[Update: Tom Hiddleston's response included at end of article]
Tom Hiddleston took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television during last night's #GoldenGlobes, which delighted Hiddleston fans and sparked outrage from Team Riz Ahmed. Claims of injustice aside, it wasn't Hiddleston's victory that got people talking, but his very odd choice of acceptance speech.
After some endearingly British civility — "well this is just lovely, thank you" — Hiddleston's speech took on quite a different tone. Appearing to launch into a potentially clichéd travel brag, he began to tell a moving story about his recent trip to South Sudan:
"The Night Manager is about arms dealing, and there are far too many arms going into South Sudan".
It's clear to see from Hiddleston's Twitter account that the actor is incredibly passionate about UNICEF's work in the war-torn nation, and it seemed like Hiddleston was taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the "terrible situation" in the world's youngest country; An important and noble gesture.
However, his anecdote about sharing a "cheeky beer" with humanitarian workers took a turn for the unexpected when he instead revealed how "immensely proud" he was to find out that a group of young Médecins Sans Frontières doctors and nurses had been binge-watching The Night Manager:
"The idea that I could provide — or that we could provide — some relief and entertainment for the people that work for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Program, that are fixing the world in the places that it is broken, made me immensely proud".
Check out the whole speech here:
His somewhat self-centred speech elicited more than a few questionable reactions from his fellow actors in the audience. Vince Vaughn and Naomi Harris struggled to conceal their undeniable discomfort; Mahershala Ali looked slightly gobsmacked; And Christian Slater appeared to be downright blown way. Take a look for yourself:
"The idea that I could provide..."
"...Or that we could provide..."
A Laugh And A Half
Despite the good intentions behind dedicating his award "to those out there who are doing their best", Hiddleston has been absolutely torn apart on Twitter, with his speech becoming the night's most tragically hilarious event:
Some even went so far as to criticize his problematic perspective, labelling him a "white saviour":
And of course, there was no end to the Taylor Swift references:
It wasn't just his choice of words that were under fire, either. His speech clocked in at over two minutes long— which was perhaps a little too long for some:
Update January 9:
In response to seeing the reactions to his speech, Tom Hiddleston posted a status to Facebook expressing regret for his "inelegant" expression:
"I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong. Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me".
Check out the trailer for The Night Manager here and feels its power of "relief and entertainment" for yourself: