Golden Globes voters showed sentiment in giving Jon Hamm a farewell award for leading "Mad Men," but also fulfilled a traditional role in highlighting lesser-known work on television.
Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle" won the Globe for best comedy or musical and earned an actor award for Gael Garcia Bernal, while USA's "Mr. Robot" won best drama and a supporting actor award for veteran Christian Slater. Amazon and USA were the only two content services to win more than once on Sunday.
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.
It almost felt like a lifetime achievement award, because elsewhere the Globe voters were attracted to whatever was shiny and new.
Taraji P. Henson came prepared, handing out cookies to audience members as she came to the stage to accept a best actress award. The reference is to her character's name in Fox's music business soap, "Empire." Like many honorees, she plowed through the music that not-so-subtly reminds them to wrap up their speeches.
"I waited 20 years for this," she said. "You're gonna wait."
Pop music star Lady Gaga oozed Hollywood glamour with a gown that was some distance away from her wild concert stage get-ups. Gaga, who won a Globe for playing the Countess in "American Horror Story: Hotel," noted that she wanted to be an actress before a singer.
"This is one of the greatest moments of my life," Gaga said.
Rachel Bloom burst into tears upon learning that she had won best comedy actress for the freshman series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" on the CW. The quasi-musical has won critical plaudits but has struggled to find an audience. She recalled how after another network rejected the pilot, 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.
The USA network had to have the happiest executives on Sunday. It has been trying to make the turn from blander programming to edgier fare, and the critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" is taking the lead in that effort. Only series star Roni Malek fell short in his effort at a trophy, losing to Hamm.
Bernal is the star of "Mozart in the Jungle," about backstage battles in New York City's classical music world. The actor winner portrays 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.
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, New York
The victory of "Wolf Hall" in the category of best TV movie or miniseries led to an international political pitch. The BBC-made series is aired on PBS in the United States, and its win was good news for the public television service as it faces the end of "Downton Abbey."
Streaming services, cable networks and broadcasters all won trophies Sunday, but not the three best-known networks in the business — CBS, ABC or NBC. NBC aired the Globes.
Host Ricky Gervais called NBC "the only network that is truly fair and impartial because they're the only network with zero nominations. Nothing in there for them. They don't care."