a tradition of shining a spotlight on new, lesser-known TV series and actors.

"Mad Men" the much admired AMC drama series set in the advertising industry in the early 1960s, won its second Golden in two years for best drama series. The show also won the Emmy for best drama in September.

But most of the acting prizes went to the cast of "John Adams" -- a seven-part costume drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David McCullough that won the Golden Globe for best mini-series .   Continued...

<p>Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey hold their awards for Best Actress and Actor in A Comedy Series for "30 Rock" at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>