January 13 was a big day for Lena Dunham. The second season of Girls premiered on HBO at 9 p.m. ET that evening; around 10:30 the very same night, Dunham’s show was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical.
Dunham — already a winner that night for Best Actress in a TV Comedy — accepted the award with an exuberant yelp, urging her co-stars and creative team to get “super close” to the microphone. Her heartfelt acceptance speech ended with Dunham thanking Chad Lowe, a joking reference to Hilary Swank’s famous omission at the 2000 Oscars. It was frank, funny, and a little bit awkward — just what someone who loved Girls‘s first season would expect from the show’s visionary.