British actors win early Golden Globes
British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is among the early winners at the 74th Golden Globes.
The 26-year-old won best supporting actor in a movie for his role in Tom Ford’s film Nocturnal Animals.
He dedicated his award to his wife film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson, 49, describing her as his soulmate and thanking her for “putting up with me”, adding: “Jesus, I was not very pleasant in this role”.
Taylor-Johnson beat Mahershala Ali in the film Moonlight, Jeff Bridges in Hell Or High Water, Simon Helberg in Florence Foster Jenkins, and fellow British actor Dev Patel in Lion.
British actor Hugh Laurie was awarded best supporting actor in a television series for his role in The Night Manager.
He appeared to take a shot at US President-elect Donald Trump as he accepted his award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at what he described as the “last ever Golden Globes”.
He added: “I don’t mean to be gloomy. It’s just it has ‘Hollywood’, ‘foreign’ and ‘press’ in the title. To some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy.
“I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”
Olivia Coleman and Tom Hiddleston also won Golden Globes for their roles in The Night Manager – Coleman for best supporting actress and Hiddleston for best actor.
Viola Davis won best-supporting film actress for her role in Amazon’s Fences, which is an adaptation of an August Wilson play.
She beat British actress Naomi Harris who was nominated for her role in Moonlight, while fellow Briton Charlotte Rampling also missed out on the Golden Globe for best actress in a limited TV series for her role in London Spy.
Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of singer Diana Ross, was awarded best actress in a TV comedy or musical for her role in Black-ish, dedicating her award to “all the women of colour and colourful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy, valid and important”.
Ryan Gosling won best actor in a musical or comedy for his role in La La Land. The film’s composer Justin Hurwitz won best score and its lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won best original song for City of Stars.
Gosling thanked his partner Eva Mendes, saying: “While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising my daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.”
He dedicated his award to that brother – Juan Carlos Mendes, who died from cancer last year, aged 53.
Billy Bob Thornton won best the Golden Globe for best TV drama actor in the Amazon series Goliath, where he plays a disgraced lawyer seeking revenge against his former firm.