Checkmate! The Queen’s Gambit and Anya Taylor-Joy win Golden Globes

The Queen’s Gambit Netflix series won the Golden Globe for Best Limited TV Series while Anya Taylor-Joy, who played chess prodigy Beth Harmon, won her first Golden Globe as Best Actress. Anya, who faced stiff competition from Cate Blanchett (Miss America) and Nicole Kidman (The Undoing), later commented: “We played very sassy chess and I didn’t know I needed some help. ‘sassy failures in my life, but I do! ”

The Queen’s Gambit was released on October 23 of last year and within a week it had hit no. 1 in 27 countries. In a month, it was no. 1 in 63 countries and becomes the most popular limited series of all time on Netflix, with 62 million accounts watching the show. World chess champion Magnus Carlsen also gave his approval.

Now it looks like The Queen’s Gambit is set to follow its popular success with rave reviews. The Golden Globe Awards, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1944, are the first major televised awards of 2021. The Queen’s Gambit was nominated in two categories and won them both.

Anya Taylor’s contest for Best Actress for a Limited Series was awesome:

  • Cate Blanchett, Miss America
  • Daisy Edgar Jones, Normal people
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Nicole Kidman, The defeat

But her portrayal of Beth Harmon’s Fischer-like rise to the top of world chess in the 1960s won the award, and she was able to deliver the winner’s speech – virtually, due to the pandemic:

My god scott (Frank, the director), I love you for allowing me to be a part of this journey. Thanks for trusting me with Beth. It’s wonderful that everyone saw the show, but I would do this project over and over again. I learned so much, I am so grateful and thank you to the audience who watched and supported him and the characters. It meant the world, so thank you very much.

Anya Taylor-Joy then expanded on her feelings when speaking to reporters:

She was asked if she’s had enough of chess all her life and never wanted to see a chessboard again:

Oh my God, I could never say that. I love chess! I had to learn new skills for the movies I was making, so I can’t wait to have some free time so that I can get back to chess. And how has my life changed? It’s wild but I think what makes me the happiest is that I love what I do more and more with each project. I was afraid at one point that this love would go away and it really isn’t, so I’m so grateful that I’m still as passionate about what I love to do as I am.

Carla Renata of The Curvy Film Critic began with “I’m from the chess capital of the world, Saint Louis, Missouri”, before asking “the most surprising thing you discovered while learning to play chess?”

Anya replied:

What a pleasure to punctuate a feeling by moving a room! It’s really fun! Thomas Brodie-Sangster and I have done this a lot together. We played very sassy chess and I hadn’t realized I needed sassy chess in my life, but I do!

Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster at the American Championship

It wasn’t just Anya Taylor-Joy who won, however, as The Queen’s Gambit also took home the award for Best Limited Series, where the other nominees were:

  • Normal people
  • Small Ax
  • The defeat
  • Unorthodox

William Horberg, the executive producer, noted in accepting the award that Allan Scott had acquired the rights to Walter Tevis’ novel three years before Anya Taylor-Joy was born. Horberg also credited director Scott Frank as “the only one I know who can bring the sexy vibe to chess.”

Judit Polgar, the greatest female player of all time, and Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest female player of all time and someone who played an important role in the design of the chess sets in the series, all have two reacted to the triumph:

The Queen’s Gambit will be competing for the Emmys and BAFTA awards in the coming months, but for now, you might want to find out more about world chess champion Magnus Carlsen on The Queen’s Gambit, while he discusses some of the chess moments.

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