Appropriately enough, Taraji P. Henson passed out cookies while coming to the stage to accept her best actress award in a drama. That’s the name of her character, the ex-convict matriarch in Fox’s sensation “Empire.”
“Cookies for everyone tonight,” she said. “My treat.”
Tom Hanks introduced Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award winner Denzel Washington, who accepted the award with his wife, Pauletta and three of his four children, including John David, who stars in the HBO series, Ballers. (His son Malcolm was working on his thesis at AFI and couldn’t attend.)
Jon Hamm won a farewell Golden Globe Sunday in his last chance to be honored as Don Draper in “Mad Men,” a sentimental choice among television awards that emphasized the medium’s diversity and put the spotlight on some lesser-known performances.
AMC’s “Mad Men” ended its run with a memorable scene, ad man Draper supposedly getting the idea for a Coke commercial that was a landmark in the 1970s. Hamm, in accepting his second Golden Globe for his role, joked that he appreciated writers not taking his suggestion to end the series with music from the British band Chumbawamba.
“Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for supporting our show for as long as you did — all the way to the end,” he said.
Pop music star Lady Gaga made the transition to acting in a big way, winning a Globe for her role as the Countess in “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She recalled another woman who started in music, Cher, and her role in “Moonstruck.”
“I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer,” Gaga said, “but music worked out first.”
It was an important night for the USA network, which has been trying to establish edgier fare. Its new series “Mr. Robot” won the Globe for best television drama, and veteran Christian Slater was a popular choice at the Beverly Hills Hotel for his best supporting actor award. He plays the title role in “Mr. Robot,” a hacker who tries to recruit series star Roni Malek into his anarchist group.
“Thank you, Hollywood, for letting me do what I love to do for the last four decades,” Slater said.
Rachel Bloom immediately burst into tears upon learning that she had won best actress in a comedy for her work in the freshman series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW network. The quasi-musical has won critical plaudits but has struggled to find an audience.
She recalled how another network rejected the pilot, and then six other networks in a single day turned down a chance to acquire it.
“We knew it was good and Mark Pedowitz of the CW picked it out and he’s the one that saved us,” Bloom said. A year earlier, the CW’s Gina Rodriguez won the same award for “Jane the Virgin,” which airs back-to-back with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on Mondays.
Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” about backstage battles in New York City’s classical music world, won the Globe for best comedy or musical and its star, Gael Garcia Bernal, won best actor for his role as the conductor Rodrigo De Souza.
Jeffrey Tambor of “Transparent” was considered such a favorite by insiders that fellow nominee Aziz Ansari pretended to read a book, “How to Lose to Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity” as he was introduced.
“This is incredible,” Bernal said. “This is a really big surprise.”
Veteran Maura Tierney won a supporting actress for her work as the spurned wife in Showtime’s “The Affair,” a role that required a lot of quiet seething. She poked fun at her co-star, Dominic West, who she said should have had his own special category — best performance in a role that makes every woman watching hate him. He handled it with grace, she said.
The victory of “Wolf Hall” in the category of best TV movie or miniseries led to an international political pitch. Producer Colin Callender said programs like the 1500s period piece would not have been made without a strong BBC, and he urged the British government not to weaken it. The win was a boost for PBS, which broadcasts the program in the United States, as it faces the ending of its popular “Downton Abbey.”
Oscar Isaac won a supporting actor award for his work in “Show Me a Hero,” the HBO limited series about the struggle to build public housing in Yonkers, N.Y.