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‘The Crown’ sweeps Golden Globes for television

LOS ANGELES: British royal drama ‘The Crown’ and comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ won top television honours at the Golden Globes in a mostly virtual ceremony that took place under pandemic conditions.

Newcomer Emma Corrin, 25, who played a young Princess Diana in ‘The Crown’, was named best TV drama actress, beating veterans Olivia Colman and Laura Linney. Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in the Netflix series, won best TV drama actor.

“I’m just sorry I am sitting here in my tragic little office and not surrounded by the people who make this show so lovely,” said Peter Morgan, creator of ‘The Crown’, who appeared on a webcam. A surprised Corrin said, “Thank you so much to Diana. You taught me compassion and empathy.”

Dan Levy, the co-creator of ‘Schitt’s Creek’, called the best comedy series win a “lovely acknowledgement” of the show’s message of inclusion. Jason Sudeikis, wearing a hoodie, was equally taken aback by his best comedy actor win for TV series ‘Ted Lasso’, about an American football coach who gets a soccer job in London. The Korean-American movie ‘Minari’, about an immigrant family starting a farm in rural America in the 1980s, won best foreign language movie.

British actors Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega and animated movie ‘Soul’ were among diverse winners chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which has been lambasted for having no Black people among its 87 members. Kaluuya won the movie supporting actor Golden Globe for his role as Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’

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Boyega won TV supporting actor the “Small Axe” series about life as a Black person in 1970s London. ‘Soul’, the first Pixar movie to have a Black character in the lead, was named best animated movie and won best score.

The usual gathering at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills was replaced by webcams in the homes of glammed-up celebrities, small physical audiences made up of masked frontline workers and a skit about self-involved celebrities consulting doctors with their coronavirus concerns.

In the movie category, Netflix period drama ‘Mank’, about the screenwriter of ‘Citizen Kane’, went into the show with a leading six nods, including for best drama movie, for actors Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, and for director David Fincher.

The biggest competition comes from Searchlight Pictures’ ‘Nomadland’, a moving documentary-style drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America, and star-laden 1960s hippie courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Aaron Sorkin won the Golden Globe for best screenplay for ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, while British actress Rosamund Pike was awarded best comedy actress for the movie ‘I Care a Lot’.