Dame Helen Mirren made history at the Golden Globes On Monday, becoming the first actress ever to scoop Best Actress awards in both film and television categories in the same year.
Accepting her first award of the evening for Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television with her acclaimed portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I, a flustered Dame Helen snagged her flowing gown on a chair as she rushed up to the stage to accept her award from Terence Howard and Sienna Miller.
“Elizabeth I would have an amazing speech at this point, wouldn’t she?” quipped the 61-year old actress, before going on to say that she was ‘incredibly honoured’ to receive the award.
The actress, who was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband of nine years, director Taylor Hackford, made a second solo trip to the stage when Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman announced her as the winner of Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama, for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.
“In 1952, a young woman named Elizabeth Windsor walked into the role of a lifetime,” announced the Helen, before suggesting that the award ‘should really go to her, not me’.
Adding that Queen Elizabeth ‘already has an orb to go with her sceptre’ a beaming Helen concluded: “I’ll gratefully receive this one.”