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This time last year almost no one knew who Lena Dunham was, but after the success of her hit show Girls at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, she’s what everyone is talking about today.
Dunham, who created the show and also stars in it, took home two awards - Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series.
Judd Apatow, known for his work on hits such as Knocked Up and Superbad, is the producer of the show. According to Yahoo! News, Apatow was inspired by Dunham’s film Tiny Furniture, which convinced him to be involved with the project.
Dunham took to Twitter after the show to celebrate her success:
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 14, 2013
Girls was up against tough competition – The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Modern Family and Smash were also nominated. Dunham was up against Zooey Deschanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the show’s hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, for the Best Actress award.
According to the Los Angeles Times, last night was the first time one of the four major broadcast networks' shows did not take home an award at the Globes.
“It's the most unbelievable gift to get to make it and this kind of recognition you never dream of,” Dunham said after the show, according to Yahoo! News. “You hope, you know, 11 people will Tweet about it, and maybe HBO will let you go for one more season. It's really unbelievable.”
Girls, which airs on HBO, coincidentally premiered its second season last night.