Seemingly determined to wreak havoc on office pools across the country, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. gave new meaning to "unpredictable" Sunday night in the television categories at the Golden Globes, favoring the new and new-ish over the establishment favorites -- and, uh, Lady Gaga -- at nearly every turn.
The surprises began with the first TV award of the night for supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie, which went to Maura Tierney, star of Showtime's second-year drama "The Affair."
And they continued with two wins each for Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle." The classical-music-world series, in its second season on the streaming network, won for musical or comedy series and its star, Gael Garcia Bernal, also won for actor in a musical or comedy, beating last year's winner, Jeffrey Tambor, from "Transparent" among other favorites.
On the drama side, USA's "Mr. Robot" also took two trophies. The critically adored first-year drama about a computer hacker won for drama series, edging ratings hits such as "Game of Thrones" and "Empire." Supporting actor Christian Slater was also a surprise winner.
Falling under the heading of "predictably unpredictable" was the win for Rachel Bloom of the CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" for actress in a comedy or musical -- the second straight win in this category for the female star of a low-rated but well-reviewed CW dramedy, which last year went to Gina Rodriguez for "Jane the Virgin."
Though Lady Gaga is hardly an unknown, her win for "American Horror Story: Hotel" was also a textbook example of the HFPA's unpredictable taste. The pop star was awarded the Golden Globe for actress in a limited series, movie or motion picture, beating Emmy winner Queen Latifah, among others.
Likewise, the HFPA recognized "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actor Oscar Isaac for his role as an embattled politician in a project that's generated far less attention, HBO's "Show Me a Hero," which follows a battle over public housing in Yonkers, N.Y.
Still, even the Globes delivered a few "duh, of course" moments. Jon Hamm won his second Golden Globe for actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Don Draper in the final season of "Mad Men," while scene-stealer/one-woman meme generator Taraji P. Henson took her first Globe for her turn as fabulous ex-con Cookie Lyon in "Empire."
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