The Golden Globes gave the FX series “The Americans” a going-away present by naming it the best television drama following the conclusion of its six-season run, leading the cast and creators to hold a group hug onstage.
The taut drama about two Russian spies leading an undercover life as an American couple was relatively unappreciated in awards season, and Sunday’s award was its first Globe. Its well-reviewed series finale last May — the New Yorker called it “elegant, potent and unforgettable” — gave it a strong exit.
The series and its stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, had never won a Globe before. Rhys won an Emmy last fall as best drama actor but lost Sunday night to Richard Madden of “Bodyguard.”
Russell lost to Globes co-host Sandra Oh, who captured best dramatic actress as the star of BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” playing investigator Eve Polastri as she hunted a psychotic assassin. A visibly moved Oh bowed to her beaming parents as they stood and applauded for her in the audience.
“Was it fun to win?” co-host Andy Samberg asked her moments later.
“I have no idea what’s happening,” she answered.
The Globes went for some old-time Hollywood glamour in giving movie star Michael Douglas the best acting award in a TV comedy. Douglas plays an aging acting coach in “The Kominsky Method,” a Netflix sitcom that co-stars Alan Arkin and was written by veteran TV comedy writer Chuck Lorre.
“Chuck thinks getting old is funny,” Douglas said. “Thank you for your exquisite work.”
The three-time Globe winner hoisted his trophy and said, “alte kacker,” using a Yiddish phrase that means “old man.”
“The Kominsky Method” also won best television series — musical or comedy.
FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” was also a double winner Sunday, taking home two similar awards it picked up at last year’s Emmys: best television limited series and best supporting actor for Darren Criss.
Rachel Brosnahan won her second consecutive Globe for best actress in a TV comedy for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” while Patricia Arquette won the Globe for best actress in a TV miniseries for playing the prison employee Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell, who helped two prisoners escape from a New York state penitentiary, in the Showtime adaptation “Escape at Dannemora.” Her director, Ben Stiller, gave her the award.
“I love Ben Stiller,” she said.
She was briefly bleeped out in her speech as she talked about all the people who helped her in filming the drama.
Patricia Clarkson captured best supporting actress in a limited TV series or movie for her role in “Sharp Objects.”
Ben Wishaw won his first Golden Globe for playing British parliament member Jeremy Thorpe’s lover in the BBC drama, “A Very English Scandal,” which is streamed on Amazon.
Madden was another first-time Globe winner as the star of “Bodyguard,” a Netflix series that also has English roots. Madden plays a security officer trying to stop a suicide bomber in the tense drama.