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Atlanta took home the Golden Globe for best television series, comedy or musical, on Sunday night.
Series creator and star Donald Glover accepted the award on behalf of the cast. Co-stars Brian Tyree Henry, Keith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz were among those who also took the stage.
“This is incredible,” Glover said at the podium. “I really just want to thank Atlanta and all black folks in Atlanta — just for being alive and being amazing people. I couldn’t be here without Atlanta.”
Glover ended his speech with a sincere message of thanks, admitting that no one expected the amount of acclaim the show has been receiving: “Thanks to everyone. We didn’t think anyone was going to like the show, so we appreciate it.”
Speaking with reporters backstage, the rapper-actor continued to express his shock over Atlanta‘s win. “I think the best things just can’t be explained. … I truly do believe in magic and dreams, and that’s the kind of dreaming part of my show. You’ve got to believe in human magic a little bit.”
He continued, “We live in a time where things are really divisive. We all have a lot of responsibility. … You have that responsibility to keep that going and understand why you’re doing it — because of joy. Human joy is super important. It doesn’t come from a computer — it comes from belief. Acting and making music is believing. We forget how innocent and beautiful we were. It’s our responsibility to make magic again, because I think a ton of the stuff that’s happening right now is bullshit.”
Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.
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