Anya Taylor-Joy Wins Best Actress For ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ at Golden Globes

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The star-studded Golden Globes event rolled around for the 78th time and this year, we were truly treated to some iconic moments we’ll never forget, including Anya Taylor-Joy’s first major acting award.

Keep scrolling to see her amazing reaction to the win…

The event promised to be as glamorous as last years’, even if the conditions weren’t exactly the same.

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From sound issues to lagging zoom calls, the Golden Globes saw a whole host of technical issues amid an ongoing wave of criticism for the lack of diversity portrayed at the event, including behind the scenes in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Throughout the night, there were constant snubs against the association, who don’t even have one Black member out of the eighty-seven that there are.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did not falter when they addressed the tense situation. Even if they were in separate locations, they were definitely in synch when calling the lack of diversity out.

“Everybody is understandably upset at the HFPA and their choices,” said Poehler.

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“Look a lot of trashy garbage got nominated, but that happens, OK? That’s like their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked.”

Fey also added:

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“We all know that award shows are stupid but even with stupid things, inclusivity is important. Maybe you guys didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you’ve got to change that.”

But even despite the unnerving undertone, one theme remained consistent: The British takeover.

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Only a year after the Brits hijacked last year’s awards, yet again, we saw the actors and actresses across the pond take center stage.

The night kicked off with wins for 2 Black British stars, a tiny spot of success considering the vast majority of nominations across all categories were white.

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Winning best-supporting roles in TV and film was Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah, and John Boyega in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe. And ironically, both of them experienced some terrible technical issues which saw Kaluuya almost get cut off the screen.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom…

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Throughout the night, we saw some glimmer of hope, with the majority of best director nominations being women. What? Women being recognized as directors? It only took them seventy-eight years but we’re finally here.

Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night in Miami, and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland.

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Zhao took the win and it was well and truly deserved.
Nomadland at its core for me is a pilgrimage through grief and healing,” said Zhao, during her speech. “So for everyone who has gone through this difficult journey at some point in their lives, this is for you.”

The Comedy category saw some well-deserved wins too.

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Sacha Baron Cohen took home an award for the hilarious Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, a film that tackled “controversial” with a combination of tastelessness and sophistication. In his speech, he even snubbed the HFPA, saying: “Donald Trump is contesting the results… He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA.”

The final season of Schitt’s Creek went out on a high.

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They took the crown for Best Series, as well as Best Actress (in a television, musical or comedy) for Catherine O’Hara.

Rosamund Pike and Andra Day also took home some major awards.

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Pike for her role in I Care A Lot and Day for The United States vs Billie Holliday.

The Crown snatched another 3 awards, taking their overall wins up to 6.

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“You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure,” Emma Corrin said, thanking the real-life Princess Diana for her win.

But the night took an emotional turn when Chadwick Boseman was announced the winner of Best Actor.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was his final on-screen appearance and the award show paid homage to the late actor who died from colon cancer back in August.

His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award on his behalf saying this:

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“[Boseman would] say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside all of us that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going.”

And it was also an emotional night for Anya Taylor-Joy.

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The star of the hit Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit, continued the win for the Brits as she took home the prize for Best Actress in a limited series.

​And with this being her first major acting accolade, her fans were thrilled she was receiving the recognition she deserves.

​Not only was the actress exuding excitement, but she also looked absolutely gorgeous accepting the award from her home.

Dress in a custom Dior emerald green dress, she “[managed] to pay homage to both the major Hollywood moments she is nominated for,” wrote Vogue. “The retro-infused couture gown, which the actor’s stylist Law Roach says is “very much in the wheelhouse of Monsieur Christian Dior”, conjures up the essence of Emma, the remaking of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel in which Taylor-Joy plays the titular role, and The Queen’s Gambit, the historical drama charting the rise of a female chess prodigy in the ’60s.”

Prior to this iconic win, Taylor-Joy had a few critics prizes under her belt, but nothing as major as a Golden Globe.

Watch her full speech above.
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