Two influential television series marked their last seasons differently. “Downtown Abbey” has its last season these last two months and has another chance at an award. “Mad Men” has already wrapped up, but on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, John Hamm went home with a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama).
Hamm had received six nominations for his role in “Mad Men” (2008-2011, 2013, 2016). He won a Primetime Emmy for playing Don Draper in “Mad Men” in 2015. He previously won a Golden Globe in 2008 in this same category. Because of the Writers Guild of America strike, the actual ceremony did not take place. It was cancelled and the winners were announced at a news conference on Jan. 14, 2008 at 6 p.m.
In his acceptance speech, Hamm said, “Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting our show for as long as you have. All the way to the end. And this is a very kind representation of that and thank you for including me in this insanely talented group of actors who I am humbled to be mentioned with. I really did not think I was going to do this. But thank you to Lionsgate and AMC for supporting our show and making sure it got on the air and stayed on the air. And thanks to Mr. Weiner, who wrote this horrible person all the way through to the end of this incredible ride and picked me to play him. And also, thank you for not taking my suggestion and ending the entire series on ‘Chumbawamba.’ You picked the right song.”
Backstage, Hamm admitted, “I was not expecting to win really, ever. I meant what I said when I was up there. It is an incredible honor to be included with the people on my list this year and every year, it seems. Because they are so different and remarkable and inspiring in what they do. I watched every split second of ‘Mr. Robot.’ I thought it was an excellent series. I think Rami did an excellent job. I watched what Bob did on Breaking Bad and Better Call Sal, and what Ed has done through his whole career is mind blowing to me. To be mentioned in the same breath as those guys I thought would never happen. I am incredibly pleased to have this represent the end of this incredible journey we have taken with the show and have it bookend when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association supported us in the very beginning when there was no ceremony because of the strike and then to end it this way is really just great. So I am incredibly humbled and pleased and grateful.”
When asked if he was up for another series or if he was reading things, Hamm joked, “I am reading things, texts most recently, a lot of texts, Instagram posts, I have been reading a lot of those. Sure, when you look at what’s on television now from ‘Fargo’ to ‘American Horror Story’ to ‘Narcos,’ television, what does it even mean anymore? I haven’t read anything that has blown me away yet, but that could be later tonight.”
“Mad Men” won Golden Globes in 2008, 2009, and 2010 for Best TV series (drama). Of the 2008 non-ceremonies, Hamm reminisced, “Myself and the cast and producers and writers and some of the crew were all together at the penthouse of Chateau Marmount, which has a beautiful deck that overlooks Hollywood Boulevard. And I think we had arranged that well ahead of time in a genius forethought in case there wasn’t a ceremony we could all be together, and we all watched it on TV. They wheeled in, like in ninth-grade health class, they wheeled in a thing on a cart, and we watched it on that. It was really, really nice. We had our own miniature Golden Globes.”
Hamm also touched on the changing landscape of television programming, saying, “We got incredibly lucky. We got in just before peak TV. I think in a post-ratings world that we are in now where ratings kind of don’t really matter the way they used to where people would hang all their accolades on a certain number. I think now what you look at is the depth and breadth of a cultural generation that you show or a performance or a story has. I think that that’s certainly helped along by organizations like HFPA and incredible blog culture that exists now where people want to recap shows and get in lively discussions and the comments about them. We were very, very fortunate to be at the very beginning of all that. I look forward to being a consumer of it hopefully for the rest of my life. I love TV.”
You can currently watch “Mad Men” on Amazon Video. “Downton Abbey” has already begun the American broadcast of its last season, but only had one nomination for the Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress in a Series (Joanne Froggatt). Froggatt won last year. The last season will be eligible for Golden Globes next year. “Downton Abbey” is included on Amazon Video Prime.