Golden Globes TV Winners: ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Mozart’ Make Their Mark Amid Other Surprises

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Golden Globes - key artMr. Robot is golden. The USA Network drama, coming off critical acclaim for its freshman season, was one of the big winners Sunday night at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards.

The show won for best drama, beating out a stellar list that included Game of Thrones (HBO), Narcos (Netflix), Outlander (Starz) and Empire (Fox).

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Mr. Robot‘s wins began early, as Christian Slater picked up the Globe in the TV supporting actor category. “Thank you Hollywood for letting me do what I love to do for the past four decades,” he said.

Globes voters were also hip to music this year. Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle won the award for best comedy, and also for comedy actor (Gael Garcia Bernal).

The two big actress awards also went to music-fueled performances: Taraji P. Henson won best drama actress for her hip-hop Fox series Empire, and Rachel Bloom was the surprise winner in the comedy actress category, for The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Mozart beat out Casual (Hulu), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Transparent (Amazon), and HBO’s Silicon Valley and Veep.

“We’re so lucky we get to do a show that honors musicians,” executive producer Paul Weitz said. It also makes it two winning years in a row for Amazon, which took the comedy award last year for Transparent.

Bernal won in a competitive category that included Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk), Rob Lowe (The Grinder) and last year’s winner, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).

Henson handed out cookies around the Beverly Hilton audience after her name was announced—an homage, of course, to her Empire character, Cookie Lyon.

“Cookies for everyone tonight,” she exclaimed. “Who knew that playing an ex-convict would take me all around the globe?”

Henson beat Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Catriona Balfe (Outlander) and Eva Greene (Penny Dreadful).

As for Bloom, that made it two years in a row for The CW, which won the comedy actress award last year too for Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez.

“We almost didn’t have a show,” explained an out-of-breath Bloom. “We made a pilot for another network (Showtime),” which eventually passed on it, before it ended up on The CW.

Bloom beat Rodriguez, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens) and Globes fave Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie), who also landed a nomination for best actress in a motion picture (Grandma).

Jon Hamm won another Globe for Mad Men— and this time it was televised. He last won the best drama actor Globe in 2008, the year the show turned into a press conference due to the Writers Guild of America strike.

“Thank you for including me in this insanely talented group of actors,” Hamm said. The actor, who won the Emmy in September, thanked creator Matt Weiner (something he forgot to do at the Emmys) for creating such a “horrible” character in Don Draper.

“Thank you,” he quipped in his thanks to Weiner, “for not taking my suggestion and ending the entire series on Chumbawumba.”

Hamm beat Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Wagner Moura (Narcos) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul). It was the lone farewell nomination for Mad Men.

In the miniseries/motion picture arena, voters went with Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall (PBS) over Fargo (FX), American Crime (ABC), American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) and Flesh and Bone (Starz).

Meanwhile, Globes voters haven’t quite given up their love for Showtime’s The Affair. The show, which won the best drama award last year, wasn’t nominated this year– but Maura Tierney still picked up the Globe for supporting actress.

“This category very flattering,” Tierney said. “There are a huge amount of actresses in so many different TV movies and series.”

FX picked up a win for American Horror Story: Hotel‘s Lady Gaga, who landed the Globe for outstanding actress in a movie or limited series.

“I feel like Cher in Moonstruck right now,” she said. “This is one of the greatest moments of my life. I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer but music worked out first!”

Oscar Isaac won the Globe for movie/limited series actor via HBO’s Show Me a Hero.

The Globes didn’t show favoritism when it came to awarding different platforms, as broadcast, cable and streaming all had reason to cheer the winners.

The final network tally: Amazon and USA landed two, while The CW, Fox, AMC, HBO, PBS, FX and Showtime each received one.

A full list of nominees is below:

2016 Golden Globes: TV Winners and Nominees

Best Television Series, Drama


Game of Thrones

Mr. Robot (WINNER)



Best Actress, TV Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, Empire (WINNER)

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor, TV Drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (WINNER)

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical


Mozart in the Jungle (WINNER)

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley



Best Actress, TV Comedy or Musical

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (WINNER)

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actor, TV Comedy or Musical

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle (WINNER)

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Crime

American Horror Story: Hotel


Flesh and Bone

Wolf Hall (WINNER)

Best Actor, TV Miniseries or Movie

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero (WINNER)

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress, TV Miniseries or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel (WINNER)

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Supporting Actress, TV Series, Miniseries or Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Maura Tierney, The Affair (WINNER)

Judith Light, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, Miniseries or Movie

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot (WINNER)

A number of the TV nominees also got called out in the movie nominations–see the list of 2016 Golden Globe movie nominations here.