Welsh actor Taron Egerton among Brit Golden Globe winners

"Rocketman" star joined Sam Mendes, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Coleman

British stars are once again showing them how it's done in Hollywood, with Welsh actor Taron Egerton among the big winners at this year's Golden Globes for his role in the Elton John biopic "Rocketman".

 Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman and Sir Sam Mendes also won awards.

A year after her awards season sweep for her role in The Favourite, Colman is once again a winner for another royal role in 2020 - this time in the TV category, for her portrayal of the Queen in The Crown.

Following several awards at the Emmys last year, Fleabag writer and star Waller-Bridge has been named best actress in a TV comedy at the Globes, while the British sitcom is also this year's best TV series (musical comedy) winner.

In the film categories, Mendes' war epic 1917 was named best drama and also won him the award for best director.

Egerton picked up the best actor (musical or comedy) prize for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in Rocketman - with the singer himself also adding to the British haul with a win in the best original song category.

Elsewhere in the big screen categories, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was named best musical or comedy, while Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renee Zellweger (Judy) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) picked up awards for their performances.

On stage, a shocked Colman said she "had money on this not happening" as she accepted her award.

"For the last year I feel I've been living someone else's life and now I feel I've won someone else's award," she said.

"I've had the loveliest time doing this. To all my fellow nominees, I don't really know what to say because I already got a little bit boozy because I thought this wasn't going to happen."

Waller-Bridge thanked former US president Barack Obama for naming the show on his list of best film and TV of 2019 - and made a cheeky reference to his unexpected appearance in the first series.

"Personally I would like to thank Obama for putting us on his list; as some of you may know, he has always been on mine.

"And if you don't get that, please watch season one of Fleabag really, really quickly."

Speaking to reporters backstage, the star said she would be auctioning off her outfit for the night, a gold sequinned trouser suit, to raise money for the aid effort for the bushfires in Australia.

Mendes, who won the best director award over nominees including Martin Scorsese, for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino, for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, said the win came "as a big surprise" as he collected it in on stage.

"There is a not a director in this room, not in the world, that is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese," he said.

Mendes dedicated the prize to his grandfather Alfred, who inspired the film, saying: "He signed up for the First World War aged 17 and he is looking down on us and I fervently hope it never happens again."

Egerton looked emotional as he accepted his award, saying playing Elton John has changed his life.

He also thanked David Furnish for believing "I could play your husband" and added: "To Elton John, thank you for the music, for living a life less ordinary and thank you for being my friend."

Hosting the ceremony, British comedian Ricky Gervais lived up to his reputation for controversy, with an opening monologue containing jokes about Prince Andrew and James Corden, as well as a lewd gag about Dame Judi Dench.

Other big TV winners included media satire Succession and Chernobyl, with Succession named best TV drama and its star Brian Cox, another British actor, winning the best actor in a TV drama prize.

Chernobyl picked up the best limited series made for television prize, while star Stellan Skarsgard won the supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie award.

Korean film Parasite won best foreign language film, while Missing Link fended off competition from Disney heavyweights Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 to take the animated film prize.

And there were big cheers for two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks who was given the lifetime achievement Cecil B DeMille award in recognition of his four-decade career in entertainment.

"It's those moments as an actor where everybody I have ever worked with has helped me get to that place," Hanks said.

"Sometimes it's 3 o'clock in the morning and sometimes it's 11 at night, in which you just have to somehow put it all together, have faith in what the process is and go there."

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