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Golden Globes: ‘The Crown’ Star Claire Foy Thanks Queen Elizabeth II in Acceptance Speech

Claire Foy won the Golden Globe Award Sunday for best actress in a television drama, and thanked the monarch she portrays as she took the stage to accept.

Foy’s work as a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown” earned her her first-ever Globe nomination. She has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.

On stage, she called Queen Elizabeth II “extraordinary,” and said she “has been at the center of the world for 63 years.” “I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me,” she added.

Foy also gave a special shoutout to her co-stars John Lithgow, who beamed at her from the audience throughout the speech, and Matt Smith. Right after Foy won, “The Crown” took the prize for best TV drama.

Foy beat out a field that included Caitriona Balfe of Starz’s “Outlander”; Keri Russell of FX’s “The Americans”; Winona Ryder of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”; and Evan Rachel Wood of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Of that field, only Balfe was a returning nominee from last year. Taraji P. Henson, who won last year for her role as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” was not nominated this year. Last year, Henson beat out Robin Wright of Netflix’s “House of Cards”; Eva Green of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”; Viola Davis of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”; and Balfe.

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