Golden Globes 2020: Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins prize for Fleabag
The 77th Golden Globe Awards are under way in Los Angeles, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge among the early winners.
The British star was named best actress in a TV series (musical or comedy) for her BBC sitcom Fleabag.
“This really comes down to Andrew Scott,” she said, thanking her Irish co-star for bring “so much fire” to the show’s second season.
“He could have chemistry with a pebble,” she said of the actor, who played the “Hot Priest” in the show.
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Russell Crowe was another early 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.
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 British comedian also took Hollywood’s great and good to task for expressing political opinions while simultaneously accepting money from multinationals with questionable business practices.
Tom Hanks is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award during this year’s ceremony, which began at 01:00 GMT.
The actor was seen during the telecast looking less than impressed by Gervais’s opening monologue.
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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