Favorites pushed aside in television awards at Golden gala

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) – The Golden Globes sent some big stars home empty-handed Monday while living up to a reputation for recognizing less popular work.

Kyra Sedgwick of TNT’s “The Closer” was named best actress in a drama, despite being up against two of ABC’s most-featured players in top 10 shows – Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Evangeline Lilly of “Lost.”

NBC’s comedy “30 Rock” hasn’t been noticed by many television viewers, but Alec Baldwin’s role as a megalomaniac TV network executive has enthralled critics. Monday he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy.

“I’m glad this isn’t too heavy because I just had hernia surgery,” Baldwin said in grabbing his trophy.

A little-known BBC America film, “Gideon’s Daughter,” produced a supporting-actress winner in Emily Blunt. She toppled Elizabeth Perkins, Toni Collette and Katherine Heigl of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Best-drama actor winner Hugh Laurie of Fox’s “House” is well-known, but he had to navigate a formidable category with Dr. McDreamy – Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” – and Kiefer Sutherland of “24.”

Laurie said he had no acceptance speech prepared, even though he won the same award last year for playing the brilliant but flawed doctor. He managed to wing it, with his thanks extending to the show’s “wonderful crew.” He quickly realized his awards-show cliche.

“Somebody somewhere is working with a crew of drunken thieves,” he said. “But it’s not me. They smell of newly-mown grass.”

Sedgwick plays a detective specializing in coaxing confessions in “The Closer.” Her win was a coup for TNT, competing against broadcast networks and HBO, and seemed to leave Sedgwick genuinely moved as she rose from her seat beside her husband, Kevin Bacon.

“This show has been an amazing gift, an unexpected gift – the best kind,” she said.

Sedgwick couldn’t help but notice Jack Nicholson in his usual front-and-center seat in the audience, and wondered why she left him laughing.

Helen Mirren won the Golden Globe for best actress in a miniseries or movie for her starring role in HBO’s “Elizabeth I.” Among her competitors for the award? Helen Mirren, for her work in “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.”

Jeremy Irons won a supporting actor award for his work in “Elizabeth I.”

“Why is it that the jobs that are the most fun are the ones that give you awards?” Iron said. “It’s like you don’t deserve them.”

AP-ES-01-15-07 2139EST

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