11/09/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST
Last night's Golden Globes ceremony proved a stronger harbinger of things to come for TV's Emmy Awards than for filmdom's Oscars. While HBO's "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City" emerged as the clear-cut small-screen favorites among the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Globes, no such movie front-runner stepped forward. The mob-related TV show was named best TV drama and collected three acting awards, while Sarah Jessica Parker won a best actress prize for "Sex." The most number of movie-related Globes went to "American Beauty," for best screenplay, best director Sam Mendes and best dramatic picture ("Toy Story 2" took the comedy/musical best picture). The lead actors in "Beauty" -- Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening -- were shut out in favor of Denzel Washington ("The Hurricane") and critics' darling Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"). "Spin City"'s best comedy series actor Michael J. Fox provided the evening's emotional highpoint when he acknowledged -- with humor -- his failing physical stamina and his leaving the show, while Jim Carrey provided the liveliest moment. Having played the late comic Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon," Carrey won as best actor for the second year running, this time in a comedy (though, as he mentioned, he thought he was in a drama). "What's going on here?" he said during his speech. "I'm the Tom Hanks of the Golden Globes."
- For more on the Golden Globes, including a complete list of winners and photos from last night, click here.