British TV stars scoop Golden Globes

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Ben Whishaw and Richard Madden were among the first winners to be announced at the ceremony

British actors Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw were among the early winners at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Madden was named best TV drama actor at the prestigious ceremony for his role in BBC One’s hit thriller Bodyguard.

Whishaw won best actor in a TV limited series for another BBC drama, A Very English Scandal.

The Americans was named best TV drama, while Michael Douglas won best actor in a TV series (musical or comedy) for Netflix’s The Kominsky Method.

A host of other film and TV stars are being honoured at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Michael Douglas dedicated his award to wife Catherine Zeta Jones

The other winners so far:

  • Best performance by an actor in a motion picture (comedy or musical) – Christian Bale, Vice
  • Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Best actress in a TV series (drama) – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for TV – Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for TV: Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Best animated film – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Best original song – Shallow, A Star is Born (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson)
  • Best original score – First Man, Justin Hurwitz
  • The winners and nominees in full

Picking up his prize, Madden said: “I didn’t see this coming at all.”

The Scottish star played Sergeant David Budd in Bodyguard. The final episode was watched by more than 17 million people in the UK – making it the UK’s most watched episode of a TV drama since current records began in 2002. The series is on Netflix outside the UK.

He used his speech to pay tribute to co-star Keeley Hawes, “the best actress I could ever work with”, series creator Jed Mercurio, and his mother and father, who had flown from Scotland for the ceremony.

Whishaw honours ‘a true queer hero’

Whishaw, meanwhile, dedicated his trophy to Norman Scott, the man he portrayed in A Very English Scandal.

Scott was targeted in a failed murder plot hatched by Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe, played in the drama by Hugh Grant.

Whishaw said Scott “took on the establishment with a courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring”, adding: “He’s a true queer hero, an icon, and Norman this is for you.”

Meanwhile, Michael Douglas won for playing an ageing acting coach, and dedicated his award to his “extraordinary, wonderful wife Catherine” – that’s Catherine Zeta Jones – and his 102-year-old father Kirk.

The award came 49 years after he received his first Golden Globe nomination for best male newcomer.

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Sandra Oh won for Killing Eve, as well as co-hosting the ceremony

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes reward TV as well as film.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story had the most TV nominations, getting four mentions in all.

Killing Eve star Sandra Oh won best actress in a TV drama and thanked her Korean parents, who were seated in the audience, in an emotional acceptance speech.

Oh is also co-hosting Sunday’s ceremony in Beverly Hills alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Andy Samberg.

Leading the film nominations this year is Vice – a satirical biopic of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney – which has six.

A Star Is Born has five nods, including best film drama actress for Lady Gaga and best film drama actor and best director for Bradley Cooper.

The Favourite and Green Book also have five nominations each, while Mary Poppins Returns and Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman have four apiece.

British nominees include Olivia Colman, who is in the running for best actress in a film comedy or musical for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Her main competition in that category is thought to come from fellow Brit Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns.

The Golden Globe winners are decided by around 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

For films and movie stars, a win at the Golden Globes can be key in the race for the Oscars, with around 8,200 Oscars voters due to vote for the Academy Award nominees during the coming week.

The Oscars campaigning will heat up from now until the ceremony in Hollywood on 24 February.

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