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British invasion: who won what at the Golden Globes?

Brits pick up a string of gongs during golden night in Los Angeles

British stars stole the show at the Golden Globes last night, taking home awards including best director and best actress in a drama series.

Sam Mendes won two gongs for his First World War film 1917 – for best film drama and best director – while Oscar-winner Olivia Colman won best actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge bagged two awards for season two of her hit BBC show Fleabag, and thanked co-star Andrew Scott for bringing “so much fire” to his role of the “Hot Priest” in the comedy-drama.

Colman said she “had money” on not winning the award. “For the last year I feel I’ve been living someone else’s life, and now I feel I’ve won someone else’s award,” she said in her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman was awarded two Golden Globes. Welsh star Taron Egerton was named best actor in a musical or comedy for his portrayal of the singer, saying the film had been “the best experience of my life”.

The real-life star of the biopic, along with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, won best film song for their Rocketman composition I’m Gonna Love Me Again.

Satirical series Succession, created by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong, was named best TV drama.

But it wasn’t only the Brits who took home handfuls of prizes. Quentin Tarantino won best screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and star Brad Pitt took home his second Golden Globe for best supporting actor.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor in a film drama for Joker, while Renee Zellweger won best actress in a drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy.

Phoenix used his speech to encourage fellow stars to “take responsibility and make changes”, saying “contrary to popular belief I don't want to rock the boat, but the boat is doomed”.

“We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs to the awards sometimes,” he added.

Awkwafina - real name Nora Lum - won best actress in a musical or comedy for The Farewell, becoming the first woman of Asian heritage to win the award.

Russell Crowe won the award for best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television for The Loudest Voice. The actor sent a message about the bushfires ravaging his home country of Australia.

“Make no mistake, the tragedy taking place in Australia is climate change-based,” he said in the message, which was read to the audience by Jennifer Aniston.

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