Golden Globes 2020: Fleabag and Olivia Colman win awards

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Waller-Bridge with her first Golden Globe of the evening

The 77th Golden Globe Awards are taking place in Los Angeles, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge among the winners.

The British star was named best actress in a TV series (musical or comedy) for her BBC sitcom Fleabag.

Olivia Colman, one of Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag co-stars, was also honoured, for playing The Queen in the third series of The Crown.

The British Oscar-winner said she had not expected to win and had gotten “a little bit boozy” as a result.

“I had money on this not happening,” she said as she was named best actress in a drama series.

“For the last year I feel I’ve been living someone else’s life, and now I feel I’ve won someone else’s award.”

Claire Foy, Colman’s predecessor on The Crown, also won a Golden Globe for playing The Queen in the Netflix drama.

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Colman took over from Claire Foy on Netflix’s royal drama

Colman accepted her prize while wearing a ring promoting ERA 50:50, a campaign advocating equal gender representation on British stage and screen.

As she collected her award, Waller-Bridge thanked another of her co-stars, Andrew Scott, for bringing “so much fire” to Fleabag’s second season.

“He could have chemistry with a pebble,” she said of the Irish actor, who played the “Hot Priest” in the show.

Fleabag went on to be named best TV series (musical or comedy) at the star-studded ceremony.

“This means a huge amount to all of us,” said Waller-Bridge, who thanked Barack Obama “for putting us on his list”.

This was a reference to a recent tweet from the former US president, in which he called Fleabag “a TV show [from 2019] that I considered as powerful as movies”.

Russell Crowe was another winner, receiving the award for best actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television for The Loudest Voice.

The Australian actor was not at the ceremony, instead sending a message about the devastating bush fires ravaging his homeland.

“Make no mistake, the tragedy taking place in Australia is climate change-based,” he said in a message read out by actress Jennifer Aniston.

Pierce Brosnan, whose sons Dylan and Paris are serving as this year’s Golden Globe ambassadors, also sent a message of goodwill to those affected by the fires.

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Ricky Gervais opened the show with a risque monologue

Ricky Gervais, hosting the event for the fifth time, kicked off proceedings with a salty monologue that poked fun at James Corden, Felicity Huffman, Martin Scorsese and others.

Yet the comedian also took Hollywood’s great and good to task for expressing political opinions while simultaneously accepting money from multinationals with questionable business practices.

Ellen DeGeneres received a special award at the ceremony, which began at 01:00 GMT.

Another special award went to actor Tom Hanks, who was briefly moved to tears as he paid tribute to his ever-supportive family.

Earlier in the ceremony the two-time Oscar-winner was seen looking less than impressed by Gervais’s opening monologue.

Other British winners include Brian Cox, who was named best actor in a drama series for Succession.

The Dundee-born actor offered his apologies to his fellow nominees, which included Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and The Crown’s Tobias Menzies.

Sam Mendes was another British winner, beating four other (male) nominees to the best film director prize with his war epic 1917.

There was also success for Sir Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, who won best film song for their Rocketman composition I’m Gonna Love Me Again.

The musical biopic enjoyed further glory later when Welsh star Taron Egerton was named best actor in musical or comedy for playing Sir Elton in the film.

As expected, South Korean satire Parasite – winner of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes – was named best foreign language film.

“Just being nominated with fellow international film-makers was a huge honour,” said director Bong Joon-Ho in a speech delivered in his native Korean.

“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” he went on to say via his translator.

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Ellen DeGeneres received a special award at the ceremony

One notable upset came in the best animated film category, where stop-motion film Missing Link beat out such hit sequels as Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.

There was no surprise, though, when perennial Globe favourite Laura Dern was named best supporting film actress for Marriage Story.

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Globes is the biggest ceremony of the annual awards season outside of the Oscars.

Many of the award recipients traditionally go on to enjoy success at the Academy Awards, to be held this year on 9 February.

Television stars and shows are also recognised at the ceremony, which is being held at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

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