'Chernobyl's' Stellan Skarsgard Wins Golden Globe for Best TV Supporting Actor

He took home his first Golden Globe on Sunday night.

Chernobyl's Stellan Skarsgard took home the award for best supporting actor in a television series at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night. 

Skarsgard won for his performance as Boris Shcherbina, based on the real-life Soviet politician who supervised the crisis management of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The Swedish actor expressed his surprise onstage, saying, "I was so sure that I shouldn't win that I already thanked everybody." 

Backstage, the actor told reporters how he was able to lighten up leaving set every day despite the miniseries' heavy subject matter.

"The thing is when you work with very dark material you very often have a lot of fun," Skarsgard said Sunday. "When I leave the set I turn off, it was very easy for me and we had a lot of fun doing with it. We were treating the material very seriously but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh and have fun."

Other contenders in the category were Andrew Scott, Alan Arkin, Kieran Culkin and Henry Winkler. The prize marks Skarsgard's first Golden Globe nomination and win, as well as the first win of the night for Chernobyl. The HBO miniseries was also nominated for best television limited series, best actor in a limited series and best television actress in a supporting role. 

The annual awards show saw Ricky Gervais return as host and aired on NBC.