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The actress was not at the ceremony, however, to accept the honor. Presenters Glen Powell and Jay Ellis accepted it on her behalf at Tuesday’s 80th Golden Globes. She was the first winner of the night not to attend the ceremony. (Fellow winners Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Costner and Cate Blanchett were also not in attendance, despite their wins.)
“I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to be there tonight,” Zendaya said in a post to Instagram the following day, thanking the Globes for the “incredible” honor. “To my fellow nominees, it is a privilege to be named beside you, I admire you all deeply.”
She also thanked her Euphoria family, “without you, none of this is possible. Lastly, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has allowed Rue into theirs. I think everyone knows how much she means to me, but the fact that she can mean something to someone else is a gift. I’m honestly at a loss for words as I type this, all I can say is thank you thank you thank you.”
The Globes returned to a fully attended ceremony this year after NBC declined to air last year’s show in the wake of controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 2021 awards ceremony, meanwhile, was held remotely amid a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The win was the first at the Globes for Zendaya, who has also won two Emmys for her role on Euphoria. She beat out Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon), Laura Linney (Ozark), Imelda Staunton (The Crown) and Hilary Swank (Alaska Daily) in the category.
Zendaya recently wrapped filming on Dune: Part Two, which is due for release in November, and has Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers on tap for summer. Euphoria, meanwhile, has been renewed for a third season.
The HFPA, which presents the Golden Globes, is owned by Eldridge Industries. The Hollywood Reporter is owned by PME Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge.
Jan. 11, 11:40 a.m. Updated with Zendaya’s post.
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