Real-life stories ruled the Golden Globe TV honours, as Olivia Colman's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, Michelle Williams' turn as Broadway star Gwen Verdon and the nuclear disaster drama Chernobyl won top honours.
Real-world issues also found their way into Sunday's ceremony. In accepting the best actress award for the miniseries Fosse/Verdon, Williams made abortion and women's rights the central theme of her remarks.
The actress said her career would not have been possible without “employing a women’s right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom, ” adding,"When it’s time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It's what men have been doing for years."
Russell Crowe, honoured for his portrayal of Fox News architect Roger Ailes in the limited series The Loudest Voice, drew Australia’s disastrous fires into the awards show from thousands of miles away. Crowe was kept from attending because “he’s protecting his family from the devastating bush fires, ” said presenter Jennifer Aniston, who read a statement from him.
“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based, ” Crowe said in part, calling “for respect for our planet for the amazing place it is. That way, we all have a future.”
For Colman, it’s good to be queen. She won a Golden Globe for her performance as British monarch Elizabeth II in The Crown after claiming a 2019 Oscar for playing an 18th-century English ruler, Anne, in The Favourite.
Fleabag, which dominated last September's Emmy Awards, was honoured as best comedy series and its star-creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge claimed the best actress award.
She credited her co-star, Andrew Scott aka the show's "Hot Priest," for their much-lauded chemistry in the series. Scott would have chemistry with "a pebble," Waller-Bridge said.
Despite the high praise, Scott didn't convert his nomination into a supporting actor trophy.
Ramy Youssef won the best actor trophy for a musical or comedy for Ramy, a show about an Arab Muslim family in New Jersey.
"I know you guys haven't seen my show," he self-deprecatingly told the celebrity-packed ballroom, adding, "This means a lot to be recognized on this level."
Chernobyl, a dramatisation of the Russian nuclear disaster, was honored as best limited series, with cast member Stellan Skarsgard named best actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV movie.
Succession, about a media empire beset by family infighting, won the best drama series award. Brian Cox, who stars as the patriarch, was honoured as best actor.
"I want to apologise to my fellow nominees for winning this. I'm sorry... I never thought this would ever happen to me," Cox said. – AP
- Best TV series (drama): Succession
- Best TV series (musical or comedy): Fleabag
- Best limited series or TV film: Chernobyl
- Best actor in a TV series (drama): Brian Cox, Succession
- Best actor in a TV series (musical or comedy): Ramy Youssef, Ramy
- Best actress in a TV series (drama): Olivia Colman, The Crown
- Best actress in a TV series (musical or comedy): Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
- Best actor in a limited series or TV film: Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
- Best actress in a limited series or TV film: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
- Best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or TV film: Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
- Best supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV film: Patricia Arquette, The Act