Lena Dunham of the HBO show "Girls" has won the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical Or Comedy, marking her first win and nomination for the show.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 13. Dunham beat nominees Zooey Deschanel of "New Girl," Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep," Tina Fey of "30 Rock" and Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation." Poehler and Fey co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards.
"This award is for every woman who's ever felt there wasn't a space for her," Dunham said in her acceptance speech, about "Girls." "This show has made me feel like there is a space for me."
"Girls," which is produced by Judd Apatow's production company, debuted in April 2012 to strong ratings and season 2 began on January 13 as well. The series was created by Dunham, who stars as Hannah Horvath, one of four young women in their 20s, in the New York City-based show.
"Girls" also stars Allison Williams, daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams, Zosia Mamet, daughter of playwright David Mamet and Jemima Kirke.
Late in the evening, "Girls" won Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
"Girls" has also been nominated for five Emmys and has won one. Dunham was also nominated for three Emmys for her role on the show, as well as for writing and directing. "Girls" has been nominated for a total of five Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.
Dunham is also known for her 2010 independent film, "Tiny Furniture," which won the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. She also wrote the scripts for the movies "Nobody Walks" and "Creative Nonfiction."