Offering thanks for the comedy prize — the first Globe ever given to a show produced for an online platform — "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway said she and her colleagues could "maybe teach the world something about authenticity, truth and love."
"Thank you for your courage, for your inspiration, for your patience and for letting us be part of the change," Tambor said.
Indeed, the themes of social change, free speech and progressive values were sounded throughout the ceremony, which is organized by the
Theo Kingma, the Dutch photographer who serves as president of the HFPA, drew a standing ovation when he spoke out for free speech "from Paris to North Korea."
The Globes, telecast live on NBC and co-hosted by
Last year's biggest Hollywood story — the hacking attack on Sony Pictures after its feature comedy "The Interview" upset North Korea — was mined for comedy at the ceremony. The comic
Fey and Poehler drew some audible gasps from the crowd when they made jokes about Bill Cosby, the once-beloved sitcom patriarch who has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting numerous women in the past. The allegations against Cosby, one of the most successful TV stars in history, have discomfited the industry and have generally proved off-limits to joking at major events, at least until now.
In terms of the awards, Globe voters focused on the present. Established series were mostly ignored while awards went to the new.
"We are so honored to be nominated in this category," said Sarah Treem, co-creator of "The Affair," which tells the story of an extramarital romance from the differing viewpoints of a schoolteacher turned novelist and a young waitress.
"The Affair" has yet to turn into a major hit for Showtime, yet it beat out "Downton Abbey,"
Another big surprise came in the comedy actress category, when Gina Rodriguez won for the
The first season of FX's "Fargo" — based on the 1996 crime thriller by the
Alluding to the perceived sensitivity now pervading pop culture, Thornton remarked, "You can say anything in the world and get in trouble. I know this for a fact."
So the actor merely said thanks, smiled and strode offstage.