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The 2021 Golden Globes had its own British invasion

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ led the charge as British actors and series won 40% of the awards

Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN) in “The Crown.”
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown.”
Mark Mainz, Netflix

On Sunday evening, movie stars from around the world logged on for what was perhaps the fanciest Zoom meeting of the year— the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted this year’s ceremony and, though it was conducted virtually, there were still plenty of meme-able moments, memorable outfits and surprise winners.

Once all the trophies were handed out, it proved to be a big night for our neighbors across the pond as British actors and programs took home 40% of the awards.

What happened

There’s a strong trend of British talent “invading Hollywood award ceremonies,” Deadline reports, a trend which continues into 2021 as British actors and programs nabbed 10 of 25 golden trophies awarded Sunday night.

The winners

Leading the charge was Netflix’s “The Crown” which garnered four awards, according to CBS News, including best TV drama, best actress in a dramatic TV series (Emma Corrin as Princess Diana), best actor in a dramatic TV series (Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles) and best supporting actress in a TV series (Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher).

The British “Star Wars” alum John Boyega won the award for best supporting actor in a TV series for his turn in the Amazon anthology series “Small Axe.”

London native Daniel Kaluuya, who appeared in Marvel’s “Black Panther” as W’Kabi, won best supporting actor in a feature film for his portrayal of the civil rights activist Fred Hampton in Warner Bros.’ R-rated docudrama “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy, who according to Deadline is both an American and British citizen, took home an award for her role at the center of Netflix’s original series “The Queen’s Gambit,” and Rosamond Pike was awarded for her lead performance in the streamer’s gritty new crime comedy “I Care A Lot.”

Bringing us to 10, Sacha Baron Cohen won two globes for his involvement in the incredibly vulgar social satire sequel “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” according to Sky News.

Looking ahead

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony marks the beginning of the 2021 awards season, and if it serves as any indicator for how the rest of the season will shake out, the U.K. is in for a very strong year.