By Hillary Busis
Updated January 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM EST


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The funniest thing about Lena Dunham thanking Chad Lowe during her second Golden Globes acceptance speech last night? The people in Dunham’s demographic — 26 and younger — probably had no idea why she was giving a shout-out to Chris Traeger‘s brother.

Awards buffs, of course, know that Dunham was making a reference to Hilary Swank’s Best Actress acceptance speech at the 2000 Oscars. After receiving her award, the Boys Don’t Cry star neglected to thank her then-husband Lowe — even as the ceremony’s camerapeople kept cutting to a teary Chad sitting in the audience. Swank and Lowe eventually got divorced, though not until seven years had passed (and Swank had snagged another Best Actress statuette. That time, Lowe was one of the first people she thanked).

What those same buffs may not know, though, is that Dunham actually pledged to thank Lowe if she ever won an award way back in August. Here’s the original conversation in which she made that promise:

Dunham didn’t keep her word when she won her first Golden Globe for Best TV Actress in a Comedy or Musical, which prompted Lowe to tweet the following:

After either reading his message or realizing her error, Dunham then thanked Lowe the second time she came to the podium to accept the Globe for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical. Her reasoning, as told to those in the Globes press room: She did it “because Hilary Swank forgot. And because I’m an a–hole!”

Lowe, of course, was ecstatic. His tweet thanking Dunham was soon retweeted by the Globe winner herself:

And that, my friends, is how the story ends. Can’t wait to see how this will be dramatized when Hannah finally gets her own TV show on Girls.

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