The 68th Golden Globes for Television categories threw up some surprises. Boardwalk Empire, a late entrant into the competition category, overthrew the three-year run of Mad Men to win the best drama.

The drama series on HBO is based on the prohibition era and won Steve Buscemi , the best actor award. Boardwalk Empire made its debut in September with an opening episode directed by the famous award winning director, Martin Scorsese. Made on a lavish budget it is estimated to have cost more than $60 million for the first season.

Glee, the Fox musical hit raked in three awards as best comedy series and best supporting actors for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. Chris won for his portrayal of a gay student. He seemed the most surprised to receive the award and thanked the creator Ryan Murphy for the role. He lauded Glee for turning musicals and performing arts ‘cool’

Some new winners were Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy; Jim Parsons for The Big Bang theory, after the Emmy for it and Laura Linney took home one for The Big C.

HBO and Fox were the biggest winners with four and three awards respectively. ABC and NBC both went home empty handed.

The list of Golden Globe winners is below:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

Best Director - Motion Picture
David Fincher, The Social Network

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, Burlesque
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Best Television Series - Drama
Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Glee

Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best Foreign Language Film
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch, Glee

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer, Glee

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Carlos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy