'Mad Men' wins third drama award in a row

03/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globes can't get enough of "Mad Men."

AMC's critically acclaimed series about a 1960s-era ad agency won its third straight award for best television drama, part of a big night for cable networks. The competitive pay cable networks Showtime and HBO both won three trophies.

"Television is amazing right now," said Matthew Weiner, the series' creator. "To be in the lineup with these shows – my TiVo is burned out."

"Mad Men" won despite a big night for Showtime's "Dexter." Michael C. Hall won for best actor in a drama and John Lithgow won a supporting actor honor. Both men play serial killers who match wits on the bloody series.

Hall, who is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, wore a wool cap as he accepted his award. He did not mention his illness.

"I've had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months," said Lithgow, whose Trinity killer joined the series this season.

The Golden Globe could give a burst of attention to Collette's series, "United States of Tara" – at least, that was her expressed hope.

Julianna Margulies won for best actress in a drama for her performance as a lawyer fighting back from the humiliation of her disgraced politician husband in "The Good Wife." It was her first Golden Globe in seven nominations, and she kissed her fellow "ER" actor George Clooney on the way to the stage.

"It was enough to be nominated with these wonderful women and Glenn Close, I'd bow down, but this dress would rip," said Margulies, the only nominee in her category from a broadcast network. The CBS drama is in its first year.

HBO's "Grey Gardens," about reclusive mother and daughter Edith and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was judged the best movie or miniseries made for TV. Drew Barrymore, who co-starred with Jessica Lange, took the prize for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her role as the eccentric "Little Edie."

A nervous Barrymore accepted the award, thanking producers for taking a chance on her for the role even though she's known to have a goofy reputation.

"Oh, God, I'm not very good at this," she said, stumbling through her speech.

Kevin Bacon, who played a Marine escort for the remains of troops killed in Iraq in the HBO move "Taking Chance," won for acting in a made-for-TV movie.

Alec Baldwin, who won the trophy for best actor in a TV series, comedy or musical, for "30 Rock," was attending a charity function and was not present to pick up the prize at the Beverly Hills Hotel ceremony.

(This version CORRECTS that 'Grey Gardens' about a mother and daughter, not 2 sisters.)