Gillian Anderson brought home the Golden Globe for playing conservative leader of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher.
Queer women hate Margaret Thatcher almost as much as we love Gillian Anderson, so when she transformed herself into the Iron Lady for the latest season of The Crown, we obviously had a lot of mixed feelings. Thatcher notably put in place institutionalized homophobia, namely with Section 28 which prohibited "the promotion of homosexuality."
But we have nothing but good feelings about Anderson taking home a much-deserved Golden Globe for the role. Before the ceremony she mentioned that the most difficult part was putting all the "bits" together — the walk, accent, mannerisms, and more — onscreen.
Anderson was up against Helena Bonham Carter, also for The Crown, Julia Garner for Ozark, Annie Murphy for Schitt’s Creek, and Cynthia Nixon for Ratched.
When she went to give her acceptance speech, Anderson got a bit tongue tied saying that you're "so relaxed" until the big moment and then you just freeze up.
Anderson and Nixon weren’t the only queer women nominated this year. Jodie Foster was nominated for her supporting role in The Mauritanian, and Sarah Paulson was nominated for the lead role in Ratched opposite Nixon. Foster won her award just before Anderson.
Additionally, Rosamund Pike won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for playing lesbian scammer Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot.
Anderson has been nominated for five previous Golden Globes, winning in 1997 for playing Agent Dana Scully in The X Files. She was nominated for that role four times, and once for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Bleak House in 2007.