Cor blimey! Brit stars triumph at the Golden Globes
Great to see some home-grown British talent walking off with big prizes at last night’s Golden Globes.
The ever-delightful Olivia Colman, fast on her way to sealing a reputation as a national treasure, took best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Her response from the winner’s podium - “Cor blimey!” and “Ed and the kids, look! Yay!” - was such a refreshing change from the self-absorbed, hand-wringing American acceptance speeches we hear so often.
Richard Madden meanwhile both won best actor awards for TV shows. Madden in The Bodyguard and Wishaw for his portrayal of Norman Scott, the gay model and lover of Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe, in A Very English Scandal.
Another British-raised actor to figure prominently was Christian Bale who took a best actor for his role as former US Vice President Dick Cheney. Controversially he thanked "Satan" for inspiration for the role in the film Vice.
Admittedly claiming Hollywood star Bale as a British actor is becoming ever more tenuous as the years pass but let’s not forget that Christian Bale, born in Wales and brought up in England, was a Bournemouth schoolboy when Steven Spielberg gave him his big break in Empire of the Sun.
Congratulations one and all.