Golden Globes: Hugh Laurie Wins Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in TV
The 74th annual awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.
Hugh Laurie took home the Golden Globe for best performance by a supporting actor in TV on Sunday night for The Night Manager.
Laurie took a jab at President-elect Donald Trump as he opened his speech.
"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this amazing honor. I suppose it's made more amazing by the fact that I'll be able to say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes," he said to laughs from the audience. "I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just that it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign' and 'press' in the title. I also think that to some Republicans, even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy."
He ended his speech by thanking the "many, many people who gave me this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Backstage, Laurie told press that the whole experience felt like a "dream."
"The whole damn thing was pretty much a dream to me. This was a story I had fallen in love with 25 years ago when the book was published. I actually tried to auction the novel because I thought this should be onscreen. I thought that I would play the part Tom Hiddleston played — but then my hair fell out and a number of other things happened … " he joked.
On playing a villainous role in The Night Manager, the actor explained, "Bad people tend to be interesting because, thank God, they are rare. Genuinely villainous people are aberrations. You don't meet them every day. And when you do meet them, a large part of the work is already done for you because they're rare. It's much harder to make the guy in the bank interesting than the guy out there committing terrible sins."
He continued, "We seem to be whipping ourselves into this frenzy that this world is coming to an end. I don't believe it. I think most people are kind and generous and corporate. I think villainous people have the power to punch above their weight and to do a huge amount of damage. But they're rare. Most people are kind and generous and are getting kinder and more generous as the centuries go by."
Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.