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.