Globes Flashback '08: 'Mad Men' Wins Together
By ROBERT PACE
December 20, 2012
In 2007, the game-changing period drama Mad Men premiered on television. It had an immediate impact on the critics with the same force that it has had on fashion and TV dramas in general over its five seasons. As such, the 1960s-based drama swept up at the Golden Globes for its first season.
Mad Men set a high precedent for its future seasons when it won Best Drama and Best Actor for Jon Hamm at the 2008 Golden Globes. However, they didn't actually receive the award at the Golden Globes that year, as the awards were announced via a news conference in lieu of the usual glitzy ceremony due to the Writers Guild strike.
Instead of getting dolled up and posing for pictures along the red carpet, the Mad Men stars congregated in casual attire on the roof of the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood to watch the announcements. Although they were unable to deliver any acceptance speeches, the cast and creator Matthew Weiner revealed that they preferred it the way it turned out.
"No, there's no disappointment," says John Hamm. "It was an amazing experience to be here...We are surrounded by everybody that worked on this show...[and] we were really able to share this as a huge team...That wouldn't have happened if we would have all had to be stuck in tuxedos at little tables way in the back."
Although Matthew Weiner would have liked to have delivered the acceptance speech that he'd been thinking about since he was a child, the cast echoes Hamm's preference of being with the Mad Men team over attending an awards ceremony.
Weiner would get another chance to deliver his long-awaited acceptance speech the following year at the Golden Globes and the year after that as well, as the show has gone on to win another three Golden Globes and has the potential to win its fifth overall at the 2013 Globes with Hamms' fifth Best Actor Nomination.