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The Big Winners at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

In case you live under a rock and weren’t aware, the Golden Globes happened on January 5. As always, it was a night of speeches, surprises, and some snubs. Films like 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood faired nicely, as did series such as Succession and Fleabag. But the big winners we want to talk about are the actors that left the award show with a trophy in hand. Keep reading to find out which actors won for leading roles in both drama and comedy in film and TV. Plus, take a look at how they got there and what they’re up to next. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Renée Zellweger for Judy

In her early career, Zellweger started off with roles in films like Reality Bites, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Empire Records. The actor possesses an impressive body of work and is known for a number of films that include Chicago and Cold Mountain, both of which garnered her Golden Globes, as well. The latter also won her the 2004 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Films like Jerry Maguire and Bridget Jones’s Diary also contributed to Zellweger’s widespread popularity. Up next for the well-awarded actress is the upcoming drama feature Heft, which centers on a mother who seeks help for her son. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

Phoenix’s first credit listed on IMDb is from his guest appearance on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the 1982 series in which his brother River starred. Films like Russkies and Parenthood followed during his early career. Today, Phoenix is known for a number of films, such as Gladiator, Her and Walk the Line. The latter earned Phoenix a Golden Globe, as well. There are rumors that Joker 2 is in the works, but as for confirmed next projects, Phoenix will be starring in A24’s upcoming drama feature entitled C’mon C’mon.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Awkwafina for The Farewell

Awkwafina has recently become a household name, and two films from her earlier career, Storks and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, only date back to 2016. She is known for her work in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. The budding star has a number of projects in the works, including her upcoming role as Scuttle in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Taron Egerton for Rocketman

Egerton is another actor relatively new to having name recognition. His earliest IMDb credit, The Last of the Haussmans, is from 2012. In 2014, he starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, which helped introduce the British actor to the American market. Since then, Egerton has not been short on work, and he’s starred in films like Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Next projects for Egerton include Sing 2, for which he’ll reprise the role of Johnny. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Olivia Colman for The Crown

Colman had a strong start in comedy and starred in BBC sketch comedy series such as Bruiser and The Mitchell and Webb Situation early in her career. As she progressed in the industry, she landed roles in more well-known projects like Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, The Lobster, and Fleabag. The UK actor gained considerable recognition last year after snagging both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Amongst other upcoming projects that include season four of The Crown, Colman will be starring and executive producing the HBO series Landscapers


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Brian Cox for Succession

The 73-year-old actor has an extensive number of big credits under his name. In 1995, during the earlier part of his career, the Scottish thespian did two period pieces set in his native country: Braveheart and Rob Roy. Since then, he’s added a varied slew of titles to his resume that includes blockbusters like Super Troopers, The Bourne Identity, Troy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Amongst Cox’s next projects is the horror feature Separation, whose cast also includes Mamie Gummer. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

Waller-Bridge is another winner whose rise to fame has been relatively recent. Her earliest credit on IMDb starts in 2009, and roles in projects such as The Iron Lady and the BBC series Broadchurch led up to her breakout performance as the titular character in Fleabag. The British auteur gained significant recognition for not only starring in it, but also creating the popular series that earned her three Emmy awards last year. Waller-Bridge also created Killing Eve and is on the writing team for the next installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die. The successful multi-hyphenate isn’t stopping there – she is executive producing and starring in HBO’s upcoming comedy thriller series entitled Run

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Ramy Youssef for Ramy

Youssef got his start on the Nickelodeon show See Dad Run. His other credits leading up to Ramy include three episodes of Mr. Robot and a small role in the film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Then came the self-monikered Hulu series, one that he created and is loosely based on his life. As for his next projects, Youssef will lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature Hump. Simon Pegg is also attached to the family adventure film, which centers on a camel, a fox and a goat traveling across the Arabian desert.


You can find a full list of the winners here. The Golden Globes don’t necessarily predict upcoming winners at the Academy Awards, but it may still be a good idea to study up before this year’s Oscar nominees are announced January 13. If you do your homework and enter an Oscar pool, your predictions might just leave you as a big winner, yourself, after the next big awards show.


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