‘Wolf Hall’ takes home Golden Globe hardware for Best Limited Series


PBS’ adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels took home the Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Golden Globe last night, dethroning last year’s winner Fargo. Other series nominated in the category were American Crime, American Horror Story: Hotel, and Flesh and Bone.

Wolf Hall on PBS

Nominated for a total of eight Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this year, Wolf Hall, the fictional take on the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, debuted on PBS in January of 2015, bringing two of Mantel’s books to life, and starred Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, and Claire Foy.

The British Invasion continued as this year’s Golden Globe nominations were, once again, littered with British acting greatness. Unfortunately, apart from Wolf Hall and Kate Winslet with her Best Actress in a Supporting Role Performance in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, a number of notables from the British acting world will only to be able to claim how happy they are  ‘just to be nominated’ this year including:

  • Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Dame Maggie Smith for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her role in The Lady in the Van
  • Eddie Redmayne for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for his role in The Danish Girl
  • Dame Helen Mirren in Trumbo for Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies for Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his Wolf Hall performance
  • Damian Lewis in Wolf Hall for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Idris Elba was nominated twice for Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in Beast of No Nation and for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his brilliant performance in Luther (yes, I thought he should have won).
  • Patrick Stewart in Blunt Talk of Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
  • Alan Cumming in The Good Wife for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Christian Bale, for his role in The Big Short, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
  • Shaun the Sheep for Best Motion Picture, Animated

Making his fourth appearance, this year’s Golden Globes ceremony was hosted by Ricky Gervais, who promptly began the evening by trashing Hollywood’s best and brightest.