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Phoebe Waller-Bridge thanks Obama in Golden Globe acceptance speech

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Jakarta  /  Mon, January 6, 2020  /  04:15 pm
Phoebe Waller-Bridge thanks Obama in Golden Globe acceptance speech

Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses backstage with her Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy award for 'Fleabag' at the 77th Golden Globe Awards in California, United States, on Jan. 5. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

British writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge thanked former United States president Barack Obama in her acceptance speech at the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6 in Beverly Hills, United States. 

Waller-Bridge accepted two awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy and Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy for Fleabag.

In her speech, Waller-Bridge referred to Obama’s "Favorite Movies of 2019" list, which was posted on his Twitter account on Dec. 30, 2019. It included the second season of Fleabag under “TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies”. 

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“Personally, I would like to also thank Obama for putting us on his list. As some of you may know, he’s always been on mine,” the 34-year-old said, cheekily referring to Obama’s “cameo” in the first season of the series, where her character is seen pleasuring herself to one of his speeches.

Adopted from a one-woman play performed by Waller-Bridge at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fleabag tells the story of a dry-witted and angry young woman living a modern life in contemporary London as she struggles economically and tries to navigate life following a recent tragedy. 

The series also stars Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, Sian Clifford, Hugh Dennis and Brett Gelman. It grew into a phenomenon in the US after the series was acquired by Amazon and won six Emmy Awards in 2019, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (vel/wng)

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