'Homeland' Wins Big for a Second Year at the Golden Globes

'Girls' scoops up prizes for Jewish actress Lena Dunham and best comedy, while Ben Affleck is named best director for 'Argo,' a film based on a rescue mission from revolutionary Iran in the 1970s.

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Homeland, based on the Israeli format Hatufim" (Prisoners of War), was the big winner of the Golden Globe awards for television drama on Sunday, raking in awards for the second season running.

"Homeland" won best drama and best actor honors for Damian Lewis who plays a returning Iraq veteran turned by Al-Qaida, and a best actress award for Claire Danes in her role as a bipolar CIA agent.

"All of us killed ourselves to live up to the hype of the first season, and this tells me that maybe we did not screw this up," said Alex Gansa, executive producer for the series that is in its second season on cable network Showtime.

"Homeland" had won best drama at September's Emmys, the top awards in television, ending the reign of AMC's stylish 1960s advertising show "Mad Men."

Parts of both the first and second seasons of "Homeland" were shot in Israel, with the Jewish state's rugged deserts and twisting alleys representing Afghanistan and Iraq.

While the post-9/11 psychological thriller earned a repeat success, brash newcomer "Girls" and its struggling New York 20-somethings took home the top comedy honors.

The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for film and television, took a different path on comedy by choosing HBO's "Girls" over perennial favorite "Modern Family."

"Girls" creator and writer Lena Dunham won best actress in a comedy series, in which the 26-year-old bares herself, both physically and emotionally.

The series, which kicked off its second season Sunday night, tells the tale of Dunham and three girlfriends in Brooklyn, coping with boyfriends, sexuality, low or no-paying jobs and the end to parental support.

The show has raised eyebrows for its nudity and graphic sex scenes and the self-absorbed ways of its privileged young women.

"I think when you get criticism, you have to be elegant about it and appreciate it and understand it," said Dunham backstage, adding that "I'm sure people dislike the show for plenty of reasons."

In the dramatic movie category, the Globes favored "Argo," a tale of the rescue of American diplomats trapped in revolutionary Iran in the 1970s. Ben Affleck was named best director for the film, three days after he failed to get an Oscar nomination in the same category.

The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has become the entertainment industry's second-biggest awards show after February's Oscars, or Academy Awards.

Damian Lewis, winner for Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama for 'Homeland,' at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 13, 2013.Credit: Reuters
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Damian Lewis, winner for Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama for 'Homeland,' at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 13, 2013.Credit: Reuters
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Claire Danes with her award for best actress in a TV drama series for her role in 'Homeland' during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013.Credit: NBC / AP
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Zosia Mamet of 'Girls' at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013.Credit: AFP