Gillian Anderson confuses Golden Globes fans with 'American' accent

‘Wait, she’s not British?’ Gillian Anderson confuses Golden Globes fans by accepting award for playing Margaret Thatcher in an ‘American’ accent

Gillian Anderson baffled The Crown fans as she accepted an award for her role as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in an ‘American’ accent at Sunday’s 78th annual Golden Globes.

The actress, 52 – who was born in Chicago before living between Puerto Rico, London and Michigan during her childhood – scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, beating out her co-star Helena Bonham Carter. 

Viewers took to Twitter to express their confusion over her voice, with some claiming she recently used a British accent while promoting the Netflix hit.

‘She’s not British?’ Gillian Anderson baffled The Crown fans as she accepted an award in an ‘American’ accent at Sunday’s Golden Globes

One social media user said: ‘GILLIAN ANDERSON IS NOT BRITISH?!?!?! WHAT?!?!?!?! GIVE HER ALL THE F*****G AWARDS! HER BRITISH ACCENT IS SO CONVINCING!! #GoldenGlobes.’ (sic) 

Another stunned fan wrote: ‘Wait what. This is Gillian Anderson’s speaking voice!?!?!? #GoldenGlobes.’ (sic)

A third added: ‘Why is Gillian Anderson speaking with an American accent now? During all of her press interviews for The Crown, she spoke with a British accent… #GoldenGlobes.’ (sic)

Others commented: ‘I was waiting to hear which accent Gillian Anderson was going to use #GoldenGlobes.


Critically-acclaimed: The actress, 52, scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her role as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured R in 1980)

Transatlantic: The screen star was born in Chicago before living between Puerto Rico, London and Michigan during her childhood

‘If Gillian Anderson doesn’t accept her award in Margaret Thatcher’s voice, does it even count? #GoldenGlobes.

‘Definitely wondered which accent Gillian would use in her speech. #GoldenGlobes.

‘So the fugazy weird Gillian Anderson UK accent goes in the bin when she wins @goldenglobes and has to quick talk a speech via zoom or whatever. #GoldenGlobes #TheCrown.

‘Sort of surprising that for the HFPA’s #GoldenGlobes Gillian Anderson does *not* have her British accent that she seems to have a lot of other times.

‘She must be a true method!’ Viewers took to Twitter to express their confusion over her voice, with some claiming she recently used a British accent while promoting the Netflix hit

‘I love Gillian Anderson but it drives me crazy how she changes her accent depending on what country she is in or talking to. #GoldenGlobes.

‘Gillian Anderson is multi-accented. I’ve heard her do interviews with her British accent. #GoldenGlobes.

‘Ok Gillian must be a true method cuz last year during interviews Gillian had a British accent #GoldenGlobes.

‘Watching Gillian Anderson, who is from Chicago, inexplicably accept a #GoldenGlobes award in an Irish accent is some Madonna-level something.

”Part of me wishes I could control it, but I can’t’: The Sex Education actress has described herself as ‘bi-dialectal’ in the past

‘I’m guessing Gillian is in the States because she’s speaking with an American accent. #GoldenGlobes.’ (sic)

In her speech, the X-Files star thanked her boyfriend and show creator creator Peter Morgan and called the late politician an ‘exquisitely multi-dimensional character… against the odds’.

Gillian moved to the English capital shortly after her birth, before moving back to the US when she was 11. 

The Sex Education actress has described herself as ‘bi-dialectal’ in the past, telling The Telegraph: ‘Part of me wishes I could control it, but I can’t. I just slip into one or the other. 

‘When I moved to the States I tried hard to cling on to my British accent because it made me different. Even on the phone my accent will change.’   

The Crown reigned supreme, sweeping the board as it picked up four major trophies at the 78th annual event.

Budding star Emma Corrin, who portrayed the late Princess Diana, and Prince Charles actor Josh O’Connor won acclaim for their roles. 

Hollywood’s debut soirée of the awards season saw the show, which chronicles the life of the Queen from the 1940s onwards, also pick up Best Drama Series – the same accolade it won in 2017.

Elsewhere, Brits proved to be a dominating force on the night, with Rosamund Pike (I Care a Lot), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), and John Boyega (Small Axe) also among those walking away with top prizes.

 Impressive: The Crown reigned supreme, sweeping the board as it picked up four major trophies at the 78th annual event (Emma Corrin pictured C winning the Best Actress prize)

This year’s ceremony, which usually takes place in early January, was pushed back to February 28 as Hollywood continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic and new safety guidelines.  

Comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to front the show for the fourth time, after hosting the presentation in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  

The impressive list of presenters this year included; Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Annie Mumolo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig and Renee Zellweger.

Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Kate Hudson and Kenan Thompson also took to the stage to hand out the honours.

Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of three-time Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and producer/philanthropist Tonya Lewis Lee, served as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors. 

GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE WINNERS

 MOVIES 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Father

Mank

Nomadland – WINNER

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

On the road again: Nomadland won the top honor in film Best Motion Picture, Drama

 

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WINNER

Hamilton

Music

Palm Springs

The Prom

 

Best Director

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

David Fincher – Mank

Regina King – One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER

Trailblazing: Chloe Zhao became just the second woman to win for directing in 78 years

 

Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher – Mank

Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – The Father

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – WINNER

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Foreign Language Picture

Another Round

La Llorona

The Life Ahead

Minari – WINNER

Two of Us

 

Best Animated Picture

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Over the Moon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday – WINNER

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Big moment: Andra Day was the surprise winner in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama category

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson – Music

Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit

Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot – WINNER

Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WINNER

James Corden – The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg – Palm Springs

Winner! Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically-charged sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned two awards

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Glenn Close – Hilbilly Elegy

Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian – WINNER

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Helena Zengel – News of the World

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Jared Leto – The Little Things

Bill Murray – On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami

 

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky

Tenet

News of the World

Mank

Soul – WINNER

 

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah

The Life Ahead – WINNER

One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The United States vs Billie Holiday

TELEVISION 

Best Television Series, Drama

The Crown – WINNER

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Ratched

Triumphant: The Crown nearly swept all of the dramatic television categories including Best Television Series, Drama as creator Peter Morgan accepted the award

 

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Emily in Paris

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Ted Lasso

 

Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Normal People

The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER

Small Axe

The Undoing

Unorthodox

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Emma Corrin – The Crown – WINNER

Laura Linney – Ozark

Sarah Paulson – Ratched

Crowning achievement: Emma Corrin beat out her The Crown co-star Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II) in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama category 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Josh O’Connor – The Crown – WINNER

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Al Pacino – Hunters

Matthew Rhys– Perry Mason

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Lily Collins – Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning – The Great

Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Legend: Catherine O’Hara earned the win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in Schitt’s Creek

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical

Don Cheadle – Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult – The Great

Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso – WINNER

Ramy Youssef – Ramy

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett – Mrs America

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Shira Haas – Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman – The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER

Checkmate: It was also a big night for Anya Taylor-Joy as she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie for The Queen’s Gambit

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Bryan Cranston – Your Honour

Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant – The Undoing

Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True – WINNER

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

Gillian Anderson – The Crown – WINNER

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Julia Garner – Ozark

Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon – Ratched

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

John Boyega – Small Axe, “Red, White and Blue” – WINNER

Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule

Jim Parsons – Hollywood

Donald Sutherland – The Undoing

No axe to grind: The second award of the night went to John Boyega in the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series category for his role in Small Axe “Red, White and Blue”

 

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