Golden Globes: Ben Whishaw Wins Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

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Whishaw won the Globe for his role in 'A Very English Scandal,' which is nominated for two other awards this year.

A Very English Scandal's Ben Whishaw took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for TV.

This was Whishaw's first nomination and first win at the Golden Globes. While accepting the award, he thanked his co-star Hugh Grant, director Stephen Frears, writer Russell T Davies and the man on whom his character is based.

"There's one person I really, really want to dedicate this award to, and it's the man I had the privilege to portray in this show: Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with a courage and a defiance that I find completely inspiring. He's a true queer hero and icon, and Norman, this is for you." 

Backstage, Whishaw added that it was "really hard" portraying a real person. "Trying to capture him and all of his complexity — that was really the thing I had in the forefront of my mind," he said.

The actor beat out Alan Arkin in Kominsky Method, Kieran Culkin in Succession, Edgar Ramirez in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Harry Winkler in Barry.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Jan. 6.

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