‘The Crown’ sweeps Golden Globes for television; Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor take home top honours

British royal drama ‘The Crown‘ and comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ won top television honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday in a mostly virtual bicoastal ceremony that took place under pandemic conditions and a furor over diversity.

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. “That’s nuts,” he said. “That’s crazy. Wow!”

The Korean-American movie ‘Minari’, about an immigrant family starting a farm in rural America in the 1980s, won best foreign language movie.

Elsewhere, 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’.

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.

Members of the HFPA appeared on Sunday’s show and pledged to do better. Ali Sar, the current president, who is from Turkey, said the group would create an environment where “a diverse membership is the norm, not the exception. We look forward to a more inclusive future.”

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