The British star, 25, plays the late Royal in the fourth series of the Netflix drama, in a role which has won her widespread critical acclaim.
An emotional Emma said Diana – who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 – had taught her ‘compassion and empathy beyond measure’ as she accepted the award, on a night dominated by The Crown.
Royal role: The Crown’s Emma Corrin paid tribute to Princess Diana after winning the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday
Emma appeared virtually at the ceremony and was left almost speechless when her name was announced, as costar Olivia Coleman cheered her on.
The star first thanked her ‘incredible cast’ and her ‘Prince Charming’ Josh O’Connor, saying: ‘I could not have done this without you,’ before praising Princess Diana.
‘Most of all, thank you so much to Diana,’ Emma said, with her eyes raised to the sky.
‘You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure that I could ever imagine,’ she added, ‘and on behalf of everyone who remembers you so fondly and passionately, thank you.’
Chronicled: The British star, 25, plays the late Royal in the fourth series of the Netflix drama, in a role which has won her widespread critical acclaim
Emma beat costar Olivia Colman, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, Ozark’s Laura Linney and Ratched’s Sarah Paulson in the best actress in a TV drama category.
After Emma’s name was announced, Olivia was cheering for her and stood up to give her a round of applause.
Brits dominated the night as The Crown came away with multiple awards during the night, including Best Actor in a TV Series which went to Josh O’Connor, 30, who plays Prince Charles to Emma’s Lady Di.
As the night progressed, The Crown – which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times – swept the board as it also picked up Best Drama Series. The show won the same accolade in 2017.
Following that, Gillian Anderson, who portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the drama, scooped Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series.
He’s a viewer: An emotional Emma also revealed she felt ‘moved’ by Prince Harry ‘s revelation that he watches The Crown during his recent appearance on James Corden ‘s The Late Late Show (pictured together above)
Season four of The Crown follows the beginning of Prince Charles’ relationship with Princess Diana.
Emma later opened up to Extra’s Rachel Lindsay about her reaction to Prince Harry’s recent interview with James Corden, where he revealed he watches the show.
Prince Harry showed his loyalty to Netflix, with whom he has a multi-million pound contract, and defended The Crown, despite the show facing widespread criticism over its ‘twisted’ depiction of the Royal Family.
Speaking with James Corden, the Duke of Sussex, 36, gave his seal of approval to the Netflix show, which portrays his father Prince Charles as callous and self-serving and his grandmother the Queen as cold.
The fourth series of The Crown which premiered last November, showed Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles. Scenes showing Diana gorging on food before vomiting into a toilet are so graphic that they carry on-screen warnings.
Prince Harry – who also name-dropped Netflix elsewhere in the interview – said The Crown is ‘fictional’ but is ‘loosely based on the truth’ and captures the feeling of being expected to put ‘duty and service above family and everything else’.
Harry added he would like Homeland actor Damian Lewis to play him if his character ever appears on the show as an adult.
‘They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,’ Prince Harry said of The Crown. ‘But it’s loosely based on the truth.
‘Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely it gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle and the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else and what can come from that.
‘I’m way more comfortable about The Crown than the stories I see written about my family, my wife or myself. Because it’s the difference between that’s [the fact] obviously fiction, take it how you will – but this is reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.’
Emma said, ‘That really moved me in a way that I wasn’t really expecting.’
She continued, ‘When we’re making a show, we’re researching a show, on the one hand obviously we’re dealing with real people whose lives inform the characters that we then form, but on the other hand it’s intensely fictional, so actually when you’re doing a job it doesn’t find it so far removed from the real person and the people who are still alive…
‘It’s not something I ever felt I needed him to address or needed anyone to address, but actually hearing him say it, I’m glad that he enjoyed it, I feel moved and grateful for those words.’
‘To Emma Corrin, best actress winner, you’re extraordinary, talented, funny and brilliant player of rock paper scissors,’ he said. ‘I love you to bits.’
The actor concluded his speech with a message about the importance of mental health amid the pandemic.
‘I’m very lucky to be able to work in this period and there are so many people who are unable to work and are alone and isolated,’ he said. ‘And I hope that we can all collectively put mental health at the forefront of our mind. Thank you so much.’
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.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to host for the fourth time. The comedy duo did the honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
It is the first ever awards show to be broadcast from two separate coasts.
Fey, 50, broadcasted from atop New York City’s Rockefeller Center in the Rainbow Room and Poehler, 49, in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the ceremony is usually held annually.
Nominees tuned into the ceremony remotely but presenters have been asked to appear in person.
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.
Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of three-time Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and producer/philanthropist Tonya Lewis Lee, are serving as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors.
Jane Fonda, 83, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. The acting icon has previously won Golden Globes for her roles in Klute, Julia and Coming Home.
Norman Lear was honored with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television. The writer, director and producer is a six-time Golden Globe winner.
Nominations were announced on February 3 with streaming giant Netflix receiving 42 nominations across film and television.
GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE WINNERS
Best Motion Picture, Drama
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
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
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
The Life Ahead
Minari – WINNER
Two of Us
Best Animated Picture
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Soul – WINNER
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
News of the World
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
Best Television Series, Drama
The Crown – WINNER
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
Schitt’s Creek – WINNER
Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER
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”