With the last season of HBO’s “Succession” landing nine nominations at the 81st annual Golden Globes, Sarah Snook took home her first as in the lead actress in a drama series category. While Snook has won the Globe for her role as Shiv in HBO’s “Succession” in the past, this is her first win in this category — she previously competed in the supporting actress category. She took home the trophy in 2021, the last time “Succession” was eligible. This time around, following her dominant and powerful role in the final episodes of the fan-favorite drama, she submitted in the lead category.
Earlier in the night, “Succession” stars Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfadyen took home the awards for actor and supporting actor, and the series won best drama.
“I was kind of hoping I didn’t have to get up! Kieran is usually better at the speeches. Do you want to get up instead? You take it instead,” she said when taking the stage before thanking creator Jesse Armstrong and her family. “This show has changed my life, and everybody in it was amazing. The cast, the crew were fantastic. This was a team effort. It was always a team and that’s what made the show amazing, I think, to be part of.”
Before wrapping up, she quipped, “This room is so intimidating!”
Snook beat out Helen Mirren (“1923”), Bella Ramsey (“The Last of Us”), Keri Russell (“The Diplomat”), Imelda Staunton (“The Crown”) and Emma Stone (“The Curse”).
The Golden Globes returned to CBS for the first time since 1982. The awards show ran on TNT from 1989 to 1995 then signed a new broadcast deal with NBC in 1996, where it quickly became one of the most popular awards shows of the year. It remained at NBC until 2021. Following an L.A. Times expose over the HFPA’s ethics and lack of a diverse membership, the network chose not to continue with the partnership and declined to air the 2022 Golden Globes. After an overhaul of the HFPA, which eventually came to an end, NBC agreed to host the show for one more time last year.
This year, the show returns with new owners at Dick Clark Prods. Variety parent company PMC owns Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Prods. in a joint venture with Eldridge.
“We always thought that the Globes needed a new home,” Globes president Helen Hoehne told Variety last month. “We loved working with NBC, but at the same time, we’re obviously aware of things are changing. We thought about, are the Globes going streaming, or are we going to another network? There were lots of negotiations going on, and we’re thrilled to be with CBS. And being back on a Sunday, which was so important to us to be the first major awards body coming out the first Sunday of the year… We always were very firm that we’d be on January 7. We announced this a long time ago. We never deviated from that spot. There wasn’t even talk about going on a Tuesday or Monday. We always want it to be the first Sunday in the new year.”
The show waited some time to name a host, but eventually landed on comedian Jo Koy.
From Variety US