Golden Globe win ‘a wake-up call’

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By ALAS­TAIR REID

Richard Mad­den said he con­stantly doubts him­self as an ac­tor as he picked up a Golden Globe for his role in Body­guard. The Scot­tish ac­tor, 32, said: “I sup­pose it’s a wake-up call to me to be­lieve in your­self be­cause other peo­ple do.”

Ac­tor Richard Mad­den helped Bri­tain notch up the most num­ber of wins at the Golden Globe Awards in a decade with six awards.

The Scot and Olivia Col­man were among the big win­ners at the cer­e­mony in the most suc­cess­ful year since 2009, the year of Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire, when Bri­tain had a to­tal of seven wins.

Mad­den, 32, said he con­stantly doubts him­self as an ac­tor as he picked up the prize for best ac­tor in atv drama for his role in Body­guard.

Speak­ing af­ter ac­cept­ing the hon­our on stage at the cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les, Mad­den said the award was a “wake-up call” that will give him more self-con­fi­dence.

He said: “You con­stantly ques­tion your­self as an ac­tor, if you’re good enough, if you’re real enough or if you’re de­serv­ing of any­thing and that’s a con­stant thing that you’re do­ing for your­self.

“Kind of ques­tion­ing your abil­ity, so to even be nom­i­nated was a real con­fi­dence boost in terms of think­ing ‘I am do­ing this, I can do this’.

“And then I’ve won it. So I’m kind of blown away by it be­cause I’ve been ac­tive for 20 years, never think­ing you’re good enough, I sup­pose. And then to re­ceive some­thing like this, I sup­pose it’s a wake-up call to me to be like, be­lieve in your­self more be­cause other peo­ple do.”

Fol­low­ing his roles in Game Of Thrones and Body­guard, Mad­den has been named as a po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor to Daniel Craig as James Bond.

When asked about tak­ing the job of 007, Mad­den said: “They are just ru­mours.”

Broad­church star Col­man took home the best ac­tress in a com­edy or mu­si­cal prize for her role as Queen Anne in black com­edy The Favourite. Chris­tian

Bale scored the best ac­tor in a mu­si­cal or com­edy for his role as the for­mer vice pres­i­dent Dick Cheney in Vice, and Ben Whishaw was hon­oured in the best sup­port­ing ac­tor in a lim­ited se­ries or TV movie cat­e­gory for play­ing Nor­man Scott in A Very English Scan­dal.

Mu­sic pro­ducer Mark Ron­son won the best orig­i­nal song prize for Shal­low from A Star Is Born, which he co-wrote with Lady Gaga and Amer­i­can mu­si­cians An­thony Ros­so­mando and An­drew Wy­att.

Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, a Bri­tish-amer­i­can co-pro­duc­tion, won the best drama film ac­co­lade.

Col­man thanked her costars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, who she re­ferred to as “ma bitches”, while telling the au­di­ence: “I would like to tell you how much work­ing on this film meant to me but I can’t re­mem­ber be­cause I’m too ex­cited.”

Bale jok­ingly thanked “Satan” in his ac­cep­tance speech, quip­ping he would play Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader Mitch Mccon­nell fol­low­ing his role as Mr Cheney. He said: “Thank you Satan, for giv­ing me in­spi­ra­tion for this role.” Mean­while, Whishaw thanked the BBC for con­tin­u­ing to make “idio­syn­cratic and pow­er­ful work”.

Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody was one of the big­gest win­ners of the night, with Rami Malek win­ning the best ac­tor in a drama prize for his por­trayal of Fred­die Mer­cury.

He also thanked Queen and the band’s late front­man, say­ing: “Thank you to Fred­die Mer­cury for giv­ing me the joy of my life­time. I love you, you beau­ti­ful man. This is for – and be­cause of – you, gor­geous.”

An­other big win­ner was Green Book, which tells the story of jazz pi­anist Don Shirley’s con­cert tour through the seg­re­gated Deep South in the 1960s. The film won the best mu­si­cal or com­edy award, as well as best screen­play and best sup­port­ing ac­tor for Ma­her­shala Ali, who por­trays Shirley.

Glenn Close tri­umphed in the best ac­tress in a drama cat­e­gory for The Wife, while Regina King won best sup­port­ing ac­tress for If Beale Street Could Talk.

The cer­e­mony was hosted by San­dra Oh and Andy Sam­berg, who largely stayed away from po­lit­i­cal top­ics.

They joked they had been cho­sen to host due to be­ing the only peo­ple left in Hol­ly­wood who have not got in trou­ble for “say­ing some­thing of­fen­sive”.

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