Richard Madden Wins Best Actor in a TV Drama
Game of Thrones favorite Richard Madden won for his performance in Bodyguard. This year, only one of the previous year's nominees for Best Actor in a TV drama appeared in the category (Jason Bateman for Ozark), so without any competition from Better Call Saul, Ray Donovan or This Is Us, this was one of the tougher categories to predict. Madden had received career-best acclaim for his work in Bodyguard and being a non-American series has always been good for Golden Globe contenders with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Still, it's one few would have bet on.
Michael Douglas Was in a Comedy TV Series?
Yes, Michael Douglas is currently starring in a television comedy and yes, he did win a Golden Globe for it over actors like Bill Hader for Barry and Donald Glover for Atlanta. The Kominsky Method is a Netflix series that may have passed you by unless you’re a huge Chuck Lorre fan. Douglas stars alongside Alan Arkin and Danny DeVito as an aging actor who runs an acting school in Hollywood. The series has actually been very well-received critically and has a bunch of SAG Awards pending on top of its Golden Globe win, so this victory for Douglas wasn't so much a shock as the kind of thing you only expect if you know what the Golden Globes love. Still, many had predicted Bill Hader would replicate his Emmy success here, so Douglas’s win was never a lock.
The Americans Finally Gets Its Dues
FX’s The Americans has been a critical darling since its first season, but awards success largely eluded it for the majority of its six-season run. Things picked up in the second half of the show's lifespan but they never did win that elusive Best Drama Emmy. Now that the show is over, the HFPA saw fit to give the show its dues and award it with the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama. It didn't hurt that The Americans didn't have to face the might of Game of Thrones, but competition was still tough in the form of Amazon's Homecoming and BBC America's Killing Eve. For TV lovers, this was one of the best awards in a very odd night.