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The Night Manager and The Crown reign over the Golden Globes

The Crown's Claire Foy and the stars of The Night Manager have won Golden Globes in a night of British success at the Hollywood awards show.

Foy was named best actress in a television drama for her portrayal of the Queen in the big-budget Netflix series about the monarch's early reign.

Tom Hiddleston was named best actor in a limited television series for his performance in BBC thriller The Night Manager, while Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman collected awards for their supporting roles on the show.

Musical La La Land won seven awards including best musical or comedy film, while coming-of-age drama Moonlight was named best film drama.

On stage, Laurie appeared to take aim at President-elect Donald Trump as he joked that he was collecting his award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the "last ever Golden Globes".

"I don't mean to be gloomy," he said.

"It's just it has 'Hollywood', 'foreign' and 'press' in the title. To some Republicans even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy.

"I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

Stockport-born Foy, 32, described her award win as an "out of body experience" as she paid tribute to the Queen.

"I really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for some extraordinary women, one is Queen Elizabeth II," she said on stage.

"She has been at the centre of the world the past 63 years and I think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it if you ask me."

The Crown, which stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill and Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh, was also named best television drama series.

There was more British success as Aaron Taylor-Johnson won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a movie for his portrayal of a psychopathic drifter in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals.

The 26-year-old actor dedicated his gong to his wife, film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson, 49, who he described as his "soul mate".

"I want to thank my wife for being there with me and supporting me," he said on stage.

"Thank you for putting up with me. Jesus, I was not very pleasant in this role."

Meryl Streep criticised President-elect Trump as she collected the Cecil B DeMille award, which honoured her contribution to the world of entertainment.

A husky-sounding Streep, who had lost her voice, told the audience: "You and all of us in this room belong to the most vilified segment of American society right now, think about it, Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

"But who are we and what is Hollywood anyway? It's just a bunch of people from other places."

Referring to an incident last year during which Trump appeared to mock a disabled reporter, Streep added: "It broke my heart when I saw it and I still can't get it out of my head.

"It wasn't in a movie, it was real life... disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When powerful people use their position to bully others we all lose."

She also paid tribute to her friend, the late Carrie Fisher, repeating a quote from the Star Wars actress.

"Take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you my friend," she said.

Ryan Gosling was named best actor in a musical or comedy for his performance as a struggling musician in La La Land.

He dedicated the award to Juan Carlos Mendes, the brother of his partner, actress Eva Mendes, following his death from cancer last year at the age of 53.

On stage, Gosling said: "While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I've ever had on a film, my lady was raising my daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.

"If she hadn't taken all that on so I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me.

"Sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters Amada, Esmeralda, I love you.

"I like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother Juan Carlos Mendes."

Emma Stone was named best actress in a musical or comedy film for La La Land, while Damien Chazelle won best screenplay and best director for the film. The movie also picked up gongs for best score and best original song for City Of Stars.

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for best actor in a film drama for his performance in Manchester By The Sea. French star Isabelle Huppert beat strong competition from Natalie Portman and Amy Adams to win best actress in a film drama for her role in psychological thriller Elle.

Viola Davis won best supporting actress in a movie for her performance in the drama Fences, beating British actress Naomie Harris, who was nominated for her portrayal of a crack addict in Moonlight.

The People Versus OJ Simpson: American Crime Story beat The Night Manager to win the award for best limited TV series.

Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark on The People Versus OJ Simpson, also won best actress in a limited TV series.

"I want to thank the remarkable Marcia Clark," Paulson said on stage.

"You are an inspiration to me."

Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosted this year's ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

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