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Kelsey Grammer Golden Globes 2012: Wins Best Actor For 'Boss'

Kelsey Grammer

First Posted: 01/15/12 09:19 PM ET Updated: 01/16/12 09:20 AM ET

In the one of the biggest surprises of the night, Kelsey Grammer took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Starz's "Boss," beating out last year's winner and 2012 frontrunner Steve Buscemi. For a show with a small audience and often mediocre reviews, very few people expected Grammer's name to be inside that envelope.

Grammer stars in the political drama as Tom Kane, the ruthless mayor of Chicago. Grammer beat out Steve Buscemi, for “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston for his work in “Breaking Bad," Jeremy Irons for Showtime's “The Borgias” and Damian Lewis for “Homeland.”

"Boss", which was renewed for a Season 2 before Season 1 even premiered, wrapped its first season to an audience of about 500,000 viewers. "Boss" was also nominated for Best Drama series, but lost to Showtime's critically-acclaimed "Homeland." TV winners proved you don't have to be a big player in the Nielsen ratings to take home a Golden Globe. Laura Dern won for "Enlightened," which ended its first season to about 260,000 viewers, Matt LeBlanc won for "Episodes," which had 590,000 viewers for its finale, Claire Danes' "Homeland" ended Season 1 to 1.7 million viewers, Peter Dinklage's "Game of Thrones" ended Season 1 to 3 million viewers and Jessica Lange's "American Horror Story" was the most-watched with 3.2 million viewers for its finale.

For more TV winners, head on over to our full nominee and winners list. Want to weigh-in on the fashions of the night? Check out Moviefone's gallery.

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Dressed up in a gorgeous J. Mendel gown, the "Homeland" star and nominee told NBC, "I'm so excited to be here. I"m really really happy to be here." The actress brought her mom as her date. But after all the intensity of her Showtime political thriller, is she still nervous for the big Golden Globe moment? "Yeah, sure," she told Ryan Seacrest with a laugh. "We're having fun," Danes said about her night with mom.

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