Golden Globes 2015: 'Fargo' wins for miniseries or TV movie

Golden Globes 2015: 'Fargo' wins for miniseries or TV movie
"Fargo" actor Billy Bob Thornton. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

"Fargo" has won the Golden Globe for miniseries or motion picture made for television. The FX anthology series beat Starz's "The Missing" and three projects from HBO: "Olive Kitteridge," "The Normal Heart" and "True Detective." 

Created by Noah Hawley, the series was inspired by the Coen Brothers' film of the same name (which featured "Olive Kitteridge" lead Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) and shares with it a darkly comic sensibility and wintry Midwestern setting. Otherwise the story is a departure: "Fargo" stars Martin Freeman as a meek Minnesota insurance salesman whose life takes a dramatic turn when he crosses paths with a murderous drifter played by Billy Bob Thornton.

The cast also includes Colin Hanks as a Duluth police officer and single dad, and Allison Tolman as a determined young deputy.

Though many were skeptical it could improve upon the acclaimed original, "Fargo" became one of the most critically praised television series of 2014 and won an Emmy for miniseries in August. It was also the most nominated television program at this year's Golden Globes, receiving five nods in total with four going to cast members Thornton, Freeman, Tolman and Hanks.

FX has announced a second season of "Fargo," which, like the sophomore outing of "True Detective," will tell an entirely new story centered on a fresh set of characters. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons will star.

Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the 72nd Golden Globe Awards are taking place at the Bevely Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and being broadcast on NBC. 

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