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Anya Taylor-Joy Wins Best Actress For The Queen's Gambit At The Golden Globes

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Anya Taylor-Joy Wins Best Actress For The Queen's Gambit At The Golden Globes

Anya Taylor-Joy has won Best Actress for her role in Queen's Gambit at the 2021 Golden Globes Awards.

Taylor-Joy, 24, plays Beth Harmon in the seven-part series which follows her meteoric rise through the chess world in 1950s and '60s America as she becomes one of the fiercest players in the game.

Anya Taylor-Joy receiving her award. Credit: NBC
Anya Taylor-Joy receiving her award. Credit: NBC

Taylor-Joy was up against fellow nominees Cate Blanchett for Mrs. America, Daisy Edgar-Jones for Normal People, Shira Haas for Unorthodox and Nicole Kidman for The Undoing.

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Accepting the award, Taylor-Joy said: "I would love to thank Netflix and the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] of course. Thank you for letting us make this show that we wanted to make. Our beautiful cast, our beautiful crew thank you so much."

She added: "It's wonderful that everyone's seen the show but I would do this project again and again and again, I learnt so much, I'm so grateful. Thank you to the audiences that have watched it."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

When the chess show was released on Netflix, the streaming service revealed that it was a record-setting series that was watched by millions.

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In a tweet, Netflix wrote: "A record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen's Gambit in its first 28 days, making it Netflix's biggest scripted limited series to date."

They also explained that the show managed to hit the Top 10 list in 91 countries and was number one in 63 countries. The book that the series was based on has entered the New York Times bestseller list an incredible 37 years after it was published.

On top of that, the number of people searching 'How to play chess' on Google hit a nine-year high.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix
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Since watching the show, fans were hoping for another instalment and it might be on the cards - if it's anything to do with Taylor-Joy who said she'd be up for a second season.

Speaking to Town & Country, Anya said: "If I've learned anything from being in this industry, it's never say never.

"I adore the character, and I would certainly come back if I was asked to, but I do think we leave Beth in a good place.

"I think the rest of her life will surely be an adventure as well, but in the quest that she goes on in this to find some form of peace, just some form of being able to be happy with who she is.

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"I think it ends in a nice place."

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