The Latest: ‘Fleabag’ wins top TV comedy Golden Globe award

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on on the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards honoring achievements in television and film and being presented Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Fleabag has won its second Golden Globe of the night, this time for Golden Globe for best TV comedy series.

Creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge won best actress in a TV comedy earlier in the evening. “Succession” has also won two Globes in the TV drama categories.

The Globe goes with six Emmy Awards “Fleabag” won in September, including outstanding comedy series, with Waller-Bridge winning for both her acting and her writing.

The Amazon show based on a one-woman show performed by Waller-Bridge follows a misanthropic single woman in her relationships with men and family in London. It also stars Sian Clifford and Olivia Colman.

The second season, for which the show won the Globe, features a burgeoning relationship between Waller-Bridge and a priest, played by Andrew Scott.

Waller-Bridge thanked Barack Obama for including the show among his favorites of the year, and admitted her feelings for the ex-president run strong.

“Thank you Barack Obama for putting you on my list,” Waller-Bridge said from the stage. “You’ve always been on mine. And if you don’t know what that means, watch season one of ‘Fleabag.’”

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6:15 p.m.

Laura Dern has won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a film for “Marriage Story.”

Dern’s victory on Sunday night gives her her fifth Golden Globe, but her first for her work in film – the previous four all came for roles in television.

Dern plays a savvy divorce lawyer who represents Scarlett Johansson in director Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story.”

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6:10 p.m.

Ramy Youssef says he still needed to first thank God after Ricky Gervais’ “Thank your God and get off the stage” joke at the outset of Golden Globe Awards.

Youssef said backstage that his religion is an important part of his life after he won best actor in a TV comedy for “Ramy.” He plays a millennial American Muslim from an Egyptian family grappling with tradition and modernity in a divided New Jersey community.

“I was going to say anyway that I am very thankful to God,” Youssef said. “My show is about some of these in their faith. So I don’t always feel like I’m on the same page with the comedic styling of a Ricky Gervais on that subject. That’s something that means a lot to me.”

Gervais is a vocal atheist.

– Jonathan Landrum Jr. (@MrLandrum31 on Twitter), backstage at the Golden Globes.

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6:05 p.m.

Veteran actor Brian Cox has won the first Golden Globe of his long career for his work on “Succession.”

Cox took home the globe for best actor on a TV drama series for his portrayal of media magnate and family patriarch Logan Roy in the series about a wealthy family of media magnates in turmoil.

It was just the second Golden Globe nomination for the Scottish native Cox.

“Next year I will have been in this business for 60 years,” the 73-year-old Cox said as he accepted the award, joking that “I started when I was 2.”

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6 p.m.

Ellen DeGeneres reflected on her career and her imaginary family as she accepted the Carol Burnett Award for Excellence in Television at the Golden Globes.

DeGeneres said it took her a while to find her way in TV, even after she made history by coming out as gay on her sitcom.

“I had a sitcom. And I lost that sitcom. Then I had another sitcom, and I lost that sitcom too,” she said. “I got to do something I always wanted to do: Make whiskey. Then I got a talk show. I got a talk show. And I was able to be myself. I feel like you all have gotten to know me. I’m an open book.”

DeGeneres then poked fun at her sexuality, thanking a man who doesn’t exist.

“I couldn’t have done it without my husband Mark. Mark, you are my rock,” DeGeneres said to big laughs from the audience, including her wife, actress Portia de Rossi.

DeGeneres and de Rossi have no children, but DeGeneres talked to a couple anyway, looking at the camera and saying, “Rupert and Fiona go to bed.”

She also paid tribute to Carol Burnett, who received the inaugural award named for her last year before DeGeneres became the second recipient.

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5:40 p.m.

The groundbreaking class satire “Parasite” is the winner of the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film.

Director Bong Joon Ho’s movie has been one of the year’s most acclaimed films, in May becoming the first Korean film to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is about a family of hustlers who insert themselves in the lives of a wealthy family. It is ineligible to compete in the Globes’ two best picture categories, but is considered a strong candidate for a best film Oscar nomination later this month.

Bong spoke out for foreign films in his acceptance.

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will experience so many more amazing films,” the director said through a translator.

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5:35 p.m.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is continuing her awards dominance, winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy for her role on “Fleabag.”

Waller-Bridge take her first Golden Globe for her role on the Amazon series she created, to go with the acting Emmy she won in September along with Emmys for best TV comedy and for her writing.

With the win she unseats Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” who took the Globe for the previous two years.

The actress praised her co-star, Andrew Scott, who she said could have chemistry with a pebble.

“I love being Andrew’s pebble in this,” Waller-Bridge said as Scott smiled broadly in the audience.

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5:25 p.m.

“Succession” has won the Golden Globe for best TV drama series.

The HBO drama created by Jesse Armstrong that chronicles rivalries and relationships in a family of media magnates wins the Golden Globe for its second season.

The ensemble cast includes Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Hiam Abbass.

It beat out previous Golden Globe winners “Big Little Lies” and “The Crown.”

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5:15 p.m.

The first Golden Globe of the night was the kind of surprise that is typical of the show: Ramy Youssef won best actor in a TV comedy for “Ramy.”

“I know you guys haven’t seen my show,” Youssef said as he accepted the award. “Everyone’s like, is this an editor?”

“My mom was rooting for Michael Douglas,” he added. “For some reason Egyptians like Michael Douglas.”

Youssef was considered a longshot in a group of nominees that included Douglas, Bill Hader and Paul Rudd.

The 28-year-old Youseff plays a millennial American Muslim from an Egyptian family grappling with tradition and modernity in a divided New Jersey community.

“I’d like to thank my God,” he said as he received the award.

He wins for the first season of the Hulu series, which has been renewed for a second.

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5:05 p.m.

Ricky Gervais warned the audience at the Golden Globes that he was going to be as mean as he’s always been as host, but not to take it to hard.

“Remember, they’re just jokes,” Gervais said to open the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. “We’re all going to die soon. And there’s no sequel.”

He immediately started poking at celebrities, starting with the college admissions scandal.

“I came here in a limo,” Gervais said, “and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman.”

Gervais then pointed out what icons were in the audience, especially at the table for “The Irishman.”

“Just at this one table,” Gervais said, “is Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Baby Yoda. Oh wait, no, that’s Joe Pesci.”

Gervais, who has hosted four times before but not in the #MeToo era, took a shot there too. He said there was a wide variety of stars in the room, and they all have one thing in common: “They’re all afraid of Ronan Farrow,” Gervais said.

Farrow has played a key role in outing sexual misconduct as a reporter for The New Yorker.

Gervais returned this year for the first time since 2016 to host the annual champagne-soaked party that serves as the informal opening of Hollywood’s Awards season.

– Andrew Dalton (@andyjamesdalton)

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4:45 p.m.

“Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria says “a lot has changed for the better” for women in the movie industry, but the absence of female directors nominated at the Golden Globes shows that “things have been slow to catch up.”

Scafaria spoke from the red carpet before the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in Beverly Hills. Hers is among several movies including “The Farewell,” “Little Women” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” that scored nominations, but not for the women who directed them.

“We need storytellers who have a different perspective,” Scafaria said. “But we need awards like this to highlight us.”

Mark Duplass of the Apple Plus TV series “The Morning Show,” who is himself a film director, says the snubbing of women is just wrong.

“I went on Instagram to congratulate all the female director nominees,” he said from the carpet. “But then I said ‘Oh, wait. They didn’t get nominated this year.’”

– Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) and Jonathan Landrum Jr. (@MrLandrum31) on the Globes red carpet.

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4:25 p.m.

The stars are shimmering and shining Sunday on the Golden Globes red carpet.

“Harriet” nominee Cynthia Erivo is rocking a stunning diamond choker with a huge blue stone at the center. Her custom off-shoulder, tuxedo-inspired gown was created by Thom Browne. It took 800 hours to create the all-over hand beading and embroidery.

Kirsten Dunst and Dakota Fanning chose pink, an early color trend, but Jennifer Lopez went her own way in voluminous gown with a huge bow partially in green. Billy Porter didn’t disappoint in an epic cream feathered train. It was attached to his tuxedo jacket.

For more on the night’s fashion hits and misses, click here.

– Leanne Italie (@litalie on Twitter)

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3:30 p.m.

The few stars arriving early at the the ballroom where the Golden Globes are held can enjoy oversized bottles of Champagne and begin sipping on the chilled golden beet soup. It’s part of the new vegan menu for this year’s show.

The entree is king oyster mushroom scallops followed by an opera dome for dessert, a fancy name for a chocolate treat that includes pralines and hazelnuts.

The Globes has gotten attention this year for going to a plant-based menu as apart of a broader sustainability push.

Typically the biggest stars arrive close to the ceremony’s 5 p.m. Pacific start time, meaning they miss out on dinner. The meal is cleared from the rose-bedecked tables 30 minutes of the start of the show. But there’s still plenty of Champagne and wine to keep the crowd lubricated for the three-hour party, along with sandwiches and desserts in a bar area off the International Ballroom.

– Beth Harris (@bethharrisAP on Twitter) inside the Golden Globes ballroom

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3:15 p.m.

The first stars have begun arriving at the Golden Globe Awards and are making their way down the red carpet.

Early arrivals included Pierce Brosnan and his family, including sons Dylan and Paris, who will be onstage throughout the evening helping presenters and award winners as the show’s official ambassadors.

Director Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, were also among the first to arrive, as were “Fleabag” actor Andrew Scott and Chinese actress Zhao Shuzhen, who stars in “The Farewell.”

The Globes are the first major awards show of a truncated awards season that will end with the Academy Awards on Feb. 9. That’s given this year’s Globes ceremony additional influence since voting for Oscar nominations is now underway.

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8 a.m.

The Golden Globes are famously unpredictable, but a few sure things seem to be in store for Sunday’s awards. Streaming services will play a starring role.

Five-time host Ricky Gervais will snicker at his own jokes. And Brad Pitt is all but assured of taking home an award. Netflix comes into Sunday’s ceremony with a commanding 34 nods for its film and television offerings.

Jennifer Lopez could win her first Globe for her performance in “Hustlers” and there’s a three-way showdown in the original song category between Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Elton John.

The 77th Golden Globes will begin at 8 p.m. EST and be broadcast live on NBC. For more on what to expect from Sunday’s show, click here.

This image released by NBC shows Phoebe Waller-Bridge accepting the award for nest actress in a comedy series for “Fleabag” at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)
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