HBO's "John Adams" Sweeps the Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES - "John Adams," the captivating mini-series that drew audiences to watch our nation's 2nd President on Sunday nights last year, has won in all its major categories at tonight's Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, who portrayed John and Abigail Adams in the adaptation of the David McCullough book, both won for Best Actor and Actress in a Mini-Series. Tom Wilkinson was also honored for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin. Tom Hanks, the primary producer of the series, grabbed the Globe for Best Mini-Series.

Other winners tonight included "Wall-E" for Best Animated Film, and "30 Rock" as Best Comedy Series.

Earlier in the evening, the sentimental vote for Best Supporting Actor in a film was awarded to the late Heath Ledger, earning the prize for his diabolical turn as the Joker in the Batman blockbuster ``The Dark Knight.'' The award has been accepted by the film's director, Christopher Nolan.

The Globe win boosts Ledger's prospects for the supporting-actor
honor at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 22,
the first anniversary of the actor's death from an accidental
overdose of prescription drugs.

Legendary film director Steven Spielberg is a special guest of the Hollywood Foreign Press, naming him winner of this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award.


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