1. The newly crowned queen of period drama: Claire Foy
Winner: Best Actress in a Television Drama
For her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix’s high budget hit The Crown, Foy took to stage to accept her award saying: ‘Oh my god, I’m having an out-of-body experience.’ The Stockport-born actress who shimmered on stage in a custom made Erdem dress dedicated the award to all the people around her explaining: ‘When you play a real-life person it’s tricky, and you rely very much on the people around you.’
Paying tribute to the Queen she said: ‘I really, really, really wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for some extraordinary women, and I’m going to thank them. One of them is Queen Elizabeth II. She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years, and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me.’
The 32-year old mother of one who took on the role shortly after giving birth also thanked her daughter saying: ‘And finally, another extraordinary woman in the making, my girl. I love you, you’re the future, and oh, you’re just brilliant.”
2. The gossip-worthy and rather well-dressed Tom Hiddleston
Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture
The London born actor won Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture for his performance as the hotel night porter Jonathan Pine in BBC One’s The Night Manager but it was his speech that garned all the attention.
Picking up his award Hiddleston started off his speech like most actors do by thanking his co-stars and his agents. However, he quickly came under fire on Twitter when he started telling a story about his humanitarian work in South Sudan.
Explaining how he met a group of medics who ‘wanted to say hello’ to him because ‘during the shelling the previous month they had binge-watched The Night Manager‘ Hiddleston went onto say: ‘The idea that I could, or that we could provide, some relief and entertainment for people who work for Unicef and Médecins Sans Frontières and The World Food Programme who are fixing the world in the places where it was broken made me immensely proud.’
His comments quickly sparked criticism on social media with many mocking the actor for portraying himself as a ‘white saviour’ while others screen-grabbed the unfortunate reactions of the other ceremony attendees.
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3. The for being an oldie but a goodie – Hugh Laurie
Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television film
As Laurie took to the stage to accept his award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television film for his performance in BBC One’s The Night Manager, he took a sly dig at the President-elect Donald Trump.
Holding his award the actor said: ‘I won at the last ever Golden Globes. I don’t meant to be gloomy, it’s just that it has the words Hollywood, Foreign, and Press in the title. To some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy.’
4. The national treasure in the making – Olivia Colman
Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series of TV Movie
Taking The Night Manager to award number three was Olivia Coleman who picked up the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series of TV Movie for her portrayl of Angela Burr in the BBC drama.
Colman did not attend the ceremony so instead the presenters of the ceremony, Kristen Bell and Cuba Gooding Jr. accepted the award on her behalf.
5. The being ridiculously good-looking and proving age really doesn’t matter – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Movie
It was a bit of a surprise victory for the 26-year old when he scooped the award for Best Supporting Actor in a movie for his performance in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
Dedicating his award to his wife, the film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson the actor who played the role of the violent psychopath Ray Marcus in the film said: ‘I want to thank my wife for being there with me and supporting me,” he said on stage. “Thank you for putting up with me. Jesus, I was not very pleasant in this role.’
6. The comeback queen – Thandie Newton
The Westworld actress may have lost out to Olivia Colman in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series category, but she totally won at how to be be humble when you lose.
After working the red carpet in a white off-the-shoulder Monse gown, Newton who plays Maeve, a sassy prostitute in the HBO TV series took to Twitter to congratulate Colman tweeting that she was ‘so happy and proud to celebrate #OliviaColeman (sic) tonight.’ She followed it with another tweet where she said: ‘And to all my fellow Nominees – you are DOPE and congratulations on representing the fierceness of Woman in 2016 xxx
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