'Weeds' star Parker bests all four 'Desperate Housewives'

Tuesday, January 17th 2006, 6:28 am
By: News On 6

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ ``Weeds'' left the Wisteria Lane ladies lacking.

Mary-Louise Parker, who plays a suburban drug dealer on Showtime's ``Weeds,'' captured the Golden Globe for best TV comic actress Monday night despite competition from all four leads of ABC's immensely popular ``Desperate Housewives'' _ Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria.

``I thought we were all kind of desperate housewives,'' Parker said backstage at the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards. ``Mine was just a little more desperate than they were.''

The best comedy award, however, went to ``Desperate Housewives,'' and its network mate ``Lost'' took the Globe for best drama.

``Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the consideration,'' said ``Lost'' co-creator Damon Lindelof, ``and the open bar.''

The two drama acting winners _ Geena Davis of ``Commander in Chief'' and Hugh Laurie of ``House'' _ showed their talents for comedy in acceptance speeches true to the impish, often lubricated spirit of the Golden Globes.

Davis, who portrays President Mackenzie Allen on the rookie ABC show, said a little girl in a party dress told her on the way into the show that ``because of you, I want to be president some day.''

The audience reacted with a theatrical ``ahhhhhh.''

``That didn't actually happen,'' Davis said, ``but it could have. It very well could have.''

Laurie, who masks his British accent to play the brilliant but difficult doctor in ``House,'' said he had 172 people to thank. So he said he wrote their names on slips of paper and would choose three at random. He thanked the show's script supervisor, hair stylist and, finally, his agent.

``That's not my handwriting,'' he said. ``Oh, he's good.''

Steve Carell, whose surprise win for actor in a comedy could boost NBC's struggling ``The Office,'' trumped them both.

``Wow!'' he said. ``I really did not expect this so I didn't write anything. However, my wife did and handed me this.''

To growing laughs, Carell thanked his wife four times for, among other things, giving him two wonderful children ``as painful as her labor might have been.''

The HBO miniseries about a struggling New England town, ``Empire Falls,'' won a Globe, and so did venerated actor Paul Newman for his supporting role as the father figure.

Elvis Presley was in the building, spiritually at least, when Jonathan Rhys-Meyers won best actor in a TV movie for the lead in CBS' ``Elvis.'' S. Epatha Merkerson, who played a rooming house operator in HBO's ``Lackawanna Blues,'' won best actress in a TV movie.

``I feel like I'm 16,'' said Merkerson, 53. ``And if I weren't in the middle of a hot flash, I'd believe that.

The bubbly Sandra Oh of ABC's hit medical soap opera ``Grey's Anatomy'' almost lost sight of the stage in trying to retrieve her supporting actress award.

``I feel like someone set me on fire!'' she said.